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Best Georgette Heyer to start with?

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InsaneDame Fri 22-Jul-16 13:29:44

Just that really! Haven't read any before and seen her name pop up a few times so fancy trying one. Which is the best to start with?

MyKingdomForBrie Fri 22-Jul-16 13:32:30

The Grand Sophy, that's where my obsession began! Or Cotillion..

MrsHathaway Fri 22-Jul-16 13:39:14


It's kind of hard to recommend a first book, because it would be easy to just name my favourites (Civil Contract, Convenient Marriage, Devil's Cub) but they have issues which I forgive as a GH addict.

The later books are more grown up and have less creepy age differences. You might enjoy The Grand Sophy or Unknown Ajax as a good starting point.

HumphreyCobblers Fri 22-Jul-16 13:46:33

Friday's Child was my first. I still love it. I had my first ever crush on George smile

MrsHathaway Fri 22-Jul-16 13:47:54

How did I forget Friday's Child?

Yes yes yes!

InsaneDame Fri 22-Jul-16 13:49:28

So The Grand Sophy or Friday's Child?

ElspethFlashman Fri 22-Jul-16 13:55:41

Ooh or "Venetia". She was a pretty cool heroine as I recall.

Civil Contract is my favourite but yes it's a bit problematic. The main girl is terribly wet and you want to give her a good kick up the arse.

PlanBwastaken Fri 22-Jul-16 13:56:09

The Grand Sophy! Friday's Child has issues for me anyway, but you can't go wrong with Sophy (or Cotillion). Is it for yourself? I'm very jealous in that case, would love to be able to start reading her from scratch again smile

Bogoffdailymail Fri 22-Jul-16 13:58:19

These Old Shades then Devil's Cub were the first ones I read. Both a bit odd looking back but I went on to read all the rest

InsaneDame Fri 22-Jul-16 14:37:53

Yes it is for myself. I think the general consensus is The Grand Sophy so think I will go for that.

HumphreyCobblers Fri 22-Jul-16 15:20:57

The Grand Sophy is fabulous.

PlanBwastaken Fri 22-Jul-16 16:58:47

Ooh, hope you enjoy it - please report back if you're so inclined smile
There was a Georgette Heyer book club on here some years ago, it's good fun to read the threads once you've read all the books four times

TaraCarter Fri 22-Jul-16 17:01:05

It is! It's so delightfully frivolous and the titular Sophy is a protagonist you wholeheartedly like. Which is not always the case.

CMOTDibbler Fri 22-Jul-16 17:04:36

Sophy, Frederica, or Venetia for me

FreeButtonBee Fri 22-Jul-16 21:27:57

God, I love Fridays child. So sweet and I live the male characters. The grand soppy also great. And cotillion. And I do live live live Devils cub. Sigh. I may ditch my current worthy book and curl up with a favourite.

FreeButtonBee Fri 22-Jul-16 21:28:46

This is my GH bookshelf!

PolkaDotFish Sun 24-Jul-16 20:16:09

I have a GH bookshelf too! <preens>.

I would start with Arabella though, the heroine is funny and the hero is totally lovely.

PolkaDotFish Sun 24-Jul-16 20:20:17

On further examination of the evidence I retract my preening. I have only 15 items on my GH bookshelf, the shame!

PragmaticWench Sun 24-Jul-16 20:22:37

I've found my people...

PlanBwastaken Sun 24-Jul-16 20:29:16

So which is your favourite then? If I had to pick a hero, I think it would be Hugh Darracott (The Unknown Ajax) - much nicer to live with than the intense, brooding ones.

PolkaDotFish Sun 24-Jul-16 21:37:18

PlanBwastaken I can never decide between Lord Damerel and Mr Beaumaris! One is brassic but quotes poetry, is wickedly sarcastic and isn't above making advances in a bramble bush. The other is stinking rich and a total sweetie. I can see the advantages either way grin

CMOTDibbler Sun 24-Jul-16 21:56:51

It has to be Damerel for me. V intelligent, but you know you'd get ravished good and proper <swoons>

MrsHathaway Sun 24-Jul-16 22:58:42

Sherry, Rule or Vidal.

::looks at self::

::pops over to Relationships for a stern talking-to::

InsaneDame Sun 24-Jul-16 23:04:10

Which books are these favourites from?

JasperDamerel Sun 24-Jul-16 23:06:40

Venetia is my favourite. Obviously.

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