The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

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Winner of the Specsavers Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

Winner of the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of art and its organic relationship with the human soul, The Miniaturist is an absolute delight of a book, that was inspired to the author by an actual cabinet she saw at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Set in the 17th century in Holland's Venice of the North, we follow the tale of a young country girl who arrives in the city to marry an older merchant and receives as a wedding present a cabinet which mirrors in miniature the house she is to live in, and its contents, both human and inanimate. Its elusive creator lies in the shadows orchestrating her life and those of others in a haunting and magical way. An utter delight.

 

Jessie Burton said: “I am indebted forever to the voting public for this incredible honour. It is no exaggeration to say this has been a life-transforming year for me, and this award is a very big cherry on the cake. There are always stories to write, and people who want to read them, and as the year closes, I find this very heartening news indeed. This wonderful acknowledgement will propel me into 2015, and I am deeply thankful to everyone who took the time to vote.”

 

Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month.

 

Sarah Broadhurst's View....

A beautifully evocative first novel. Eighteen year old Nella arrives in her marital home to discover nothing is quite how she expected it to be. Her husband is cold and distant when he isn’t actually absent and far from becoming mistress of the household she must defer to her husband’s sister. When she’s presented with a cabinet house an even more mysterious world begins to be unlocked to her. As lush and full of fascinating mysteries as the miniature house itself.

Maxim Jakubowski

The Miniaturist Synopsis

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? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

The Good Book Guide Review

In the autumn of 1686, Petronella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to take up residence in the home of her new husband, wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. The household she joins is a strange one; Johannes is distant, his sister Marin cool and commanding, and Nella struggles to find her rightful place in it. When Johannes makes his young bride the gift of an elaborate dolls’ house, an exact replica of the Brandt residence, Nella commissions some additional items from a skilled miniaturist, but when further tiny pieces arrive unbidden, and each one appears to be a knowing commentary on life in the house, Nella’s suspicions are aroused A novel of page-turning intensity, as beautifully crafted as the miniatures it describes, this is a richly detailed portrait of a city and a period, its mores and preoccupations, and an intriguing story of personal repression, secrets, and mysteries.

The Miniaturist Press Reviews

The kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading -- S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

 

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 A terrific novel: compelling cast, gripping plot, writing to savour -- Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL

 

A remarkable debut - complex, involving and deeply atmospheric -- Deborah Moggach, author of TULIP FEVER

 

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

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ISBN: 9781447250890
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781447250890
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Jessie Burton
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
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About Jessie Burton

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.

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