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Look to Your Wife (Paperback): Paula Byrne Look to Your Wife (Paperback)
Paula Byrne 1
R210 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R63 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life. Lisa Blaize - teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife - feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited. But `Twitter may be my undoing', Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband's reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction? From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.

Kick - The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Paperback): Paula Byrne Kick - The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Paperback)
Paula Byrne 1
R235 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R70 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The remarkable life of the vivacious, clever - and forgotten - Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history. The favourite child of Joe Kennedy and favourite sister of Jack, Kick Kennedy was spirited, vivacious and legendary for her charm. When the Kenndys sailed to Britain in 1938 she was presented as a debutante amid the pre-war social whirl of the British aristocracy. Here she met a shy, tall, handsome man called Billy, and, rebelling against family, faith, and country, soon married him. He was William Cavendish, heir to Chatsworth and the Duke of Devonshire, the most eligible bachelor in England. But their days of married bliss proved short, as war would bring tragedy and loss. Uncovering her spectacular life in full for the first time, Paula Byrne depicts a remarkable woman who bewitched the Churchills, Astors and Mitfords, and yet was almost erased from Kennedy family history.

Belle - The True Story of Dido Belle (Paperback, Film tie-in edition): Paula Byrne Belle - The True Story of Dido Belle (Paperback, Film tie-in edition)
Paula Byrne 1
R214 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R63 (29%) In stock

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. In one of the most famous portraits in the world, a pretty girl walks through the grounds of Kenwood House, a vision of aristocratic refinement. But the eye is drawn to the beautiful woman on her right. Pointing at her own cheek, she playfully acknowledges her remarkable position in eighteenth-century society. For Dido Belle was the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy captain and a slave woman, adopted by the Earl of Mansfield. As Lord Chief Justice of England he would preside over the notorious Zong case - the drowning of 142 slaves by an unscrupulous shipping company. His ruling provided the legal underpinning to the abolition of slavery in Britain. From the privileged yet unequal lives of Dido and her cousin Elizabeth, to the horrific treatment of African slaves, Paula Byrne - the bestselling author of `The Real Jane Austen' - vividly narrates the story of a family that defied convention, the legal trial that exposed the cruelties of slavery and the woman who challenged notions of race at the highest rank.

Perdita - The Life of Mary Robinson (Paperback): Paula Byrne Perdita - The Life of Mary Robinson (Paperback)
Paula Byrne 2
R306 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R91 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sex, fame and scandal in the theatrical, literary and social circles of late 18th-century England. One of the most flamboyant women of the late-eighteenth century, Mary Robinson's life was marked by reversals of fortune. After being raised by a middle-class father, Mary was married, at age fourteen, to Thomas Robinson. His dissipated lifestyle landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison, where Mary wrote her first book of poetry and met lifelong friend Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire. On her release, Mary quickly became one of the most popular actresses of the day, famously playing Perdita in `The Winter's Tale' for a rapt audience that included the Prince of Wales, who fell madly in love with her. She later used his copious love letters for blackmail. This authoritative and engaging book presents a fascinating portrait of a woman who was variously darling of the London stage, a poet whose work was admired by Coleridge and a mistress to the most powerful men in England, and yet whose fortunes were nevertheless precarious, always on the brink of being squandered through recklessness, excess and passion.

The Genius of Jane Austen - Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood (Paperback, Epub Edition): Paula Byrne The Genius of Jane Austen - Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Paula Byrne 1
R261 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R97 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. 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. Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals. Her juvenilia, then Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy. Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years - and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame, culminating in her celebration on GBP10 note. Austen expert and author of The Real Jane Austen, Paula Byrne looks at stage adaptations of Austen's novels (including one called Miss Elizabeth Bennet by A. A. Milne) to modern classics, including the BBC Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility, and the phenomenally brilliant and successful Clueless, The Genius of Jane Austen presents an Austen not of prim manners and genteel calm, but filled with wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.

