The Confession (Hardback)
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The Confession (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 19/09/2019
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The third novel from the inordinately talented Jessie Burton glides elegantly through the Los Angeles of the 1980s and the present day, spinning a hypnotic tale of mystery and motherhood around a reclusive writer and her insecure protégée. The Confession is another singular triumph from one of the finest new prose writers of the past decade.

'Dazzlingly good, utterly engrossing . . . Without doubt one of the best novels of recent years' Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail

The sensational Sunday Times bestseller from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.


One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.

Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie's imposing house in search of a confession . . .

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, The Confession is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509886142
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 290 x 162 x 52 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Dazzlingly good. The Confession is that rare thing: an utterly engrossing novel which asks big questions without ever once losing sight of the storyteller's need to entertain and move. I turned the final pages in tears and I know already I shall return to it again and again. Without doubt one of the best novels of recent years -- Elizabeth Day, author of The Party and How to Fail
I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a long time . . . I lost myself in the story, not wanting to come up for air. A bold, intelligent, wonderful novel -- Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man
Burton is asking important questions in The Confession - questions about motherhood, art and creativity, love, friendship - and in doing this, she has created three utterly fascinating characters. Connie, Elise, and Rose are complicated; complex in ways that women are so rarely allowed to be in literature, demanding that their stories be heard. This is a beautiful novel and one that will stay with me for a very long time -- Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours
Jessie Burton always writes perceptively about female identity and creativity, but here she also explores motherhood in all its guises and nuances to stunning effect * Red *
Her best yet, I'm dazzled by it . . . it's ambitious and courageous in its scope and I was thrilled and emboldened. The Confession is clever, assured and compelling and I am deeply jealous of every reader who has it all ahead of them -- Daisy Buchanan, author of The Sisterhood
Successful writer Constance 'Connie' Holden and Elise Morceau meet by chance on Hampstead Heath in 1980. Elise follows Connie to the glamorous world of LA, but it's not long before she makes a decision that changes everything, and a compelling mystery begins to unfold. An absorbing tale of self-discovery * Woman & Home *
An irresistible tale of families, deception and the consequences of our choices. With Connie, Rose and Elise, Jessie pours light into the closed-off parts of our minds, and explores how we can be both masters of and servants to our own fate. She unpicks you stitch by stitch, then puts you back together again -- Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars
A masterpiece about the autonomy of women and their roles in society, navigating Hollywood stardom, motherhood and fragmented identity * Irish Tatler *
An absorbing, intelligent piece of storytelling that succeeds in sustaining its mystery to the end * Observer *
The story of the intoxicating relationship between two women, and its fallout * Sunday Times Culture *
Stylish and riveting, Burton's latest is every bit as gripping as The Miniaturist, the debut that made her name * Vogue *
In The Confession, Jessie Burton hasn't just captured a myriad of women's experiences but also the intrinsic ambivalence of living in a female body: the advantages, the oppressions. She's built a world of women that is so vivid and absorbing that at one point I paused in my reading to google Connie - and only then remembered that she was a fictional character -- Jean Hannah Edelstein, author of This Really Isn't About You
The story of three women: Elise, Constance and Rose, who are united by love, rejection and self-understanding. What elevates the story is Burton's writing - like in The Miniaturist and The Muse - this is a book that'll sweep you along and make you reflect on your own choices in life * Stylist *
I loved Burton's debut, The Miniaturist, but this is even better! Rose's mother disappeared when she was a baby, and the last person to see her was Constance, a reclusive novelist based in Hampstead. When Rose tracks her down, will she get the answers she needs? I was completely engrossed -- Nina Pottell, Prima
The Miniaturist author channels her talent for complex characters and absorbing mysteries into a new story about the connection between three women * Culture Whisper *
A powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves * Sheerluxe *

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“Lies, secrets and love....”

Jessie Burton is acclaimed for creating stories of complex characters and their relationships with each other.
Confessions is set in two time lines, the 80’s and now, and switches between them to tell the story of... More

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“Family secrets...”

Jessie Burton creates such distinctive characters that you can not help but feel involved. I found this book both emotional and moving. The focus being on strong female characters. Rose is searching for answers and... More

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“The Confession”

I’ve been lucky enough to receive an advanced reading copy of Burton’s new novel and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The story flowed from beginning to end without ever feeling rushed or... More

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