Lead title Sex, fame and scandal in the theatrical, literary and social circles of late-eighteenth century England. A brilliant popular history in the tradition of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. Byrne is young and highly marketable. Perfect for TV/Film adaptation. Byrne's first book Jane Austen and the Theatre received rave reviews. Chosen for Richard and Judy's Book Club. The programme is to be aired on 3rd March.
Paula Byrne is the author of Jane Austen and the Theatre.
Praise for Jane Austen and the Theatre: 'This scholarly, perceptive book leaves you wanting more from the same author.' Loraine Fletcher, Independent 'The definitive and pioneering work on the subject ... Byrne's perspective as a theatre historian exposes much that is original ... Jane Austen and the Theatre has much to say to the theatre historian about an extraordinary member of the late-eighteenth century audience, and a great deal more to teach the literary critic about that theatregoer's own art.' Michael Caines, TLS 'Fascinating and elegant ... invaluable as an academic study of the way that Austen, like Henry James after her, made brilliant use of theatrical techniques.' Miranda Seymour, Spectator