Mad World - Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (Paperback): Paula Byrne Mad World - Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (Paperback)
Paula Byrne 1
R302 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R91 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A terrifically engaging and original biography about one of England's greatest novelists, and the glamorous, eccentric, debauched and ultimately tragic family that provided him with the most significant friendships of his life and inspired his masterpiece, `Brideshead Revisited'. Evelyn Waugh was already famous when `Brideshead Revisited' was published in 1945. Written at the height of the war, the novel was, he admitted, of no `immediate propaganda value'. Instead, it was the story of a household, a family and a journey of religious faith - an elegy, in many ways, for a vanishing world and a testimony to a family he had fallen in love with a decade earlier. The Lygons of Madresfield were every bit as glamorous, eccentric and compelling as their counterparts in `Brideshead Revisited'. In this engrossing biography, Paula Byrne takes an innovative approach to her subject, setting out to capture Waugh through those friendships that mattered most to him. Far from the snobbish misanthropist of popular caricature, she uncovers a man as loving and complex as the family that inspired him - a family deeply traumatised when their father was revealed as a homosexual and forced to flee the country. This brilliantly original biography unlocks for the first time the extent to which Waugh's great novel encoded and transformed his own experiences. In so doing, it illuminates the loves and obsessions that shaped his life, and brings us inevitably to a secret that dared not speak its name.

Stressed, Unstressed - Classic Poems to Ease the Mind (Paperback): Jonathan Bate, Paula Byrne Stressed, Unstressed - Classic Poems to Ease the Mind (Paperback)
Jonathan Bate, Paula Byrne 1
R210 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R64 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Can you be re-lit by poetry? This little book offers everyone one of the oldest of all remedies for stress: the reading of poetry. Intended to help you endure some of your stressful moments and painful experiences, these poems tell us we are not alone. Returned again and again over the centuries by great imaginations are love and death and memory - remembrance of childhood joy, of happy days and beautiful places, of loved ones we have lost or feeling at peace and at one with the natural world. `Stressed Unstressed' harvests an array of poems on such themes in the hope that they will speak to you when you are processing your worries or when you simply want to fill your mind with different, more positive thoughts. Words can act as drugs, and on the bedside or in a waiting-room this little volume of poetry can help in all sorts of difficult circumstances. So here is a selection of new poems and old, enduring classics and forgotten gems. Next time you are feeling stressed or anxious, worried or sleepless, panicky or unable to cope, `Stressed Unstressed' invites you to read a poem and join the thousands of others who have read and remembered and loved these poems - to form a very special community. This is bibliotherapy.

Interpol Calling: The Complete Series (DVD): Charles Korvin, Edwin Richfield, Roland Bartrop, George Pastell, John Crawford,... Interpol Calling: The Complete Series (DVD)
Charles Korvin, Edwin Richfield, Roland Bartrop, George Pastell, John Crawford, …
R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

All 39 episodes of the late 1950s crime series following the adventures of Inspector Duval (Charles Korvin), one of Interpol's top agents and the scourge of criminals worldwide. The episodes are: 'The Thirteen Innocents', 'The Money Game', 'The Sleeping Giant', 'The Two-Headed Monster', 'The Long Weekend', 'You Can't Die Twice', 'Diamond S.O.S.', 'Private View', 'Dead On Arrival', 'Air Switch', 'The Angola Brights', 'The Chinese Mask', 'Slave Ship', 'The Man's a Clown', 'Last Man Lucky', 'No Flowers for Onno', 'Mr George', 'The Thousand Mile Alibi', 'Act of Piracy', 'Game for Three Hands', 'The Collector', 'The Heiress', 'Payment in Advance', 'Checkmate', 'Fingers of Guilt', 'The Girl With Grey Hair', 'Trial at Cranby's Creek', 'Ascent to Murder', 'Slow Boat to Amsterdam', 'White Blackmail', 'A Foreign Body', 'In the Swim', 'The Three Keys', 'Eight Days Inclusive', 'Dressed to Kill', 'Cargo of Death', 'Desert Hi-Jack', 'Pipeline' and 'The Absent Assassin'.

