The Muse

The Muse

3.85 (55,740 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.85 (55,740 ratings by Goodreads)

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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 ...
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 126 x 137 x 12mm | 66g
  • Bolinda/Audible Audio
  • Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1489360913
  • 9781489360915

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'Burton's multi-layered story is never less than engaging .... she has an undoubted gift for seizing the reader's attention and holding it ... powerful ... genuinely surprising' -- The Sunday Times 'Deftly plotted, a masterclass in pacing, tension and suspense, and richly characterised ... exquisitely written, evocative and suspenseful.' -- The Sunday Express 'Those who loved The Miniaturist will find here all the cliffhangers, twists and heart-stopping revelations they expected, and in two evocative settings ... as a study of female creativity, it triumphs.' -- The Daily Telegraph
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About Jessie Burton

Since graduating from Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Jessie Burton has published two novels; The Miniaturist (2014) and The Muse (2016), published in 38 languages. Both were Sunday Times No. 1 bestsellers, New York Times bestsellers and featured on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. As a non-fiction writer, Jessie has written essays for The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Vogue, Elle, Red, Grazia, Lonely Planet Traveller and The Spectator. Cathy Tyson is an English stage, film and television actress. Tyson's film debut was in Mona Lisa (1986), for which she won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film also earned her Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations. She went on to star in The Serpent and the Rainbow, Priest and the ITV drama series Band of Gold. In 2009, Tyson began her higher education in creative studies before starting a degree in English and Drama at Brunel University a year later.
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55,740 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 31% (17,257)
4 37% (20,823)
3 21% (11,945)
2 6% (3,362)
1 4% (2,353)
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