The House of Fortune

The House of Fortune

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The sequel to Jessie Burton's million-copy bestseller The Miniaturist
'Elegant, atmospheric, compelling. I absolutely loved it' - Marian Keyes
'A book of beauty and insight . . . awe-inspiring. Burton is a master storyteller' - Elizabeth Day

In the golden city of Amsterdam, in 1705, Thea Brandt is turning eighteen, and she is ready to welcome adulthood with open arms. At the city's theatre, Walter, the love of her life, awaits her, but at home in the house on the Herengracht, all is not well - her father Otto and Aunt Nella argue endlessly, and the Brandt family are selling their furniture in order to eat. On Thea's birthday, also the day that her mother Marin died, the secrets from the past begin to overwhelm the present.

Nella is desperate to save the family and maintain appearances, to find Thea a husband who will guarantee her future, and when they receive an invitation to Amsterdam's most exclusive ball, she is overjoyed - perhaps this will set their fortunes straight.

And indeed, the ball does set things spinning: new figures enter their life, promising new futures. But their fates are still unclear, and when Nella feels a strange prickling sensation on the back of her neck, she remembers the miniaturist who entered her life and toyed with her fortunes eighteen years ago. Perhaps, now, she has returned for her . . .

The House of Fortune is a glorious, sweeping story of fate and ambition, secrets and dreams, and one young woman's determination to rule her own destiny.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 145 x 224 x 39mm | 526g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1509886087
  • 9781509886081
  • 6,620

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Clever and satisfying . . . Burton is an acute observer . . . A worthy sequel, mature and thoughtful * Guardian * Satisfying . . . a moving celebration of the possibilities for change and regeneration in life * Sunday Times * A joyous read: compassionate, wise and fabulously immersive . . . a beguiling, tender sequel . . . Brilliant * i * A more than worthy sequel to The Miniaturist. Elegant, atmospheric, compelling. I absolutely loved it -- Marian Keyes A book of beauty and insight . . . awe-inspiring. Burton is a master storyteller . . . I felt I could see, smell, live and breathe every page . . . a delight for anyone who is about to read it -- Elizabeth Day, bestselling author of The Party and Magpie Sumptuous, elegant and atmospheric * Prima * The most beautiful book you'll read this year. A spectacular achievement . . . [it] will break your heart and put it back together again . . . Shining, sinuous, truly a marvel -- Kate Williams Elegant historical suspense * Grazia * Returning to the world of her bestselling The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton's tale of a curious young woman in 18th-century Amsterdam finds her at the top of her game * Observer * A satisfying, page-turning romp with a heroine to root for * Sunday Express * Beautifully crafted and brimming with historical detail * Sunday Post * Fans of The Miniaturist are in for a treat with this sequel * Red * The mysterious writing draws in any curious reader * The Herald *
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About 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.
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76 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 33% (25)
4 46% (35)
3 18% (14)
2 1% (1)
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