The Muse by Jessie Burton
Thinking of getting involved in a book club this year? We've teamed up with Picador to offer you a fantastic prize: a book club starter kit, including six copies of The Muse and a lovely bottle of Spanish wine to share with friends on the evening of the book club.
From Jessie Burton, author of the million-copy bestseller The Miniaturist, comes a glittering, seductive and utterly enthralling novel about art, identity, and the hidden power within us all…
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 to Odelle – 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 comes an artist and revolutionary, Isaac Robles, and his half-sister Teresa, who insinuate themselves into the family, with explosive and devastating consequences.
Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is a novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception – a magnificent creation and a story you will never forget.
To apply to win SIX copies of The Muse plus a bottle of Spanish wine and a reading group guide to start up your own book club, simply fill out the form below. We'd love to hear how your book club goes and what you think of the book once you've read it, so, if you're one of the 20 lucky winners, let us know what you thought on the feedback thread and on social media by using @Picadorbooks @Mumsnetbooks #TheMuse
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