This is the story of Dido Belle, a mixed race slave girl introduced into 18th century British society and raised as an aristocrat. Now it’s movie with Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, scheduled to open May 2, 2014. Based on a true story, Paula Byrne writes this nicely reviewed biography and movie tie in.
“Byrne brings to this brief history an eye for telling details of daily life, slaveholders’ unthinkable cruelty, and the fervent work of a few good men and women who changed their world.”
Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice (9780062310774) by Paula Byrne. $14.99 trade paper. 4/29/14 on sale.