Paula Byrne talks about Jane Austen

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When

Nov 15, 2013
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM

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Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing

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0116 252 2320

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Ticketed event - please book your free tickets in advance.

Followed by a signing session

Chair: Julian North

Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead in 1967, the third daughter in a large working-class Catholic family. She studied at the University of Liverpool and now lives in Oxford. She is a Fellow of Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College.

Her most recent book, published in January 2013 to mark the bicentenary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, is an innovative biography called The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things. Her previous book, Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, told the story of Evelyn Waugh’s friendship with the extraordinary aristocratic family who inspired Brideshead Revisited. It reached the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list.

Paula Byrne is also the author of the top ten bestseller Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson. 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).

Her first book, shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize, was Jane Austen and the Theatre, published in 2002. Paul Johnson of the Spectator chose it as his best-ever book on Jane Austen and the Times Literary Supplement described it as a "definitive and pioneering study of a wholly neglected aspect of Austen’s art."

In her next book she will be returning to the 1930s and the war years.

(Drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase in the interval between this event and the next one.)

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