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Tracy Chevalier

On being a novelist

Tracy Chevalier award winning author

“What is going on when my pen is scratching, pausing, scratching? I am performing a magic trick that still surprises me. I am in this world, at my desk or kitchen table, but I am simultaneously holding in my head another world full of people I have never physically met but know to their core. That world and those people pour out through my pen…” The Guardian

We’re very pleased to be able to welcome award winning author Tracy Chevalier to this year’s Festival literary event.

“I was born in October 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years I worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in my spare time. In 1993 I quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Afterwards I juggled freelance editing with writing until eventually I was able to write full-time.

I live in London with my English husband and son. I’ve written nine novels and edited two short story collections. My second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. Apart from writing, I’ve curated three shows in art galleries/museums.”

Based in the 1930s English cathedral city of Winchester, Tracy’s latest novel A Single Thread, will be published in September.

Tracy will be in conversation with fellow-novelist Antonia Honeywell whose novel The Ship was published to critical acclaim in 2015.



Sat 12 Oct 2019

Little Missenden Village Hall