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Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead and has a PhD from the University of Liverpool, where she is a Research Fellow in English Literature. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Theatre, was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. Her second book, Perdita, was a Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Mad World was a Sunday Times bestseller. She lives in Oxford with her two children and her husband, the critic and biographer Jonathan Bate who is Provost of Worcester College.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood by Paula Byrne
The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood
Paula Byrne
A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Kick The True Story of JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne
Kick The True Story of JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
Paula Byrne
The remarkable life of the vivacious, clever - and forgotten - Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Belle The True Story Behind the Movie by Paula Byrne
Belle The True Story Behind the Movie
Paula Byrne
Published in advance of the forthcoming film starring Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this tie-in gives the full history of Belle, the adopted mixed-race daughter of Lord Mansfield. It was Mansfield as Chief Justice of England who’s ruling in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/04/2014
The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things
Paula Byrne
I have so enjoyed reading this look at Jane Austen’s life that if I can convince just one reader to pick it up then I shall feel my job is done! Paula Byrne has selected a number of objects, some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
The Real Jane Austen A Life in Small Things
Paula Byrne
Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, a new portrait of Jane Austen. Each chapter begins with a key object from Austen’s life and work and develops into an investigation that reveals a tougher more “modern”...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/01/2013

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