The Muse by Jessie Burton

Cityread 2018

The Muse, by Jessie Burton

It is a hot July day in 1967 London. Odelle Bastien, recently arrived from Trinidad, climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery to begin a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost Spanish masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

This May, Cityread travels from London to Andalucia and back again.  Meet The Muse author Jessie Burton at two very special library events.  Join us to explore the secrets in your own family trees at our workshops. Let our nude models be your muse at life drawing classes in libraries across town.  And celebrate the impact of the Caribbean music scene of the 60s on what we are still listening to in London today, with a very special event with Lloyd Bradley and Jazzie B.

We will be announcing our events in the coming weeks, sign up for our newsletter for more information.

“I’m truly delighted that The Muse will be London’s Cityread for 2018. It’s a novel that celebrates the diversity, humour and spirit of Londoners – both those who were born here and those welcomed in to make it their home. It’s an honour to support our city’s libraries and to be reminded of their incomparable value, and I can’t wait for new readers to find my story of Odelle and Olive, and make it their own.”  Jessie Burton

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