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To whoever recommended Georgette Heyer - THANK YOU!

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BellaBearisWideAwake Tue 30-Nov-10 14:50:19

Picked up 'Friday's Child' today in waterstones and it's fab. Just the kind of book I needed.

So thank you whoever said to read them

thumbwitch Tue 30-Nov-10 14:51:50

Oh are you sucked in? Welcome to the club! I love it - have all her books. So glad they periodically re-issue them - I was missing 3 of her murder-mysteries but have the lot now.

BelligerentGhoul Tue 30-Nov-10 14:51:52

I started reading them after a rec on here too. I absolutely loved the first few I read but then gave up on them, as they got quite samey.

Having said that, they are great for reading in the bath when you're too tired to think.

BellaBearisWideAwake Tue 30-Nov-10 14:52:38

'too tired to think' - EXACTLY. And too pregnant as well.

pinkhebe Tue 30-Nov-10 14:55:23

They are just fab

SarfEasticated Tue 30-Nov-10 15:02:14

I love them, and think they are just as good as Jane Austen. The Grand Sophy is my favourite.

BelligerentGhoul Tue 30-Nov-10 16:33:22

After the first one i read, my comment on here iirc was that it was like a cross between Jane Austen and Enid Blyton. They are deffo not a patch on Austen - but they serve a different purpose, I think.

thumbwitch Tue 30-Nov-10 16:35:58

They're more entertaining than Jane Austen and the heroines are mostly infinitely more likeable. Some of Austen's heroines just need a good slap! Emma, anyone?

I love the Grand Sophy - she is brilliant. Although not for marrying her cousin. Even though it is allowed and all that.

SarfEasticated Tue 30-Nov-10 16:59:28

I read of all of them when I was a teenager, gave me a rather unrealistic idea of relationships. The Margate boys weren't very interested in me "dimpling prettily".
grin

BellaBearisWideAwake Tue 30-Nov-10 17:11:16

I am going to have to start googling some of the vocabulary - why is a lady's maid called an abigail, for instance?

So far, Viscount Sheringham has married an impoverished girl on a whim, and I suspect it is all about to Blow Up In His Face. But I also suspect that by the end of it he may well Fall In Love With The Waif.

BellaBearisWideAwake Tue 30-Nov-10 17:12:34

aha. something to do with abigail in teh bible.

SarfEasticated Tue 30-Nov-10 17:37:41

Other words/phrases I like

Nonesuch
"the cut direct'
Haute ton
high dudgeon

BellaBearisWideAwake Tue 30-Nov-10 17:39:02

high dudgeon is one I think I will have to start working into conversation. Probably to describe DS's toddler tantrums.

SarfEasticated Tue 30-Nov-10 17:49:33

There is a toddler in The Grand Sophy who forget his dignity in park when faced with a big dog. Made me laugh out loud when I read it.

GH books are something my (UK) mother and (NZ) MIL had in common, was a great icebreaker when they first met.

I would go so far as to say that if someone likes GH that they are a good egg in my book!

Takver Tue 30-Nov-10 18:40:03

They're fantastic, aren't they. The Grand Sophy is one of my favourites - the others being These Old Shades, and Devil's Cub (both of which are also laugh out loud funny). Oh, and maybe Black Sheep too

StantonLacy Tue 30-Nov-10 19:46:40

Ah, Georgette Heyer, my favourite!

I too, am a big fan of The Grand Sophy (can you tell ? wink)

Another fantastic one is Sylvester, I think I've read it about ten times and it still never fails to make me laugh.

I couldn't really warm to the detective style ones - Envious Casca etc, but the reissued covers were sooo gorgeous I couldn't resist buying a few!

But the regency ones are just the best...why on earth the BBC haven't decided to make some of them into high gloss TV treats is beyond me..I mean, wouldn't Richard Armitage be just perfect as Worth in Regency Buck ???!![insert salacious grin emoticon here]

BellaBearisWideAwake Tue 30-Nov-10 19:49:21

I can see I will have to read Grand Sophy.

Excellent grin

CDMforever Tue 30-Nov-10 20:49:15

Have been meaning to read Georgette Heyer ever since I was informed she wrote a book called "Arabella" DD's name!
Which is a good GH to start with, if not Arabella??

StantonLacy Tue 30-Nov-10 21:06:18

Oooh, Regency Buck is a great one to start with in my opinion. It's always the one I lend to friends to get them addicted and it generally works! The only thing that seems to put people off is the boxing bit near the start (no spoilers, promise!) but to be honest, I always skip that bit when I re read anyway blush It is brilliant, though. Romance, humour, intrigue and lots and lots of period detail.

Has anyone else got the Georgette Heyer companion book, published a few years ago ? It's full of facts and illustrations to do with all things Heyer. I remember first reading about one of her heroines wearing "half boots of orange jean" and thinking "eh?!!!", but luckily this book clarifed regency fashion matters for me....a nice warm pelisse would be perfect in this weather!

Venetia is great, as are Black Sheep and the Grand Sophy. I've also got a soft spot for Frederica.....oh, god...you'll love them all! (apart from Spanish Bride, if I'm picky....)grin

Beattiebow Tue 30-Nov-10 21:10:22

I love Devil's Cub! fab books! Vidal - there's a hero!

Also like Regency Buck, Frederica, oh lots

I have marychalloner as a nickname I think..

MrsTedHughes Tue 30-Nov-10 21:11:19

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MaryChalloner Tue 30-Nov-10 21:12:07

here I am!

AitchTwoOh Tue 30-Nov-10 21:13:43

oh i MUST re read these, i adored them when i was a nipper.

AitchTwoOh Tue 30-Nov-10 21:15:09

oh i MUST re read these, i adored them when i was a nipper.

angechica Tue 30-Nov-10 21:18:26

Anya Seton anyone?

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