The Confession: Jessie Burton in conversation with Elizabeth Day

Explore the power of secrets and storytelling with Jessie Burton in conversation with acclaimed author, journalist and podcast host Elizabeth Day.

Foyles Charing Cross Road, London

Tuesday 17th September, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

Colliding the peaceful elegance of Hampstead Heath with the radiant glamour of Los Angeles and straddling past and present, Jessie's latest novel The Confession is a luminous story of inter-generational friendships, women searching for themselves, and the weight of secrets.

It's 1980 and young Elise follows magnetic author Connie to Los Angeles, where she finds herself drowning in the glare of late-night pool parties and hedonistic success. 30 years later, the now reclusive Connie is confronted by Rose, a young woman searching for her mother, and demanding a confession.

Drawing from her three nuanced female protagonists and their experiences, Jessie will examine lies and secrets as the key to our most fascinating personal stories, as well as the crucial role of storytelling in reconstructing our past and building our history.

This event will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.

Venue Information

Foyles Charing Cross Road
107 Charing Cross Road
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Confession
The Confession

Jessie Burton

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Publication date:19 Sep 2019


3.41 out of 5
11 reviews
"The Confession might be quite devastating if it weren’t for its fatal flaw: the main characters are as flimsy and bloodless as extras in a movie"
The Times
"An absorbing tale of self-discovery"
Woman & Home
"Jessie Burton always writes perceptively about female identity and creativity"
"[There's] relatively few flaws in [this] absorbing, intelligent piece of storytelling that succeeds in sustaining its mystery to the end."
The Observer
"Jessie Burton explores the propensity to label women’s writing as ‘autofiction’ and the dangers of such categorisation"
Financial Times
"Her particular skill is to explore this in a way that is engaging, entertaining and moving"
Evening Standard
"it stands as another understated triumph for the patient typist."
The Guardian
"I loved Burton's debut, The Miniaturist, but this is even better!"
"Absorbing exploration of female creativity by The Miniaturist author Jessie Burton"
Irish Times
"A sharp intelligence beneath the romantic sensibility makes the less convincing story elements almost forgivable"
The Sunday Times

The powerful, moving and suspenseful new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.