Look to Your Wife (Paperback): Paula Byrne Look to Your Wife (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R306 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R103 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life. Lisa Blaize - teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife - feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited. But `Twitter may be my undoing', Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband's reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction? From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.

The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things (Paperback): Paula Byrne The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R275 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R84 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne explores the forces that shaped the interior life of one of the most beloved novelists in the English language: her father's religious faith; her mother's aristocratic pedigree; her eldest brother's adoption; her relatives in the East and West Indies; the family's amateur theatricals; and her determination throughout her long struggle to become a published author. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture. Like a superb archaeologist, Byrne uses artifacts from Jane Austen's life to craft a vivid and more complex portrait of the writer than we have ever seen.

Kick - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Paperback): Paula Byrne Kick - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R306 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R21 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things (Paperback): Paula Byrne The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things (Paperback)
Paula Byrne 1
R237 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R60 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Who was the real Jane Austen? Overturning the traditional portrait of the author as conventional and genteel, bestseller Paula Byrne's landmark biography reveals the real woman behind the books. In this paperback of the landmark biography, bestselling biographer Paula Byrne uses objects that conjure up a key moment in Austen's life and work - a silhouette, a vellum notebook, a topaz cross, a writing box, a royalty cheque, a bathing machine, and many more - to unlock the biography of this most beloved author. The woman who emerges is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of `dear aunt Jane' allows. Byrne's lively book explores the many forces that shaped Austen's life, her long struggle to become a published author, and brings Miss Austen dazzlingly into the twenty-first century.

Mad World - Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (Paperback): Paula Byrne Mad World - Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R319 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R41 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Evelyn Waugh was already famous when "Brideshead Revisited" was published in 1945. The chronicle of a household, a family, and a journey of religious faith--an elegy for a vanishing world--Waugh's masterwork was a tribute and testimony to a family he had fallen in love with a decade earlier. The Lygons of Madresfield were every bit as glamorous, eccentric, and fascinating as their fictional "Brideshead" counterparts, their story just as compelling, filled with secrets and betrayals, scandals and unwavering love.

"Mad World" is Paula Byrne's innovative and engrossing biography of Evelyn Waugh, recalling the loves and obsessions that shaped his world and his writing, capturing Waugh through the friendships that mattered most to him, and exploring how he encoded the defining experiences of his adult life in his greatest literary work.

Belle - The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice (Paperback): Paula Byrne Belle - The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R271 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R51 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The sensational tale of the first mixed-race girl introduced to high-society England and raised as a lady...

The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was raised by her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. When the portrait he commissioned of his two wards, Dido and her white cousin, Elizabeth, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals. Inspired by the painting, Belle vividly brings to life this extraordinary woman caught between two worlds, and illuminates the great civil rights question of her age: the fight to end slavery.

The feature film Belle is produced by Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, The History Boys, Welcome to Sarajevo), written by Misan Sagay, and directed by Amma Asante, and stars the extraordinary Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Belle, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson.

Kick Lib/E - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Standard format, CD): Paula Byrne Kick Lib/E - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Standard format, CD)
Paula Byrne; Read by Antonia Beamish
R699 R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Save R83 (12%) Special order
Kick - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Hardcover): Paula Byrne Kick - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Hardcover)
Paula Byrne
R546 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R56 (10%) Special order
Perdita - The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson (Paperback, 1st U.S. ed): Paula Byrne Perdita - The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson (Paperback, 1st U.S. ed)
Paula Byrne
R328 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R23 (7%) Special order

This compelling and richly researched book presents a fascinating portrait of Mary Robinson-darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author. Though one of the most flamboyant free spirits of the late eighteenth century, Mary led a life that was marked by reversals of fortune. After being abandoned by her father, Mary was married, at age fifteen, to Thomas Robinson, whose dissipation landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison. On her release, Mary rose to become one of the London theater's most alluring actresses, famously playing Perdita in The Winter's Tale for a rapt audience that included the Prince of Wales, who fell madly in love with her. Never one to pass up an opportunity, she later used his ardent love letters for blackmail. After being struck down by paralysis, apparently following a miscarriage, she remade herself yet again, this time as a popular writer who was also admired by the leading intellectuals of the day.
Filled with triumph and despair and grand accomplishments, the amazing life of "Perdita" is marvelously captured in this stunning biography.

