The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/01/2015
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The Miniaturist
Biggest Book of 2014
This is the biggest book of 2014, and for good reason. Nella Oortman is married to a wealthy merchant and begins her new life in 17th Century Amsterdam. Bu... READ MORE
Charlie Hay at Brentwood
The Miniaturist
Dark and twisted...
This book starts well enough; the pages turn and the plot unfolds quickly - I never really felt connected to the main protagonist, Nella in any way at the ... READ MORE
Gem - Wigan
The Miniaturist
An enjoyable debut.
I am really shocked that this book is a debut because it doesn't read that way at all. I feel as though Jessie has been writing for a long time, or at leas... READ MORE
Lee Farnell at Birmingham
The Miniaturist
Rating: 8/10 The Waterstones Book of the Month for July 2014, AND based in Amsterdam, my interest was peaked, so I decided to pick up this book and I love... READ MORE
Kimi at Blackpool
The Miniaturist
A great mix of history, mystery and suspense!
This is a beautifully written book, full of atmosphere. It's very easy to get immersed in it and conjur up in your mind all the places that are being descr... READ MORE
Jo Turner at Lincoln High Street
The Miniaturist
a delight to read
I have to admit, when I bought this , I was initially drawn to the gorgeous cover, pretty floral endpapers, and the matching bookmark that came with it at ... READ MORE
Teresa at Bath
The Miniaturist
Magical Realism in 17th century Amsterdam
I was hooked from the very start, the detail in this book would match the detail of the Miniaturist. This is, on the face of it, a story of love and marr... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller
The Miniaturist
Your own house....
Nella first arrives at the house of her new husband( of which she is yet to lay with) and is met with a very frosty welcome. No one talks to her not even h... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.


There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed... 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?  In 2014, Jessie Burton's debut The Miniaturist stood out for us as an exquisite example of the writer’s craft, combining an intoxicating sense of place with a genuine sense of mystery and suspense. From our selection that year for our Waterstones Book of the Year, The Miniaturist stood out as a clear winner and it has been truly rewarding to see its reputation as a novel subsequently recognised the world over.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781447250937
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 315g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 28 mm

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The Miniaturist
A literary masterpiece
It is not the story of this book that draws you in, it is the pure bliss that accompanies Jessie Burton's writing. The book leaves you bewildered but also ... READ MORE
John Moore
The Miniaturist
I went into my local waterstones had a browse around the offers, this booked happened to be on a cheap deal I couldn't refuse. I took it on holiday with me... READ MORE
Jess Jones
The Miniaturist
Quiet, impressive novel
I won't bother rehashing the synopsis here. Suffice to say the writing is evocative, and characters really nicely drawn. It's the sort of book you can lose... READ MORE
George Stanley-Cobb
The Miniaturist
Quiet, interesting find recommended!
Definitely a book you can easily become immersed in. Not one I would have usually gone for, but a friend convinced me to try it, resulting in me losing mys... READ MORE
Courteney Taylor
The Miniaturist
Haunting and beautiful
So The Miniaturist, I resisted reading it for a long time – no matter how much it caught my eye – I’m often hugely disappointed when I read ‘Bestsellers’ a... READ MORE
Natalie Charlesworth
The Miniaturist
Absolutely fantastic
Beautifully poetic and exquisitely written, I loved every word.
The Miniaturist
Wonderful and mysterious
I read this book, first to last page, on one five hour flight. From the minute Nella enters her new home to the last letter, the story was gripping and sur... READ MORE
The Miniaturist
Loved it!
I absolutely adore this book!!!! I was so so happy when I got this as a present I started to read it straight away. I thought that it was brilliantly well ... READ MORE
Sophie Narey
The Miniaturist
Nella Oortman, at 18 yrs old, moves from her rural hometown to Amsterdam, the new bride of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Life is far from how she expec... READ MORE
Sandra Foy
The Miniaturist
Authentic, atmospheric, gripping seventeenth century Amsterdam
This must be the saddest book that I have read for a very long time. The writing is superb. The prose is exquisite and the research adds great authenticity... READ MORE
Lance Mitchell
The Miniaturist
Held me in its spell.
This book is a rare treasure. A debut novel which feels like a seasoned novel. The characters are vivid, the setting beautifully told and the story was cap... READ MORE
The Miniaturist
An addictive little read
Burton's Miniaturist is a light and easy read that isn't overburdened by masses of descriptive text. Consumed over a candlelit Christmas with copious helpi... READ MORE
The Miniaturist
A novel about love, unexpected, hidden, forbidden or expected
Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam in 1686, apprehensive about starting her new life with her new husband Johannes Brandt. She arrives at his home to be fa... READ MORE
Janet E
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Natalie Tang
The Miniaturist
Is it just me?
There must be something wrong with me. I know this book is hugely popular. Many of my friends rave about it. But somehow the characters did not come alive ... READ MORE
Little Jasmine Flower
The Miniaturist
Good but...
This is a strange book because on the one hand it's written so beautifully, the characters are portrayed so well, and there's a really strong sense of plac... READ MORE
The Miniaturist
One of the best books I’ve read
When aspiring writers desire to create real, tangible characters, they hope to do so as successfully as Jessie Burton does in her novel, The Miniaturist. F... READ MORE
Melissa Cottone
The Miniaturist
In three words: gripping, mysterious and atmospheric.
I was immersed reading this book set in seventeenth century Amsterdam, the city with its canals, the merchants with their traded goods and the wealth it cr... READ MORE
Emma Louise Smith
The Miniaturist
You will be unable to put this book down- and I challenge you not to cry!
Anne in Kirkham
The Miniaturist
Intriguing blend of history and diversity!
Beautifully written and a few surprising twists which Jessie Burton has mastered in both her books! Based in 17th century Amsterdam, this book highlights t... READ MORE
Charlotte Conde