April book club | The Muse by Jessie Burton


St Albans book club…

The book we’ll discuss at our April book club is The Muse by Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.

(The Muse is currently on offer on Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.)

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 – 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 come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .The Muse is a novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception.” [Synopsis from Amazon.co.uk]

Book club details

If you haven’t joined us at book club before, it’s a relaxed evening and an opportunity to get to know some of the other members of the group as well as to talk about the book.  You can arrive from 7.30pm onwards to get yourself drinks/food and settle in. Then we’ll start talking about the book at 8pm. (It’s not a problem if you arrive a bit later or need to leave before the end; just come and go as you need during the evening). The cost to attend is £2.00 (this helps to cover some of the organisation fees).

  • Date: Wednesday 5 April
  • Book: The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • Time: Come along from 7.30pm and we’ll start talking about the book at 8pm
  • Venue: The White Lion pub, Sopwell Lane, St Albans
  • Price: £2 payable on the night
  • RSVP: Please reserve your place here >>

New members are very welcome but please RSVP as numbers are limited.

I hope to see you there. Any questions, please email me: laura@womenaloud.co.uk

Laura x


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