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Becoming Belle

Becoming Belle is a witty and inherently feminist novel about passion and marriage, based on a true story of an unstoppable woman ahead of her time in Victorian London.
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 that tried to tear her down.
With only her talent, charm, and determination, Isabel moves to London alone at age nineteen, changes her name to Belle, and takes the city by storm, facing unthinkable hardships as she rises to fame. A true bohemian and the star of a dancing double act she performs with her sister, she reigns over The Empire Theatre and The Corinthian Club, where only select society entertains. It is there she falls passionately in love with William, Viscount Dunlo, a young aristocrat. For Belle, her marriage to William is a dream come true, but his ruthless father makes clear he'll stop at nothing to keep her in her place.
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.

Irish Book Awards

The short story Consolata, from Nuala's latest collection Joyride to Jupiter, has been shortlisted for The WRITING.IE Short Story of the Year 2017.
The winner will be announced at a gala event Tuesday 28th November.

Publishing Day in Belfast

Nuala will talk about her journey to getting published as part of the Publishing Day as the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. The event was run by the Irish Writers Centre in association with Queen's University Belfast, and also featured Brian Langan (editor), Faith O'Grady (Literary Agent) and Jim Meredith (Publicist).

Dublin Book Festival

Nuala will be in converstion with Dave Kenny as part of the Dublin City Public Libraries Readers Day at the Dublin Book Festival.

Strokestown Irish Women in Literature

Nuala will take part in Irish Women in Literature event in Strokestown Park.

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