So many people wanted to meet world-wide best-selling author Jessie Burton for lunch at Penarth’s Holm House Hotel today, there wasn’t a single seat to spare at the event – organised by Penarth bookshop Griffin Books.
After lunch – the price of which included signed hardback copies of her new book “The Muse” – Jessie was being interviewed by Griffin Books’ proprietor Mel Griffin about her latest work and her meteoric literary career .
Jessie Burton shot to the top of the best-seller lists in 2014 with her acclaimed debut novel “The Miniaturist” .
That book – set in 17th century Amsterdam- took four years to write, but ended up with publishers bidding against each other to put it in print.
Her new novel – which she’s be telling her Penarth audience about today – called “The Muse ” is set the pre-WW2 period during the Spanish Civil War but starts – intriguingly – in a shoe shop in 1960s London .
Literary events organised by Griffin Books in Penarth have proved to be a popular attraction with hundreds avid local readers and Jessie Burton is the latest of several big-name authors who’ve come to Penarth to talk about their work.