A Type of Beauty

A Type of BeautyA Type of Beauty is the dramatised account of the life of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882) whose love affair with Jacques Tissot scandalised Victorian society. A sweeping story set in London, Agra, Bombay and Paris, it brings to life the sights, scents and emotional landscapes of the Victorian era.

Authors’ Endorsements:

‘Patricia O’Reilly has woven a truly intriguing story.’ Lucinda Hawksley

‘Fabulous movie potential.’ Mary Kenny

‘An engaging and illuminating exploration.’ Carlo Gebler

‘A joy to read.’ Christine Dwyer Hickey

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This is a beautifully drawn, historically accurate account of a consuming passion and unconventional love affair that resonates centuries on. Kathleen Newton’s life was short but filled with adventure and romance, and O’Reilly has skillfully joined the dots in what was one of the great love affairs of the Victorian age – Sunday Tribune, June 2010

Patricia OReilly renders the emotional landscape of the Victorian era with a sharp wit and vivid imagination and creates the fascinating character of Kate Newton with the subtlety of an artists palette. Highly recommended – Gordon O’Sullivan – Historical Novel Review, August 2010

The clash of Victorian values with the spirit of a proud young lady make for a compelling read. Patricia O’Reilly has carefully crafted into an intriguing story a mixture of fact and fiction. This is a difficult task to undertake and could only be carried off successfully by an experienced writer such as O’Reilly, whose thorough research and creativity shine through in equal measure throughout the novel – Sunday Independent, August 2010