Paula Byrne
AUTHOR

Paula Byrne

Paula was born in Birkenhead in 1967, the third daughter in a large working-class Catholic family. She studied English and Theology at the college that is now Chichester University and then taught English and Drama at Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Wirral Metropolitan College. She then completed her MA and PhD in English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She is now a full-time writer, living with her husband, the Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, and their three young children (Tom, Ellie and Harry) in an old farmhouse in a South Warwickshire village near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Paula is represented by The Wylie Agency. She is an Executive Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Warwick.

Paula is the author of the top ten bestseller Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson (HarperCollins UK, Random House USA). A selection for the 2005 Richard and Judy Book Club and a British Book Awards 'Best Read' nomination, Perdita was also long-listed for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize. It tells the extraordinary story of the eighteenth-century actress, poet, novelist, feminist, celebrity and royal mistress Mary 'Perdita' Robinson (1757-1800).

Paula's first book, shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize, was Jane Austen and the Theatre, published in 2002 and reissued in paperback in 2007 by Hambledon Continuum. Paul Johnson of The Spectator chose it as his best-ever book on Jane Austen and the Times Literary Supplement described as a 'definitive and pioneering study of a wholly neglected aspect of Austen's art.' She has also edited a Routledge Literary Sourcebook on Jane Austen's Emma.

Paula has published essays on a wide range of women authors, reviews for the Sunday Telegraph and the TLS, and in her new book tells the story of Evelyn Waugh's friendship with the extraordinary aristocratic family who inspired Brideshead Revisited. Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead is published worldwide by HarperCollins, with the UK edition out in August 2009 and the USA edition forthcoming in early March 2010.

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Best Sellers

    • The Real Jane Austen

    • A Life in Small Things
    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things offers a startlingly original look at the revered writer through a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in her life and work....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For fans of Austen, Regency England

    • By Eee on 08-11-13

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Genius of Jane Austen

    • Her Love of Theatre and Why She Is a Hit in Hollywood
    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Genius of Jane Austen celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies time after time....

    Regular price: $9.05

    • Kick

    • The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The biography of the vivacious, unconventional - and nearly forgotten - young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy and would break with her family for love....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Nicely Done

    • By Kaks on 07-21-16
    • The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 07-05-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 40 ratings

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Look to Your Wife

    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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    A debut novel by a best-selling nonfiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life....

    Regular price: $13.08

    • Belle

    • The True Story of Dido Belle
    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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    The inspiration behind the powerful new film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this is the story of Dido Belle, whose adoption by an aristocratic family challenged the conventions of 18th century England....

    • The True Story of Dido Belle
    • By: Paula Byrne
    • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 05-08-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Regular price: $8.77

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