Jessie Burton: Biography

Jessie Burton

17 aug 1982

Jessie Burton is the English author of two bestselling novels: The Miniaturist and The Muse. She is a trained actress having attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London after she graduated from Oxford University. She performed in a production of The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other which was staged at London’s National Theatre.

The Miniaturist was published in 2014, started whilst Burton was a student on a writing course by Curtis Brown. The novel received a huge amount of publicity, with Burton being profiled for publications such as The Observer and The Guardian. The book itself was reviewed in dozens of major newspapers and magazines and within a year, the book had sold more than a million copies worldwide. It remained one of the Sunday Times bestsellers for 12 weeks and has been translated into more than 30 different languages. The Miniaturist was awarded the 2014 Waterstones Book of the Year title.

In 2016, Burton published her second novel, The Muse. It was also extremely well-received and reviewed. Just before its publication, she gave an interview revealing the difficulty of writing a second novel when the first had been such an enormous success. The Muse is a novel which follows two different stories, one of the daughter of an art dealer living in a large house in the countryside during the Spanish Civil War, and the other of a young woman living in London in the 1960s. The two stories come together right at the very end of the novel.