A Type of Beauty is the story of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882). Beautiful, sassy Kate’s love affair with French artist James Tissot scandalises Victorian London.
Her family background is Irish, Catholic, medical. Aged 17 she is outraged at being forced into an arranged marriage but travels to India to marry a doctor she’s never met; she ends up back in London with an unconsummated marriage, a pending divorce and pregnant by a captain in the Bengal Cavalry. Despite being shunned by society, she never gives up hope of finding happiness which she does in Paris when she meets the sensually, mysterious French artist. But hiding past secrets from each other, their love is complicated until honesty and destiny step in.
A sweeping story set in London, Agra, Bombay and Paris, A Type of Beauty is a psychological portrait, exploring the forces of love versus Society. Its pages bring to life the sights, scents and emotional landscape of the Victorian era.
Praise for A Type of Beauty:
A Type of Beauty is Editor’s Choice and ‘highly recommended’ by Historical Novel Review; and nominated for the Historical Novel Society Award.
‘Patricia O’Reilly renders the emotional landscape of the Victorian era with a sharp wit and vivid imagination and creates the fascinating character of Kathleen Newton with the subtlety of an artist’s palette. Highly recommended.’
‘In this one of the great romances of the Victorian era, Patricia O’Reilly has brought to live a past that is at once vivid and utterly credible. A joy to read’ – Christine Dwyer Hickey
‘Patricia O’Reilly has woven a truly intriguing story. I was fascinated by this life of an unconventional woman who lived exactly as she wanted to, despite society’s disapproval’ – Lucinda Hawksley
‘An engaging and illuminating exploration of the intersection of these Irish, English, Indian and French worlds in the intriguing, tragic and very modern relationship of Jacques Tissot and Kathleen Newton’ – Carlo Gébler
‘A beguiling tale and an imaginative melange of historical characters with a sharp insight into women’s lives…Kate’s story is most compelling and this an altogether fine literary accomplishment by Patricia O’Reilly’ – Mary Kenny.
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Five Star Review on Amazon by Mary Colgan
A really good read. Very interesting to learn read the story of such an fascinating person as Kathleen Newton. Kathleen Newton’s life is an inspiration to all women. I was enthralled from beginning to end!
About the Author
Patricia O’Reilly, a Dublin-based writer, is passionate about words. Her latest novel, ‘The Interview’ is her imagined story of what happened when Bruce Chatwin interviewed Eileen Gray in Paris in 1972. Her other novels, some translated include ‘A Type of Beauty, the story of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882’; ‘Time & Destiny’, the story of Irish Designer Eileen Gray; ‘Felicity’s Wedding’ and ‘Once Upon a Summer’. Her non-fiction books are: ‘Writing for Success’; ‘Working Mothers’; ‘Earning Your Living from Home’; ‘Writing for the Market’ and ‘Dying with Love’. She is an award-winning short story writer with stories published in magazines and anthologies.
She lectures on various aspects of writing as part of University College Dublin’s Adult Education Programme; convenes writing workshops throughout Ireland, and runs On-Line Writing Courses, as well as a providing a Tutoring and Editing service for emerging writers.
She has come the route of freelance journalism writing for The Irish Times, Independent Group, Daily Irish Mail, Image and The Gloss magazines, as well as English and American publications. Her radio work for RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM and the BBC includes documentaries, plays, short stories and Sunday Miscellany pieces.
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