I have a special birthday this month (the whole of the French nation celebrates my birthday) and one way in which I feel I am celebrating this ‘Big 0’ is by becoming a Lady Patroness of the newly formed International Heyer Society. The society is being launched on 1st July, 2020 (the day you receive this newsletter) and it will bring together Georgette Heyer fans from around the world. The society will publish a regular circular Nonpareil, it plans to hold a conference in Melbourne next year (to mark the centenary of Heyer’s first published novel, The Black Moth, and it will keep you informed of new books about this fabulous historical writer. To join, see https://heyersociety.com/
I first came across Georgette Heyer’s novels in my teens. As an adult reader, I have delighted in audio versions of her books, have helped organised three conferences in Sydney on her works, and also collected the diverse opinions on Heyer in the booklet Georgette Heyer: Complete to a Shade which can be purchased for $19, including postage.
Her novels are my comfort-read, they make me laugh, I adore her historical detail, and I love the romances. I am in good company when it comes to her fans – William Golding, A.S. Byatt, Margaret Drabble, Emma Darwin, Stephen Fry and the Queen are amongst her adoring readers.
To celebrate the ‘birth’ of this fabulous new literary society, I have created a virtual talk on this wonderful writer. My new, beautifully illustrated talk is Georgette Heyer – A Tour Through the World of her Regency Novels.
My 56 minute talk will take you to Bath and Brighton, to the Gentlemen’s Clubs of St James’s, to gorgeous shops and into ballrooms, with the many of the memorable characters that Heyer created. I do hope you’ll join me to learn more about this wonderful writer.
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