Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

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OVER FIVE MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE


'A phenomenon' Jessie Burton


'Dazzling' Daily Mail


'Truly magical' Guardian



Those eyes are fixed on someone. But who? What is she thinking as she stares out from one of the world's best-loved paintings?


Johannes Vermeer can spot exceptional beauty. When servant girl Griet catches his eye, she soon becomes both student and muse. But then he gives her his wife's pearl earrings to wear for a portrait, and a scandal erupts that could threaten Griet's future...



Vivid and captivating, this timeless modern classic has become a successful film and an international bestseller, with over 5 million copies sold around the world; now with a new introduction by the author.



'A veritable work of art... one of those rare novels where all the decisions made by the author appear inevitable and right' Rose Tremain


'Timeless, delicate and as exquisitely measured as one of Vermeer's paintings. Tense yet perfectly-paced and filled with the beauty of life's colours, Girl with the Pearl Earring is a masterpiece in its own right. Just a phenomenon. I will hold this novel close for the rest of my life' Jessie Burton, author of The Minaturist


'If ever a novel rightly deserves its "five millions copies sold" achievement, it is this dazzling little masterpiece ... Absolute magic' Daily Mail


'A portrait of radiance...Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel' Time


'Chevalier doesn't put a foot wrong in this triumphant work ... It is a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it' Wall Street Journal


'A wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere, deeply revealing about the process of painting...truly magical' Guardian


'It is no wonder that this beautifully-written story has sold more than five million copies and been made into a successful film. An absolute triumph' Woman's Weekly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 240g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 0007232160
  • 9780007232161
  • 1,617

Review Text

A sumptuous new look for Tracy Chevalier's first two novels, which will help to introduce her books to a new range of fans. )Girl With A Pearl Earring(, the story of Vermeer and his artistic muse is her most famous book and was successfully adapted for cinema. )Falling Angels( concerns the intertwined lives of two English families at the beginning of the 20th century.
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'Chevalier's writing skill and her knowledge of seventeenth-century Delft are such that she creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place' New Yorker


'Chevalier's book is a delight' Simon Jenkins, Guardian


'This is a wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere. It is deeply revealing about the process of painting...a truly magical experience.' Guardian


'This is a novel which deserves, and I am sure will win, a prize - or two.' Times


'A portrait of radiance...Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.' Time


'It has a slow, magical current of its own that picks you up and carries you stealthily along...a beautiful story, lovingly told by a very talented writer.' Daily Mail


'Life in 17th century Delft is evoked with a sharp eye for historical detail and the descriptions of Vermeer at work are superbly drawn. A sensuous and vividly crafted work of fiction from a highly talented young novelist.' Mail on Sunday


'This sensually luminous novel brings Vermeer and his art to life through bold sumptuous prose.'
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About Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, Remarkable Creatures, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, and The Lady and the Unicorn. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son. She has a website at www.tchevalier.com.
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Rating details

601,849 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 31% (184,042)
4 38% (226,667)
3 24% (142,771)
2 5% (33,022)
1 3% (15,347)

Our customer reviews

Title says it all! I was set to read this book as part of my english course at school, and i was expecting a long dull story with lots of eyelid drooping speeches and pointless ideas. I was delightedly surprised to find a deep, complicated story of a girl trying to find her way in the world while staying true to herself. Griet's story is sad, heart wrenching and truly unforgettable. Based on the painting, Girl with the Pearl Earring will set your heart aflame for this young girl and the choices she must make.show more
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