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Tracy Chevalier - Author

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier is the author of six previous novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn, Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son.

The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer, was released in the UK in January. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards.

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Featured books by Tracy Chevalier

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare)

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare)

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2017

She noticed him before anyone else...Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.

Reader, I Married Him

Reader, I Married Him

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him - one of the most celebrated lines in fiction - are inspired by Jane Eyre and shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter; a family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision; Grace Poole defends Bertha Mason and calls the general opinion of Jane Eyre into question. Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret in Reader, She Married Me , and The Mirror boldly imagines Jane's married life after the novel ends. A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim and inexplicably lies to him, and a fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. Edited by Tracy Chevalier, this collection brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.

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Reader, I Married Him

Reader, I Married Him

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him - one of the most celebrated lines in fiction - are inspired by Jane Eyre and shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter; a family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision; Grace Poole defends Bertha Mason and calls the general opinion of Jane Eyre into question. Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret in Reader, She Married Me , and The Mirror boldly imagines Jane's married life after the novel ends. A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim and inexplicably lies to him, and a fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story.

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The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2006

Jean le Viste, a newly-wealthy member of the French court, commissions a series of tapestries to hang in his chateau named 'The Lady and the Unicorn.' Nicolas, his chosen designer, is a talented artist. He is also dangerously attractive to the women around him including le Viste's wife, Genevieve, and his daughter, Claude. Nicolas is at once smitten with Claude but will her social standing prevent her from returning his advances? As Nicolas begins to weave the tapestries so too do the lives and desires of the people around him intertwine. As people fall in love, are shunned, take revenge, find unrequited love, turn to the church or to pagan ideals, the tapestries become to each an ideal vision of life -- yet all discover that they are unable to make this ideal world their own.

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Other books by Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread

A Single Thread

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

`I loved it. So compelling and warm and subtle, and very moving' Bridget Collins, author of The Binding `Deeply touching ... careful, beautiful' Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiance and her brother and regarded by society as a `surplus woman' unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it is one of draughty boarding-houses and sidelong glances at her naked ring finger from younger colleagues; but it is also a life gleaming with independence and opportunity. Violet falls in with the broderers, a disparate group of women charged with embroidering kneelers for the Cathedral, and is soon entwined in their lives and their secrets. As the almost unthinkable threat of a second Great War appears on the horizon Violet collects a few secrets of her own that could just change everything... Warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated, A Single Thread reveals one of our finest modern writers at the peak of her powers.

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

EHto istoriya odnogo portreta. Istoriya odnogo hudozhnika. Istoriya odnoj lyubvi. Istoriya, kotoraya mogla proizojti - a mozhet byt', i proizoshla - v starom dome na odnoj iz zhivopisnyh ulochek gollandskogo goroda Delfta v dalekom semnadcatom stoletii... Roman Trejsi SHeval'e vpervye uvidel svet v Amerike v 1999 godu i srazu zhe stal bestsellerom vo mnogih stranah mira. V 2003 godu kniga byla ehkranizirovana rezhisserom Piterom Uehbberom, glavnye roli v kartine sygrali Skarlett Johanson i Kolin Fert. Fil'm udostoilsya trekh nominacij na "e;Oskar"e; i dvuh - na premiyu "e;Zolotoj globus"e;.

New Boy

New Boy

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2018

`A compact and intense read full of twists, turns and intrigue' Daily Express The bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway returns with a tale of jealousy, bullying and revenge. Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again. The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard in Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart.

The Sleep Quilt

The Sleep Quilt

Author: Tracy Chevalier, Katy Emck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2017

The Sleep Quilt is unlike any other quilt you will have seen. Commissioned by Tracy Chevalier, it is entirely stitched and quilted by prisoners in some of Britain's toughest jails. Each of the 63 squares explores what sleep means in prison. A moment of escape for some, for others a dark return to all they most regret in life, sleep has a great significance in jail that is only strengthened by the difficulty of finding it in the relentlessly noisy, hot and cramped environment. By turns poignant, witty, lighthearted and tragic, The Sleep Quilt shines a light on lives that few outside can guess at. An essay by Tracy Chevalier, an introduction by Katy Emck of Fine Cell Work, the charity that made the quilt possible, as well as many quotations from prisoners, frame this remarkable work. All royalties from the sales of the books will go to Fine Cell Work.

