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The Miniaturist to be adapted for TV

Jessie Burton and the book cover to The Miniaturist Image copyright ALexander James
Image caption Burton's atmospheric thriller became the best-selling literary debut hardback of the decade

A three-part adaptation of Jessie Burton's award-winning novel The Miniaturist is to be made for BBC One.

Set in 1686, the story unfolds as a young bride is given a miniature replica of her own house, the contents of which seem to mirror real life.

Burton wrote the book over four years while working as an actress and as a PA in a City firm.

She said: "Short of actually being published, it's the best news I've ever had."

The author added: "It's an almost indescribable thrill to know the characters and story I invented in The Miniaturist are going to be given a new life in such an exciting way."

Kate Sinclair, executive producer for The Forge which will make the series, said: "I feel privileged to be making this for the BBC. Think Wolf Hall meets Tulip Fever."

The book, which was one of the fastest-selling debut novels in a decade, has been adapted by John Brownlow.

It has won numerous awards including Waterstone's Book of the Year and the National Book Awards Overall Book of the Year.


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