A Type of Beauty is the dramatised account of the life of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882) whose love affair with Jacques Tissot scandalised Victorian society. A sweeping story set in London, Agra, Bombay and Paris, it brings to life the sights, scents, sounds and emotional landscape of the Victorian era.
When Kate Kelly, beautiful and feisty, travels to marry a man she has never seen, she thinks her life is over. But little does she know that it is just beginning. She end up back in London with an unconsummaged marriage, a pending divorce and prognant by a man she despises. Despite the awfullness of her situation she never loses hope that some day she will find happiness which she does in Paris when she meets sensual and mysterious French painter, Jacques Tissot. Complications test their love for each other until destiny steps in.