The Miniaturist
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The Miniaturist

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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?

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Jessie
Burton

Jessie Burton is the author of the Sunday Times number one and New York Times bestsellers The Miniaturist and The Muse, as well as the Sunday Times bestseller The Confession and the children’s books The Restless Girls and Medusa. In its year of publication The Miniaturist sold over a million copies worldwide, and in 2017 it was adapted into a major TV series for BBC One. Her novels have been translated into forty languages, and she is a regular essay writer for newspapers and magazines. She lives in London. Photo Credit: Lara Downie

Jessie Burton is the author of the Sunday Times number one and New York Times bestsellers The Miniaturist and The Muse, as well as the Sunday Times bestseller The Confession and the children’s books The Restless Girls and Medusa. In its year of publication The Miniaturist sold over a million copies worldwide, and in 2017 it was adapted into a major TV series for BBC One. Her novels have been translated into forty languages, and she is a regular essay writer for newspapers and magazines. She lives in London. Photo Credit: Lara Downie

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This is a remarkable debut novel – complex and atmospheric. It is that rare combination of a beautifully written book that is also a compelling page turner.

The Miniaturist was very popular within our reading group network and triggered much discussion. The gripping, imaginative, woven plot full of realism and obsession, secrets and lies, absorbs the reader into Nella’s world with a focus on a miniature replica of her house and the miniaturist creating intricate pieces linking to her life. The pace is fast and keeps the reader’s attention with the intriguing characters right to the end making this debut novel a fascinating read.

Nella is a neglected young merchant’s bride in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Her wedding gift is a miniature house. As Nella fills the house with miniature furniture and dolls, she is drawn into a societal underlayer of secrets, mysteries and intrigues. The novelist is equally skilful exploring detail and minutiae, and big social themes including the role of women, religion and superstition, and forbidden love. This novel is lavish, haunting, heart-pounding, atmospheric and unpredictable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
16/01/2015
Author
Publisher
Picador

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