Jessie Burton was born in south London in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and The Central School of Speech and Drama. She has appeared in several productions at the National, Bristol Old Vic, Salisbury Playhouse and the Donmar among others.
Rights to THE MINIATURIST, her first novel, have sold in thirty-seven territories around the world, the bulk of which were sold at auction. Picador published in the UK in summer 2014, and it entered the Sunday Times bestseller list in its first week of sales. It was also named Waterstones Book of the Year, and to date has sold over one million copies worldwide. Her second novel, THE MUSE, was published in summer 2016 and spent 10 weeks straight on the Sunday Times bestseller list, peaking at number one.
Jessie’s first children’s book, THE RESTLESS GIRLS, is being published by Bloomsbury in September 2018. It is a retelling of the Grimm’s fairytale, THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, accompanied with illustrations by artist Angela Barrett.