Tracy Chevalier’s arrival at Godolphin created a huge buzz on Tuesday night. Topping the bill at our Literary Festival, the internationally renowned novelist is best known for her story Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, and her talk attracted a large audience into Godolphin. She discussed her latest book, New Boy, a retelling of Othello which she has set in a playground in 1970s America and reminisced about her own primary school years in Washington. The novel deals with issues of race and being an outsider and she alluded to her own feelings about moving to the UK and how long it takes to truly assimilate. Already working on a new novel, this time set in the the 1930s, her research has taken her to Winchester Cathedral where she has found an intriguing true story amid the pews.
The talk was held in conversation with Godolphin parent, Sarah O’Rorke.