The Muse

The Muse

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 15/06/2017
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The Muse
A Masterpiece
Hands up who's read 'The Miniaturist'. Judging by it's sales history there must be millions of us who have been thrilled by the Waterstones book of the yea... READ MORE
Mark Dickens


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: 308g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 28 mm

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The Muse
That Difficult Second Book
Quite frankly the only difficult thing about this book is putting it down!! T’is a joyous thing to behold a writer growing into their own skin and finding ... READ MORE
The Muse
The Power of a Painting
This was chosen as the read at my book club, otherwise I would not have read it at all. A wonderfully written, moving and powerful novel. The switch from... READ MORE
The Muse
An inspiring and fascinating historical novel, rich in detail
Ever since laying eyes on the gorgeous cover for The Muse before it was even published I was keen to read it, but with an ever growing pile of books to rev... READ MORE
Page to Stage Reviews (Zarina)
The Muse
A painting worth one thousand words
A gripping addictive read of art, love and betrayal that had me frustrated with each of the characters in term. Perhaps it is this essence of humanity and ... READ MORE
Karishma Patel
The Muse
Read it in 3 evenings
Having loved the miniaturist, I was keen to try Burtons other offerings. I very much enjoyed this book and finished it over the course of 3 evenings (I was... READ MORE
The Muse
set in London and Andalucia - A picture can speak a thousand words
This is going to be a big hit. Such a wonderfully painted picture of the art world across the 1930s and 1960s and the excitement of finding out the real st... READ MORE
The Muse
Secrets, Lies and Cliches
'The Muse' by Jessie Burton is her second novel, after the runaway success of 'The Miniaturist.' A second novel is always a difficult thing and I confess t... READ MORE
The Muse
Justina And The Lion
3.5 Stars I found myself a little disappointed, overall, in this book. Whilst I enjoyed Odelle's story in particular I found myself becoming increasingly... READ MORE
Marjorie Odonnell
The Muse
couldnt put it down
I borrowed this book off of a friend for a holiday last year and read it from cover to cover in less than two days. I was gripped all the way through! Such... READ MORE
Alicia Robertson
The Muse
Exceptional, couldn't put the book down! Because the author delved into exquisite detail, I was completely transported into the world of 'The Muse'.
Ellie Green