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Jessie Burton is an English author and actress. She studied at Oxford University and central school of speech and drama. She appeared in the theatrical productions of The House of Bernarda Alba, Othello and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. She is the author of four novels and two children’s books. Burton’s novels have been published in 40 languages.
Her debut novel “The Miniaturist”, set in 17th-century Amsterdam, which she spent four years writing, became a Sunday Times no.1 bestseller. It has sold over a million copies in the first year of publications. Her second novel “The Muse” was also a Sunday Times bestseller. The novel is set in a dual time frame.
“Restless Girls” is Burton’s first children’s book which was published in 2016. Her latest novel for children is “Medusa”, published in 2021.
Read more about her journey as an author in this interview.
Complete List of Jessie Burton books
- The House of Fortune (expected in 2022)
- Medusa (2021)
- The Confession ( 2019)
- The Restless girls (2018)
- The Muse (2016)
- The Miniaturist (2014)
Jessie Burton’s Miniaturist series
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the novel follows eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman who just arrived to begin her new life as the wife of the merchant trader, Johannes Brandt. Her quick arranged marriage to a rich man was the only possible solution to her families debt. However, upon arriving, Nella finds both her husband and his family rather strange and unpleasant. One day Johannes presents a unique wedding gift for her- a cabinet house, a replica of the house she is living in. Soon after that, Nella’s encounter with a rather elusive miniaturist causes mysterious events in her life. BBC one debuted television adaptation of the novel in 2017, watch it here!
The House of Fortune
This sequel to Burton’s bestselling novel “The Miniaturist” mainly follows Nella and her niece Thea Brandt. Nella is desperately trying to feed her family.
Expected publication in 2022!
Jessie Burton’s standalone novels.
Published in 2016, “Muse” narrates the events from two parts of the world- 1960s England and 1930s Spain. Odelle Bastien has been living in London for almost five years but finds it hard to blend in with the people. She hopes that her new job at Skelton Gallery can finally make her life easier. Olive Schloss is the daughter of a renowned art dealer from rural Spain, who is a gifted painter. But the society she is living in is prejudiced again women in creating art. While these two ambitious women are from different era, the story shows how their life is interlinked.
Set in two timelines, “The Confession” follows three women: Elise, Connie and Rose. The novel begins with the events in the 1980s when young Elise met a successful writer named Connie for the first time and instantly fell in love. Soon they both move to LA as Connie’s novel is being made into a Hollywood movie. But things didn’t go as planned and they break up. Three decades later, we meet Rose Simmons in the story who wants to find out the mysteries behind her mother, Elise’s disappearance.
Jessie Burton’s Childresn’s / Young Adult novels.
The Restless Girls
This dazzling children’s fairytale is a modernized retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”. After losing their mother in a car accident, the twelve young princesses are secluded by their father. But the girls are restless and stifled and try hard to get back their freedom. Fortunately, they find a mysterious staircase, which leads to three beautiful forests. But soon their father discovers their secrets and punishes the eldest daughter. Yet, the sisters are determined to fight for their freedom.
Jessie Burton’s latest children’s novel is a feminist retelling of the Greek mythology of Medusa. Ever since Athen’s curse, Medusa is leading a lonely life on an isolated island. As her sisters often fly off, Medusa is left to spend time alone with the snakes on her head. Then one day she meets Perseus, a young boy who lost his way and ends up on the island. While Medusa is smitten by the young boy, Perseus is equally intrigued and attracted towards the mystery girl.
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