• I read a lot of fantasy. I adored 'Anne of Green Gables'. But my favourite books as a child were probably Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' series, about a pioneer family in the mid-19th-century American west. I often thought of them as I was writing 'The Last Runaway'.

    "Tracy Chevalier: 'Slavery has to be raised until it's put to bed'". Interview with Robert McCrum, March 16, 2013.