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The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

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Published: 1st April 2015
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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.

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.

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      I really enjoyed this book. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.

       
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      Amsterdam in the late 1600s

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          Loved it! I couldn't wait to pick up this book every night to see what would next transpire in the story. Beautiful writing resulting in a marvellous unique story about the lives of a family in Holland in the late 1600s. What barbaric times they were and my heart went out to all the characters, even the one who caused a later drama. I would definitely recommend The Miniaturist to all.

           
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            I loved this book, couldn't put it down so much so I bought one as a gift for a friend from Holland.

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            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 * 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 Utterly beguiling and impeccably written. I am missing the characters already -- Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers 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

            ISBN: 9781447250937
            ISBN-10: 1447250931
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 400
            Published: 1st April 2015
            Publisher: Pan Macmillan
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 13.2 x 19.7  x 2.8
            Weight (kg): 0.32