School of hard knocks

School of hard knocks
Tracy Chevalier: ‘The book is really about discrimination as the whole picture’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

When Girl With A Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier was asked to reimagine Shakespeare’s Othello, she tackled the play on her own terms by moving the action to a racially-fraught playground in 1970s Washington

‘The important thing is to write what I want to write. And not to be like, ‘Here’s what the author of Girl With A Pearl Earring is writing.’ I have to go to what interests me. Where is there a story that needs telling? It’s important to be true to yourself.”

Statement made, Tracy Chevalier leans back on the sofa in the foyer of a Dublin hotel. Between us lies a copy of...

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