Kick:The True Story of JFK's Favourite Sister, and the Heir to Chatsworth

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Dr Paula Byrne
Type Lectures & Talks
When 30 Oct 2017, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price This lecture is free
For Bookings Contact No booking is required.

Dr Paula Byrne will bring to life the story of Kick, Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, sister of J. F. Kennedy and her marriage to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington. The 2016 biography was an international bestseller, particularly in the Kennedy's ancestral homeland of Ireland.

Dr Byrne's past work has been a biography of Jane Austen, in 2002, an updated version of which was published in 2017. Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club on Channel 4 thus propelling it into the Sunday Times bestseller list. This revived an interest in the work of Mary who was an actor, poet, novelist and women's rights activist. Her book Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, another top ten bestseller, was published by Harper Press in the UK in August 2009 and Harper Collins New York in the USA in April 2010.

In 2014, Paula Byrne published a biography of Dido Elizabeth Belle which was a commission to coincide with the general release of the film Belle. Since few facts are known about Dido, the book set her life in the broader context of women and slavery in the late eighteenth century. It became a New York Times top ten bestseller.

Dr Byrne is the founder and chief executive of a small charity, ReLit: The Bibliotherapy Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of literature as a complementary therapy in the toolkit of medical practitioners dealing with stress, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Paula is married to Sir Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare Scholar and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, who recently gave a talk to the Lit and Phil on the poet, Ted Hughes.

This lecture is sponsored by the University of Leicester.

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