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Paula Byrne is the author of four successive London Sunday Times top ten bestseller biographies, `Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical', `Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson' (2004),
`Mad World: Evelyn Waugh' and the `Secrets of Brideshead' (2009), `The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things' (2013) and `Belle: The True Story of Dido Belle' (2014). Born into a large Liverpool working-class Catholic family of Irish descent, her grandfather and mother were Irish Kennedys. She is founder and chief executive of ReLit, the Bibliotherapy Foundation, a charity devoted to the mental health benefits of reading. She is married to Sir Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.


`Byrne conjures such a vivid portrait of her enchanting heroine that one almost feels deprived never having met her' Daily Mail, Book of the Week

`Byrne is engagingly smitten with her subject ... Sentence by sentence, the book is a joy: a fresh take on the exceedingly well-worn theme of the Kennedy family. Byrne recounts the dramas of the end of her life with great pace and a poignancy that is all the more affecting for not being overdone' Guardian

`Byrne does a fine job rescuing Kick from undeserved obscurity, providing an important chapter to the story of this dazzling doomed dynasty' The Times

`Sparkling ... fast-paced ... transfixing' Sunday Times

`This absolutely enthralling biography is written by an expert hand... Her narrative is deceptively easy and fluid, cleverly belying the enormous weight and variety of her source materials' Irish Independent

`An exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story' Kirkus Review

`Written with panache ... as engaging as its subject' Sunday Express

`A fun-loving American charms the English aristocracy with her wit and sangfroid, overcoming prejudice to win the heart of London's most eligible bachelor ... Paula Byrne ... recaptures her brief but fascinating story' Vogue

`This very sad story is at the heart of Paula Byrne's excellent biography ... supported by impressive research' Financial Times

`Sympathetic and faced-paced ... Byrne's portrait of the Kennedy's at home is transfixing' Sunday Times

`A compelling biography ... Byrne is to be commended for handling the formidable task with aplomb. She has produced a lively work ... allowing [Kick's] warmth, charisma and legendary vitality to shine through' Country Life

`Absolutely enthralling ... Paula Byrne's narrative is deceptively easy and fluid cleverly belying the enormous weight and variety of her resource material' Irish Independent

`An exhilarating portrait of a woman who deserves a place in history' Stellar Magazine

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