Jessie Burton has been named the author of Britain’s favourite book today, as her atmospheric literary thriller The Miniaturist was voted the Specsavers Book of the Year for 2014. Ending a remarkable year on a high, Jessie was crowned overall winner by the public in a vote comprising the winners of all ten categories from this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards.
Nella Oortman has come to Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. There she is presented with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of her new home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts… Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all.