Mel Griffin (left) prorietor of Griffin Books welcomes best-selling author Jessie Burton  at the Holm House Hotel Penarth to talk about Ms Burton's latest novel "The Muse"

Mel Griffin (left) proprietor of Griffin Books, Penarth welcomes best-selling author Jessie Burton at the Holm House Hotel,to talk about Ms Burton’s latest novel “The Muse”

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.

The Jessie Burton book "The Muse" - eagerly snapped up at today's literary lunch

The Jessie Burton book “The Muse” – eagerly snapped up at today’s literary lunch

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 .

Every ticket for today's special lunch event was snapped up by customers of the town's local bookshop Griffin Books

Every ticket for today’s special lunch event was snapped up by customers of the Penarth’s local bookshop Griffin Books

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.


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