New Boy

New Boy

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2017

Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare's harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge to a 1970s era elementary school playground.Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players teachers and pupils alike will never be the same again. The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant ';girlfriend' Mimi Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

New Boy

New Boy

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: eBook Release Date: 11/05/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of New Boy by Tracy Chevalier, read by Prentice Onayemi.'O felt her presence behind him like a fire at his back.'Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s' suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds - Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi - Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

Reader, I Married Him

Reader, I Married Him

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him - one of the most celebrated lines in fiction - are inspired by Jane Eyre and shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter; a family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision; Grace Poole defends Bertha Mason and calls the general opinion of Jane Eyre into question. Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret in Reader, She Married Me , and The Mirror boldly imagines Jane's married life after the novel ends. A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim and inexplicably lies to him, and a fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. Edited by Tracy Chevalier, this collection brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.

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At the Edge of the Orchard

At the Edge of the Orchard

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

'A wonderful book; rich, evocative, original. I loved it' Joanne Harris One in ten trees comes up sweet... In the inhospitable Black Swamp of Ohio, the Goodenough family are barely scratching out a living. Life there is harsh, tempered only by the apples they grow for eating and for the cider that dulls their pain. Hot-headed Sadie and buttoned-up James are a poor match, and Robert and his sister Martha can only watch helplessly as their parents tear each other apart. One particularly vicious fight sends Robert out alone across America, far from his sister, to seek his fortune among the mighty redwoods and sequoias of Gold Rush California. But even across a continent, he can feel the pull of family loyalties...

Why Willows Weep Contemporary Tales from the Woods

Why Willows Weep Contemporary Tales from the Woods

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A charming collection of stories and fables inspired by Britain's nineteen species of native trees, written by nineteen of Britain's leading authors. Why Willows Weep is edited by Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and contains beautiful colour illustrations by Canadian artist Leanne Shapton. With sales in hardback of 10,000 this collection has already helped the Woodland Trust plant nearly 50,000 trees across the United Kingdom, and it is now available in paperback for the first time.

Dorset Gap: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Dorset Gap: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A short story by Tracy Chevalier from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre.In 'Dorset Gap', two students walk in the countryside after a night of partying and miscommunicate over Jane Eyre.Edited by Tracy Chevalier, the full collection, Reader I Married Him, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.

La marginea livezii

La marginea livezii

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2016

Romanul La marginea livezii urmareste drumul pe care familia Goodenough si-l croieste in speranta unei vieti mai bune. Pentru ca in Connecticut, de unde e de fel James Goodenough, pamantul familiei nu ajunge tuturor fratilor, el hotaraste sa-si caute propriul pamant al fagaduintei. Se stabileste cu familia intr-un tinut deloc prietenos din Ohio, unde planteaza o livada: aceasta era semnul limpede al intentiei colonistului de a ramane. Dar pamantul ostil seamana dusmanie intre James si sotia lui: el se incranceneaza in incercarea de a-l imblanzi, iar Sadie alege sa uite de lumea brutala care-o inconjoara cu ajutorul rachiului de cidru. Cu anii, prapastia dintre cei doi se adanceste si, intr-o clipa necugetata, totul se naruie. Incercand sa se salveze, Robert, fiul mai mic, fuge de-acasa - va deveni miner cautator de aur, apoi, pe urmele tatalui sau care iubea copacii, ajutor al unui colector de plante. Trecutul il ajunge insa din urma...

Reader, I Married Him

Reader, I Married Him

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him - one of the most celebrated lines in fiction - are inspired by Jane Eyre and shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter; a family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision; Grace Poole defends Bertha Mason and calls the general opinion of Jane Eyre into question. Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret in Reader, She Married Me , and The Mirror boldly imagines Jane's married life after the novel ends. A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim and inexplicably lies to him, and a fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story.

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At the Edge of the Orchard

At the Edge of the Orchard

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: eBook Release Date: 15/03/2016

';With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurersmale and femalewho were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.' USA TodayFrom internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert's past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last. Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet.From the Hardcover edition.

At the Edge of the Orchard

At the Edge of the Orchard

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/03/2016

Ohio, 1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. As fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through Goldrush California. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past, and one day Robert is forced to confront the brutal reason he left behind everything he loved.