Girl with a Pearl Earring

By  Tracy Chevalier

About the Book 

17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.

Tracy Chevalier’s extraordinary historical novel on the corruption of innocence and the price of genius is a contemporary classic and an international bestseller. 

What we think

“One of our absolute favourite authors, there is a magic to Tracy Chevalier’s prose and imagination as she weaves a storyaround the creation of one of the greatest paintings, brilliantly bringing to life the entrancing heroine. A sheer delight to read.”

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Author biography

Tracy Chevalier is the author of seven novels, including Remarkable Creatures and her most recent book, The Last Runaway. Born in Washington DC, in 1984 she moved to London, where she lives with her husband and son 

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It's a great honour to have The White Queen selected for World Book Night. I am especially pleased that this novel will be read by so many extra thousands of readers as it is the story of a Queen of England who lived her life with great courage and grace and yet has been neglected by history. I love bringing the lives of ordinary women from long ago to the attention of readers today and it is a delight to think that this book will be part of such an imaginative venture.

Philippa Gregory

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