Written by Jessie Burton
Narrated by Cathy Tyson
30 June 2016
The Muse is a gripping tale of a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist.
Having narrated The Miniaturist herself, Jessie Burton chose British actress Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa, Bad Girls, ITV’s Band of Gold) to narrate The Muse. Jessie said ‘she is absolutely perfect…to have someone like Cathy, who is a fantastic actress for all the roles in the book, reading The Muse is an immense privilege.’
Tyson, who has Trinidadian roots, has commented on her narration and the art of storytelling, saying: ‘I think we tell each other stories in an effort to understand life.’
About The Muse:
England, 1967. Struggling to find her place in London after arriving from Trinidad five years ago, Odelle Bastien is offered a job as a typist at the Skelton gallery under the tutelage of the enigmatic Marjorie Quick. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, she remains a mystery - never 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 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 devastating consequences....
Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception and is set to be 2016’s must-listen audiobook.
To watch a behind the scenes video of The Muse visit www.audible.co.uk/TheMuse
Also available in ebook and print from Picador