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    Belle: The True Story of Dido Belle (William Collins) (Paperback) By (author) Paula Byrne

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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    The True Story of Dido Belle
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paula Byrne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 280 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007542727
    ISBN 10: 0007542720

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25560
    Libri: ENGL1620
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037030, HIS051000, BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, BTH, 3JF
    BISAC V2.8: SOC056000, SOC008000
    DC23: 942.073092
    Thema V1.0: JBSL, NHD, DNXH
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M, 3ML
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU-GB-E
    Media tie-in
    Edition statement
    Film tie-in edition
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    William Collins
    Publication date
    08 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Theatre, was shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. Her second book, Perdita, was a Richard and Judy book-club pick and a best-seller. Both her third, Mad World:Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, and her most recent book, The Real Jane Austen, were published to rave reviews and became best-sellers. She is married to Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.
    Review quote
    'A touching account ... artfully constructed' Sunday Times 'The theatrical zest of the narrative, which is a tie-in with a movie of the same name, holds it all together' The Times Praise for film previews of 'Belle': 'A lovely, female-centric romance that completely reinvents the period movie in a way that will resound for quite some time' Empire 'Elegant and emotionally satisfying ... this handsome period piece tells a continually fascinating, unusually layered story' Variety Praise for Paula Byrne's 'The Real Jane Austen': 'The portrait of Austen that emerges is sparklingly multi-faceted, catching the light in intriguing ways ... her Jane is far less likely to go for a quiet walk in the garden than she is to be whisked into town in search of a velvet cushion, a necklace or a smart new dress' Mail on Sunday 'Engaging, compelling, a delightful and engrossing book. Of course we all know that the "real" Jane Austen will forever be a mystery, but most 21st century Janeites will adore this one. Byrne's passion is nothing if not persuasive' Sunday Times 'Brilliantly illuminating ... riveting. By focusing, chapter by chapter, on one thread or another of Austen's experience, Byrne allows us to grasp the richness of her inner life' Simon Callow, Guardian