The Muse (Paperback)
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The Muse (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages
Published: 15/06/2017
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Waterstones Says

An elegant, nuanced novel about the burden of creativity and the sexual passion that fuels the artistic process, Jessie Burton’s follow-up to the former Waterstones Book of the Year The Miniaturist, is an electrifying dual narrative blessed with epic sweep and evocative prose.        

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

From the author of Waterstones Book of the Year 2014, The Miniaturist.

Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve. Many moments that change a life’s course – a conversation with a stranger on a ship for example – are pure luck. And yet no one writes you a letter, or chooses you as their confessor, without good reason. This is what she taught me: you have to be ready to be lucky. You have to put your pieces into play.

A picture hides a thousand words ...

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever.

Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences ...

Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447250975
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Burton's multi-layered story is never less than engaging . . . she has an undoubted gift for seizing the reader's attention and holding it . . . powerful . . . genuinely surprising - Sunday Times

Deftly plotted, a masterclass in pacing, tension and suspense, and richly characterised . . . exquisitely written, evocative and suspenseful - Sunday Express

Those who loved The Miniaturist will find here all the cliffhangers, twists and heart-stopping revelations they expected, and in two evocative settings . . . as a study of female creativity, it triumphs - Daily Telegraph

An exhilarating read, Jessie Burton can expect more awards to soon be coming her way - The Herald

Tremendous vitality . . . her craftsmanship and surefooted prose ensure a satisfying conclusion - Daily Mail

Rich and gripping . . . excellently explores the writing process itself . . . Burton breathes life into her words - Independent

An intricate story of imposture . . . strong on the emotional and sensual . . . who would bet against it selling a million copies like its predecessor? - Guardian

Readers who enjoyed The Miniaturist won't be disappointed - The Times

Richly atmospheric and engrossing . . . you'll turn the pages feverishly - Daily Express

Impressive . . . It takes all the promise of The Miniaturist - the complex female characters, an entrancing mystery, a lush and evocative sense of place - and executes it with wit and style. My book of the summer - Elle

A painterly writer with an eye for the telling detail . . . suspenseful . . . when the postman rang the doorbell bang in the middle of the denoument, I sprinted back up six flights of stairs to know who was going to get out of Arazuelo alive - The Spectator

Burton is also adept at generating atmosphere and a sense of place (both Spain and London are vividly realised) and she brings her characters' lives a degree of commitment, imaginative compassion and detail that brings them palpably and affectingly to life - The National

Clever and complex, with a shocking climax . . . Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful . . . a masterpiece - Belfast Telegraph

Delves deep into another world . . . the must-read of summer 2016 - Glamour

Jessie Burton's gripping new novel follows a young London art-gallery employee whose discovery of a lost masterpiece draws her into the mystery surrounding its provenance - Harper’s Bazaar

A deeply involving and thought-provoking read - Woman & Home

Another surefire bestseller - Fabulous

I found it to be one of the most powerful and beautiful and original things I have read in a very long time. It is exquisite in every way - Claire Kendal, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Book of You

A beautifully crafted, simmering love story - Glamour (10 Best Novels of 2016)

Jessie Burton’s The Muse is both elegant and as gripping as a thriller, even better than her first - SJ Watson, Guardian

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Emma Smith at Bedford

“A picture tells a hundred stories”

The story of a lost masterpiece, two young women, love and deception. A great premise for a book – how often have we looked at paintings and wondered about the story behind them.
I got completely swept away with both... More

Hardback edition
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Leilah at Doncaster

“As arresting of your senses as any exceptional work of art...”

A painting connects two threads of this story, which is set both in 1930s Spain and 1960s London. Though outwardly there is a jarring between the political powder keg of the Spanish Civil War as it penetrated its... More

Hardback edition
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“Captivating!”

As in, "The Miniaturist," the dolls house takes centre stage, this story focuses on a particular painting. It was full of mystery and beautifully written. The story swiftly moves from one era to the next... More

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