The true story of a woman ahead of her time....
In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty, dubbed 'the peasant countess' by the press, and a member of the Irish aristocracy.
Becoming Belle is the story of the four years in between, of Belle's rapid ascent and the people who tried to tear her down.
Reimagined by a novelist at the height of her powers, Belle is an unforgettable woman. Set against an absorbing portrait of Victorian London, hers is a timeless rags-to-riches story a la Becky Sharpe.
"Luminous." (Sebastian Barry)
"Incandescent characters and mellifluous prose." (Lisa Carey)
"Nuala O'Connor has the thrilling ability to step back nimbly and enter the deep dance of time. This is a hidden history laid luminously before us of an exultant Anglo-Irish woman navigating the dark shoals and the bright fields of a life." (Sebastian Barry, award-winning author of The Secret Scripture and Days Without End)
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- Brendan Harding
Great story, beautifully told.
What an interesting story. How beautifully and imaginatively written. And upon my word did not the lady who narrated the tale give a lovely account of the events. In Galway though, we pronounce it Gaul way rather than Gal way
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