The British Library has appointed Tom Holland as chair of the Public Lending Right (PLR) Advisory Committee for the next three years.
Holland said: “I am hugely honoured to be taking on the role of chair of the PLR Advisory Committee, which does such excellent work in promoting the interests of authors - and also, by extension, the invaluable role played by our public libraries.”
Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library said: “We are delighted that Tom Holland has been appointed as chair of the PLR Advisory Committee. Tom’s distinction and profile as a writer, and the wit and warmth he brings to the causes he supports, will bring great benefits to PLR. The British Library would like to also thank Tracy Chevalier for all the work she has done to promote this vital scheme to authors across the country."
Holland has had previous involvement working for the cause of authors as he served five years on the committee of the Society of Authors, two of them as chair.
Holland also supports authors who write about cricket in his role running the Authors Cricket Club. Holland writes both fiction and non-fiction and has translated Herodotus: The Histories. His best-selling works of history have included Persian Fire, Rubicon and, most recently, Dynasty. Holland has created documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, and has also presented "Making History" for BBC Radio 4.
Holland will take up his new role on 10th November when the current Chair, Tracy Chevalier, steps down.