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Kick - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth-logo

Kick - The True Story of Jfk's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

Paula Byrne

Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional-and nearly forgotten-young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love. Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. Moving across the Atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick-the "nicest Kennedy"-quickly became the family's star. Despite making little effort to fit into British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor. Growing increasingly independent, Kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. But the marriage would last only a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick's own unexpected death in an airplane crash at twenty-eight. Paula Byrne recounts this remarkable young woman's life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times-Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England; to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations; to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved. Sympathetic and compelling, Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family's history.

Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional-and nearly forgotten-young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love. Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. Moving across the Atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick-the "nicest Kennedy"-quickly became the family's star. Despite making little effort to fit into British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor. Growing increasingly independent, Kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. But the marriage would last only a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick's own unexpected death in an airplane crash at twenty-eight. Paula Byrne recounts this remarkable young woman's life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times-Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England; to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations; to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved. Sympathetic and compelling, Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family's history.
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Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional-and nearly forgotten-young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love. Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. Moving across the Atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick-the "nicest Kennedy"-quickly became the family's star. Despite making little effort to fit into British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor. Growing increasingly independent, Kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. But the marriage would last only a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick's own unexpected death in an airplane crash at twenty-eight. Paula Byrne recounts this remarkable young woman's life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times-Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England; to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations; to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved. Sympathetic and compelling, Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family's history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Antonia Beamish

Length:

12h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

15:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

22:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

22:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

27:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

19:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

20:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

21:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:34