We were very proud to host Jessie Burton at the beginning of her incredible publishing journey with The Miniaturist back in 2014, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome her back to Mainstreet on Tues 24th September to tell us all about her brilliant new novel, The Confession.

Please join us on Tues 24thSept to hear international bestselling author, Jessie Burtontalking about The Confession, her luminous, powerful and deeply moving new novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering.

Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s imposing house in search of a confession.


“Dazzlingly good. The Confession is that rare thing: an utterly engrossing novel which asks big questions without ever once losing sight of the storyteller’s need to entertain and move.” – Elizabeth Day

Portrait image © Lara Downie