Jessie Burton returns to family secrets in Amsterdam with 'The House of Fortune'
MPR News with Kerri Miller
When “The House of Fortune” opens, Nella Brandt is 37. Almost 20 years have passed since we first met her in “The Miniaturist,” Jessie Burton’s wildly popular first book. But not much has changed. Nella still lives in the house she inherited from her dead husband. Many of the same characters inhabit her world — with one addition. Her niece, Thea, is grown and turning 18. And Nella has pinned all her hopes on Thea marrying well. The irony is thick, although Nella doesn’t see it. Nella herself was married off at age 18, leading to the scandal that enthralled readers in “The Miniaturist.” What will happen this time? Will Nella revisit that sin on her headstrong niece? Or will Thea’s own secrets collide with the family’s? It’s a delicious return to austere but wealthy 18th century Amsterdam, told through Burton’s sensual lens. This Friday on Big Books and Bold Ideas, host Kerri Miller sat down with Burton and talked about what it’s like to write a sequel and how looking back is often the key to moving forward. Guest: Jessie Burton is an award-winning novelist of four books, including “The Miniaturist” and its new companion novel, “The House of Fortune.” To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or RSS. Subscribe to the Thread newsletter for the latest book and author news and must-read recommendations.
From the archives: Jessie Burton paints Dutch Golden Age in 'The Miniaturist'
MPR News with Kerri Miller
Jessie Burton's first book, "The Miniaturist," was an international best-seller and set her on the road to continued success with novels “The Muse” and “The Confession.” Her latest book, “The House of Fortune,” is a companion novel to “The Miniaturist.” This Friday on Big Books and Bold Ideas, host Kerri Miller will talk with Burton about that book. In the meantime, enjoy this 2014 conversation from the archives, when the pair discuss “The Miniaturist,” and Burton’s meteoric rise to book stardom. Guest: Jessie Burton is an award-winning novelist of four books, including “The Miniaturist” and its new companion novel, “The House of Fortune.” To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or RSS. Subscribe to the Thread newsletter for the latest book and author news and must-read recommendations.
“I think it is a conversation I'm having with my younger self, who loved the idea of time travel, who loved the idea that these people perhaps not so different from us, who quite quickly could imagine herself out of her body and into another world against all the laws of physics. And I know I'm not alone in that. I think so many people want to read for a moment in their day or week, of escape, but not mindless escape, but detailed, pleasurable, important escape…” Jessie Burton’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a stellar, entertaining work of historical fiction that sold a million copies in its first year and has been translated into 40 languages. Jessie returns to 17th century Amsterdam with an unforgettable cast of characters (including a few familiar faces) in her latest, The House of Fortune. She joins us on the show to talk about writing and rewriting, story points and Post-It notes, revisiting characters, her favorite authors and more with Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer. And we end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Becky. Featured Titles (Episode) The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido Featured Titles (TBR Topoff) The Binding by Bridget Collins The Distant Hours by Kate Morton Poured Over is produced and hosted by Miwa Messer and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays with occasional Saturdays. A full transcript of this episode is available here.
Surprising journeys with Jessie Burton, Thomas Mayor and Sulari Gentill
The Book Show
Jessie Burton wasn't finished with the main characters in her bestselling debut novel The Miniaturist and returns to the 17th century Dutch setting for the sequel, The House of Fortune. Also, we visit Torres Strait Island writer and advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas Mayor, at his home in Darwin and Sulari Gentill explains the origins of her playful metafictional crime novel, The Woman in the Library.
Whitcoulls recommends Karin Slaughter and Jessie Burton
The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin
Girl, Forgotten – the latest by Karin Slaughter who writes brilliant thrillers. Her last one was Pieces of Her which is now a major Netflix series. In 1982, Emily Vaughn gets ready for prom night but she has a secret and by the end of the evening she’ll be dead. Forty years later, with the murder still unsolved, a woman arrives in town to find justice for Emily – and to uncover the truth before the killer decides to silence her too… The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton. Sequel to a wonderful book called The Miniaturist which came out in 2014 and I loved – set in Amsterdam in the C17th, at a time when the Dutch had a thing about miniatures – replicas of their houses and all the furniture etc. The new book opens in 1705, with the same family but 18 years later and their circumstances have changed dramatically. It’s Thea’s 18th birthday and also the 18th anniversary of the death of her mother and the family are reduced to selling off their furniture and artwork to survive, then make plans for Thea to be married to a wealthy man which might solve all their problems – but Thea has other ideas. Great period drama, getting terrific reviews in the UK at the moment. LISTEN ABOVESee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode Alex talks to the wonderful author Jessie Burton, to take you on a bejewelled and imaginative literary journey. Jessie shares the most treasured items from her collection, from antique rings to the sentimental pieces which thankfully have survived both a home robbery and a fire, and an incredibly striking cocktail ring which once belonged to Jackie Collins! Alex and Jessie discuss the similarities in their art forms, the joy of connecting with people through jewellery and writing, and how wearing pieces close to the skin, can make the wearer feel even closer to loved ones.Be sure to keep an eye out for Jessie’s latest book, The House of Fortune, it is the follow up to The Miniaturist and an absolute must for your reading list!Here are some useful links for further reading on issues, events and artefacts discussed by Alex and Jessie:Jessie’s Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/jessieburton/?hl=enJessie’s Website- http://jessieburton.co.uk/index.htmlThe Lost Children by Valeria Luiselli- https://www.waterstones.com/book/lost-children-archive/valeria-luiselli/9780008290054Picador Publishing- https://www.instagram.com/picadorbooks/?hl=en Illustration by Connie Bella MonroeEdited by Emily SandfordMusic by Daniel Patrick Cohen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
#352 Jessie Burton: The Writing Life (Medusa, The Miniaturist & More)
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My guest today is Jessie Burton, the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novels The Miniaturist (which sold over a million copies in its first year of publication), The Muse, and The Confession, the children's book The Restless Girls and the modern feminist retelling of Medusa which is out now. Her novels have been translated into 38 languages, and she is a regular essay writer for newspapers and magazines and she is one of my favourite authors to follow on Instagram, for her writing advice, colourful interiors (and pictures of her cat of course) We discuss her bringing alive Medusa for a new generation, her wonderful novels, her relationship with success and social media and so much more. I absolutely loved this conversation and hope you do too!Get your copy of Medusa now: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781408886939 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
O carte luminoasă, puternică și emoționantă despre secretele scrisului, ale maternității și prieteniei, despre cum ne pierdem și ne regăsim pe noi înșine.Participă: Dana Pîrvan, scriitoare și critic literar, Diana Cosmin, jurnalistă, deținătoarea blogului Fine Society și Iulia Gorzo, traducătoarea romanului.Moderator: Sandra Ecobescu, președinte Fundatia Calea Victoriei.
We're back after a long break with our first Jackie Collins episode, with the one and only Jessie Burton! Jessie's debut novel The Miniaturist became a global bestseller and has since been followed up with the highly feted The Muse and The Confession, along with The Restless Girls, a novel for children. Here she talks about Jackie Collins as the patron saint of Authors Who Like Nice Things, and we talk about Jackie the product versus Jackie the person. We also discuss female authors and self awareness, Lucky Santangelo as a James Bond for women, satire, sex, parenting and much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.