(a) A Great Beauty - A. O'Connor

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Bestselling author of By Royal Appointment

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It is 1920 and, as the War of Independence rages throughout Ireland, 

Michael Collins is the most wanted man in the British Empire. He lives 

a life in hiding, conducting guerrilla warfare, outsmarting the 

authorities, a figure of mystery and intrigue. Very few know even what 

he looks like. He occasionally finds rest and comfort with the family 

of Kitty Kiernan, his best friend’s sweetheart.

Then Michael finds himself falling in love with the complex and 

enigmatic Kitty.

 

Lady Hazel Lavery, wife of famous artist Sir John Lavery, is 

considered the most beautiful and charming society hostess in London. 

An American of Irish descent, haunted by a tragic past, she sets out 

to use her friendships with men like Winston Churchill to bring peace 

to Ireland.

 

When Michael, recently engaged to Kitty, arrives in London as part of 

the Irish peace delegation, he finds himself the centre of intense 

public fascination. Hazel Lavery takes Michael under her wing and 

navigates him through London high society. They form a close bond and 

soon are engulfed in rumours of an affair and accusations that Michael 

has been seduced by the glamour of London and by Hazel. Kitty all but 

despairs at the situation but is determined to fight for him.

 

After the infamous Anglo-Irish Treaty, Ireland veers towards civil war.

As Michael, Hazel and Kitty arrive in Dublin that fateful week in 

August 1922,

the war is at its zenith – and this love triangle is about to

implode with devastating results.

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