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The Muse - Jessie Burton

The Muse - Jessie Burton

Title: The Muse

Author:  Jessie Burton

ISBN:  9781447250944

Weight:  839g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Muse by Jessie Burton

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 the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

Peer & Press Reviews

[A] smart blend of literary and commercial fiction with intriguing characters and a compelling mystery at its center…  Burton creatively infuses historical fiction with mystery in her exploration of the far-reaching consequences of deception, the relationship between art and artist, and the complex trajectory of women’s desires.


The perfect summer read pitch perfect and wise.


A complex, vividly drawn tale…  The intricate way in which Burton pulls the two plots together is unexpected and impressive, a most original story about creative freedom, finding one’s voice, and the quest for artistic redemption.

Publishers Weekly

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Muse
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime (ten 15-minute episodes, Mon - Fri at 10:45pm, from 04 Jul 2016)
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781447250944
ISBN 10: 144725094X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 441
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 143 x 41mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Harry Borden
Jacket design: Ami Smithson (Picador art department)
Jacket illustration: Lisa Perrin

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