Jessie Burton

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Jessie Burton
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Jessie Burton, at Bloomsbury publishers, April 2018
Jessica Kathryn Burton

(1982-08-17) 17 August 1982 (age 39)
EducationCentral School of Speech and Drama
University of Oxford
OccupationAuthor, actress

Jessica Kathryn Burton (born 17 August 1982)[1] is an English author and actress. As of 2021, she has published three novels, The Miniaturist, The Muse, and The Confession, and a book for children, The Restless Girls. All three novels were Sunday Times best-sellers, with both The Miniaturist and The Muse reaching no. 1, New York Times best-sellers, and Radio 4's Books at Bedtime. Collectively her novels have been published in almost 40 languages.[2] Her short stories have been published in Harpers Bazaar US and Stylist.[3]

Burton is also a non-fiction writer. Her essays have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Vogue, Elle, Red, Grazia, Lonely Planet Traveller and The Spectator.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Burton studied at Lady Margaret School,[4] Brasenose College, Oxford, and the Central School of Speech and Drama.[5]

Burton's work in theatre includes The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other at the National Theatre, London in 2008.[6] As well as working as an author and actress, Burton has worked as a personal assistant in the City of London.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Burton's 2014 debut novel The Miniaturist is set in 17th-century Amsterdam. The novel is inspired by Petronella Oortman's dollhouse now at the Rijksmuseum, although it does not otherwise attempt to be a biographical novel.[7] The Miniaturist took over four years to write. It was the subject of a bidding war at the April 2013 London Book Fair.[8] It was adapted as a two-part miniseries for the BBC and PBS Masterpiece in 2017.

Burton's second novel, The Muse, was published in 2016 and is set in a dual time-frame, during the Spanish Civil War and 30 years later in 1960s London.[9] It was nominated for the 2016 Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards.[10]

Burton's first novel for children, The Restless Girls, was published in September 2018.[11] The story is based on the Brothers Grimm tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.[12]

Her third novel for adults, The Confession, was published in 2019.[13][14] Medusa, her second book for children, will be published in 2021.[15]

Awards and honours[edit]


  • The Miniaturist, 2014
  • The Muse, 2016
  • The Restless Girls, 2018
  • The Confession, 2019


  1. ^ a b Inside back cover of 2015 Picador UK paperback edition of The Miniaturist
  2. ^ "Home is where the heart is: Anita Sethi on Jessie Burton's books".
  3. ^ a b "Jessie Burton". Jessie Burton. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ Kellaway, Kate (26 June 2016). "Jessie Burton: 'Success can be as fracturing to your self as failure'". The Observer. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. ^ Blackman, Jaines (28 March 2015). "Best-seller has been a life-changer for Jessie Burton". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ National Theatre : Productions : The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Spiegelman, Ian (29 August 2014). "Jessie Burton on the dollhouse that inspired her novel". USA Today. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Jessie Burton: I never thought of The Miniaturist as ambitious". BBC News. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  9. ^ Quinn, Anthony (25 June 2016). "The Muse by Jessie Burton". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Inaugural Books are My Bag Award Winners Announced". Foyles. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. ^ "The Restless Girls". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  12. ^ "THE RESTLESS GIRLS". Jessie Burton. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  13. ^ Hickling, Alfred (21 September 2019). "The Confession by Jessie Burton review – an understated triumph". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  14. ^ Rhodes, Emily (5 October 2019). "Jessie Burton's The Confession is, frankly, a bit heavy-handed". The Spectator. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Medusa".
  16. ^ Tim Masters (1 December 2014). "Miniaturist novel named Waterstones book of 2014". BBC News. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist voted Specsavers Book of the Year". BBC News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.

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