Picador is to publish a new novel by Jessie Burton called The Muse in July 2016.
Set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, The Muse is the story of a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and the mysterious painting that connects them across the decades.
Francesca Main at Picador acquired the new novel in a two-book deal with The Miniaturist in March 2013.
Megan Lynch at HarperEcco, the US publisher of The Miniaturist, has just acquired US rights to The Muse in a major six-figure deal from Sasha Raskin at UTA on behalf of Juliet Mushens at UTA.
HarperCollins Canada has acquired Canadian rights and Modernista has acquired Swedish rights so far.
Burton’s bestselling debut The Miniaturist was published by Picador in July 2014, and sold close to 800,000 copies across all editions, with the title selling well over a million copies worldwide. It was the winner of both the Waterstones Book of the Year award 2014 and the Specsavers Book of the Year award 2014. TV rights were recently optioned by Company Pictures, the company behind the screen adaptation of Wolf Hall.
Literary agent Juliet Mushens at UTA said: “The success of The Miniaturist has been anything but small and Jessie has built on this brilliant debut to give us a wonderfully layered and tightly plotted new book. The Muse will delight her existing fans, as well as recruiting a whole new readership to her work.”
Picador’s editorial director Francesca Main added: “It has been a privilege and a delight to work with Jessie and see her star ascend. The Muse is a magnificent novel – masterfully plotted, richly atmospheric, imaginative, ambitious and populated with brilliant women. We can’t wait to share it with readers and see Jessie’s career reach even greater heights.”
Rights to The Miniaturist have sold in 34 territories to date, and the book has been a bestseller in many of them. Juliet Mushens will be taking The Muse to the Frankfurt Book Fair and expects foreign interest to be high.