Tracy Chevalier FRSL was appointed to the British Library Board on 1 April 2015.
Tracy is an historical novelist with dual US and UK citizenship. She has written nine novels and is best known for her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has sold over 5 million copies and was made into a 2003 film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.Tracy has been a British Library Reader since 1988, when she began doing research there as a reference book editor. She is a former chair of the British Library’s Advisory Committee for Public Lending Right, and was previously a member of the Public Lending Right Management Board.
She is a Council Member of the Society of Authors (SoA) and was Chair of the Management Committee of the SoA, 2006-2008. She is President of the Royal Literary Fund, an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust, and Patron of the John Soane Museum, the Lyme Regis Museum and the Dorchester Literature Festival.
Tracy is a member of the Board's Audit Committee.