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Paula Byrne


Paula Byrne

Paula Byrne is the author of PERDITA, a highly acclaimed biography of 18th-century celebrity Mary Robinson. A regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and other publications, she lives in Warwickshire, England, with her three children and her husband, the critic and biographer Jonathan Bate.

Paula Byrne

Books by Paula Byrne

by Paula Byrne - Biography, History, Nonfiction

KICK reveals new material and insight on the vivacious, unconventional and nearly forgotten young Kennedy sister, Kathleen “Kick”, who charmed American society and English aristocracy, and would break her family for love when she marries the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family, William Cavendish.

by Paula Byrne - Autobiography, Nonfiction

From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion picture Belle (May 2014) starring Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Matthew Goode --- a stunning story of the first mixed-race girl introduced to high society England and raised as a lady.  

by Paula Byrne - Biography, Nonfiction

In this well-researched and highly entertaining biography, Paula Byrne gives us a Jane Austen many readers may not recognize: a woman who enjoyed black humor and was well aware of the political scene of her time. Byrne uses artifacts from Austen’s life as a starting point for her engaging chapters on the events that shaped Austen’s worldview and inspired some of the most beloved scenes and characters in all of English literature.