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Book Club at BUC, facilitated by Jeanette Acland

The Miniaturist is the 2014 debut novel of English actress and author Jessie Burton and is set in 17thC Amsterdam.

On an autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realises the escalating dangers that await them all. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

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