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Art Gallery Book Club

The lady and the unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

The Art Gallery Book Club launches this May, and will meet every second month at the Gallery to discuss books, enjoy great art, and share a glass of wine and a bite to eat.

For the first meeting, in conjunction with The lady and the unicorn exhibition, the Book Club will be discussing Tracy Chevalier’s novel of the same name.

Chevalier’s The lady and the unicorn is a historical tale of love, sex, and revenge from the author of The girl with the pearl earring. It explores the mystery surrounding the tapestries and weaves a new tale about who they depict and why.

Join us in the study room with the Gallery’s Jackie Dunn, curator of the exhibition, for a friendly and open discussion about this intriguing novel.

About the book

Keen to demonstrate his new-found favour with the King, rising nobleman Jean Le Viste commissions six tapestries to adorn the walls of his château. He expects soldiers and bloody battlefields. But artist Nicolas des Innocents instead designs a seductive world of women, unicorns and flowers, using as his muses Le Viste’s wife Geneviève and ripe young daughter Claude. In Belgium, as his designs spring to life under the weavers’ fingers, Nicolas is inspired once more – by the master weaver’s daughter Aliénor and her mother Christine. They too will be captured in his threads.

The lady and the unicorn is available from the Gallery Shop. Buy your copy online.

Wednesday 30 May 2018, 6pm

Includes wine and snacks
Does not include exhibition entry

Book online via Qtix

Duration 2 hours
Location: Study room

Related exhibition: The lady and the unicorn


Wednesday 4 April 6pm – 8pm


Wednesday 30 May 6pm – 8pm