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The Miniaturist

Author: Jessie Burton  

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The sensational No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller now a three-part BBC adaptation.

The sensational No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller now a three-part BBC adaptation.
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Summary

The sensational No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller now a three-part BBC adaptation.

The sensational No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller now a three-part BBC adaptation.

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NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA

The phenomenal no. 1 bestseller

"Fabulously gripping" Observer

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

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"The next big thing ... Incredibly well-written, beautifully plotted ... If you tore through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, you'll love it." Evening Standard

"Utterly transporting" Hannah Kent

"Mesmerising and suspenseful . . . Unmissable" Psychologies

"Ripples with undercurrents, secrets, hidden histories and inexplicable mysteries . . . Tantalising, beautifully poised, exquisitely detailed" Sunday Express

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Awards

Winner of National Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2014 (UK)
Winner of National Book Awards Book of the Year 2014 (UK)
Winner of Specsavers Gold Bestseller Award 2018 (UK)
Long-listed for Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 (UK)
Long-listed for Waverton Good Read Award 2014 (UK)

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Critic Reviews

“The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is set in 17th century Amsterdam where a trader presents his new wife Nella with a miniature replica of their home. Its tiny occupants mirror their real-life counterparts and show Nella what grave dangers lie in wait.”

I'm so happy to be part of this superb adaptation of Jessie Burton's exquisite, genre-bending novel. Marin is a character with an extraordinary journey of true complexity and depth. I am also truly honoured to be working alongside such an extraordinary cast and creative team on bringing this moving and iconic story to life. -- Romola Garai Utterly transporting, The Miniaturist is one of those rare debut novels that excels in every regard. The past is brought to life in potent, sensory detail: one feels steeped in it. Burton's prose beguiles the reader, while a riptide of a plot takes hold with an unrelenting grip of suspense. My first instinct on finishing this book was to immediately read it again -- Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites Utterly beguiling and impeccably written. I am missing the characters already -- Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers A delight on every page, The Miniaturist completely immerses the reader in sumptuous but strict seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Like the intricately crafted doll's house at the centre of the novel, there is a surprise behind each closed door and curtain - hidden worlds of deceit and seduction, guilds and guilders, candied walnuts and sugar loaves. Burton's novel is lovingly done, and exquisite to read -- Naomi Wood, author of Mrs. Hemingway The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is set in 17th century Amsterdam where a trader presents his new wife Nella with a miniature replica of their home. Its tiny occupants mirror their real-life counterparts and show Nella what grave dangers lie in wait. -- Hot Books of 2014 Daily Express A remarkable debut - complex, involving and deeply atmospheric -- Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever A terrific novel: compelling cast, gripping plot, writing to savour -- Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall A fabulously gripping read that will appeal to fans of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, but Burton is a genuinely new voice with her visceral take on sex, race and class . . . Burton writes great complex female characters Observer The kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading -- S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

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About the Author

Jessie Burton was born in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked as an actress and a PA in the City. She now lives in south-east London, not far from where she grew up. She is the author of the bestselling novels The Miniaturist and The Muse.

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'Fabulously gripping' 'Powerful and richly imagined' Observer Sunday Times There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . . On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true. As Nella uncovers the secrets of her new household she realizes the escalating dangers they face. The miniaturist seems to hold their fate in her hands - but does she plan to save or destroy them? 'Mesmerising and suspenseful . . . Unmissable' Psychologies 'Ripples with undercurrents, secrets, hidden histories and inexplicable mysteries . . . Tantalising, beautifully poised, exquisitely detailed' Sunday Express ' The Miniaturist is that rarest of things - beautifully written, yet also a compelling page-turner. It's haunting, magical and full of surprises, the kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading'SJ Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep

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Product Details

Publisher
Pan Macmillan | Picador
Published
5th October 2017
Pages
448
ISBN
9781509857487
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