Kick Lib/E - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (MP3 format, CD): Paula Byrne Kick Lib/E - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (MP3 format, CD)
Paula Byrne; Read by Antonia Beamish
R687 R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Save R83 (12%) Special order
Kick Lib/E - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Standard format, CD): Paula Byrne Kick Lib/E - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth (Standard format, CD)
Paula Byrne; Read by Antonia Beamish
R1,049 R729 Discovery Miles 7 290 Save R320 (31%) Special order
Jane Austen's Emma - A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook (Hardcover): Paula Byrne Jane Austen's Emma - A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook (Hardcover)
Paula Byrne
R1,618 Discovery Miles 16 180 Special order

Emma is widely regarded as Jane Austen's most perfectly constructed novel. At once a comedy of misunderstanding, a razor-sharp analysis of the English class-system, a classic tale of moral growth, and a romance that combines sense with sensibility, it has appealed to readers of every generation and critics of every disposition.
This sourcebook introduces readers not only to Jane Austen's text, but also to the literary and historical contexts within which the novel was written, and to the many different critical readings that it has generated, from the time of its publication to the twenty-first century. Each extract is fully introduced and analyzed, with a concluding section on recommended editions and further reading to prepare the reader for further study of this incomparable English novel.

The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things (Hardcover): Paula Byrne The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things (Hardcover)
Paula Byrne 1
R592 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R125 (21%) Special order

Who was the real Jane Austen? Overturning the traditional portrait of the author as conventional and genteel, bestseller Paula Byrne's landmark biography reveals the real woman behind the books. In this new biography, bestselling author Paula Byrne (author of Perdita, Mad World) explores the forces that shaped the interior life of Britain's most beloved novelist: her father's religious faith, her mother's aristocratic pedigree, her eldest brother's adoption, her other brothers' naval and military experiences, her relatives in the East and West Indies, her cousin who lived through the trauma of the French Revolution, the family's amateur theatricals, the female novelists she admired, her residence in Bath, her love of the seaside, her travels around England and her long struggle to become a published author. Byrne uses a highly innovative technique whereby each chapter begins from an object that conjures up a key moment or theme in Austen's life and work-a silhouette, a vellum notebook, a topaz cross, a laptop writing box, a royalty cheque, a bathing machine, and many more. The woman who emerges in this biography is far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern than the conventional picture of `dear Aunt Jane' would allow. Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, this lively and scholarly biography brings Austen dazzlingly into the twenty-first century.

Jane Austen's Emma - A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook (Paperback): Paula Byrne Jane Austen's Emma - A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Special order

Emma is widely regarded as Jane Austen's most perfectly constructed novel. At once a comedy of misunderstanding, a razor-sharp analysis of the English class-system, a classic tale of moral growth, and a romance that combines sense with sensibility, it has appealed to readers of every generation and critics of every disposition. This Routledge Literary Sourcebook introduces readers not only to Jane Austen's text, but also to the literary and historical contexts within which the novel was written and to the many different critical readings that it has generated, from the time of its publication to the twenty-first century. Each extract is fully introduced and analyzed, which a concluding section on recommended editions and further reading prepares the reader for further study of this incomparable English novel.

The Genius of Jane Austen - Her Love of Theatre and Why She Works in Hollywood (Paperback): Paula Byrne The Genius of Jane Austen - Her Love of Theatre and Why She Works in Hollywood (Paperback)
Paula Byrne
R307 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R21 (7%) Special order
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