Have you read The Miniaturist yet? It was Waterstones Book of the Year, Specsavers Book of the Year and Jessie Burton’s novel is the fastest selling debut since Fifty Shades of Grey and has topped the UK book chart for a second week in a row, selling 25,268 copies in the seven days leading to the 10th January. The novel has now sold just over 58,700 copies in paperback in four weeks!
But you don’t need to buy it, borrow it from Leeds Libraries…
On an autumn day in 1686, 18-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
The author is already hard at work on another book. ‘It’s called Belonging,’ she reveals of novel number two. ‘It’s about an artist who is disgraced and disappears during the Spanish Civil War.
’30 years on, a woman with a secret finds her life thrown into turmoil when his missing works turn up in her London gallery. It’s about art and identity, war, and finding love and friendship in unorthodox places.’