Jessica Kathryn Burton
17 August 1982
|Education||Central School of Speech and Drama|
University of Oxford
Jessica Kathryn Burton (born 17 August 1982) is an English author and actress. As of 2021[update], 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. Her short stories have been published in Harpers Bazaar US and Stylist.
Early life and career
Burton's work in theatre includes The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other at the National Theatre, London in 2008. As well as working as an author and actress, Burton has worked as a personal assistant in the City of London.
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. The Miniaturist took over four years to write. It was the subject of a bidding war at the April 2013 London Book Fair. 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. It was nominated for the 2016 Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards.
Awards and honours
- 2014 Waterstones "Book of the Year" winner for The Miniaturist
- 2014 Specsavers National Book Awards: New Writer of the Year for The Miniaturist
- 2014 Specsavers National Book Awards: Book of the Year for The Miniaturist
- The Miniaturist, 2014
- The Muse, 2016
- The Restless Girls, 2018
- The Confession, 2019
- Inside back cover of 2015 Picador UK paperback edition of The Miniaturist
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- National Theatre : Productions : The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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- Quinn, Anthony (25 June 2016). "The Muse by Jessie Burton". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "Inaugural Books are My Bag Award Winners Announced". Foyles. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "The Restless Girls". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "THE RESTLESS GIRLS". Jessie Burton. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- Hickling, Alfred (21 September 2019). "The Confession by Jessie Burton review – an understated triumph". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
- Rhodes, Emily (5 October 2019). "Jessie Burton's The Confession is, frankly, a bit heavy-handed". The Spectator. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
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- "Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist voted Specsavers Book of the Year". BBC News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.