HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Georgette Heyer, born 16 August 1902
“It was growing late, and though one might stand on the brink of a deep chasm of disaster, one was still obliged to dress for dinner.”
Like many people, I read the Regency novels of Georgette Heyer as a teenager. I loved them, but I then moved on to other authors and for a long time looked back on them as delightful teenage reading. However, in a library one day I picked up an audio version of Frederica and listened to that while driving my car. I was utterly enchanted! I have since read and re-read all of her Regency novels with huge pleasure. There are fantastic audio versions available from libraries – try some of my special favourites, Arabella, Sylvester, Friday’s Child, Regency Buck, These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub.
Georgette Heyer was meticulous in her research of the Regency era, hilarious in her use of Regency slang, and she wrote superbly crafted and wickedly funny novels. They are essential reading for anyone interested in the Regency period, and wonderfully satisfying romances. You might also like to try some of her murder mysteries – they are fun to read, though somewhat dated now. And I can strongly recommend Jennifer Kloester’s new biography of Georgette Heyer.
As she aged, Georgette Heyer began to suffer frequent health problems and died on 4 July 1974, aged 71.
Did you grow up reading Georgette Heyer’s novels as I did, or discovered them lately? Tell me in the comment area below.
Georgette Heyer: Complete to a Shade by Susannah Fullerton, Amanda Jones and Joanna Penglase
The Biography of a Best Seller: Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer
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