04 June 2009


I am now going to admit to the most unbelievable faux pas imaginable and will probably be ostracized for life but....I've never read ANY of Georgette Heyer's books *ducks* I know that she is considered one of the forefathers (or should that be foremothers?) of romance but... *hangs head*

Why have I confessed to such a heinous crime? Well....the lovely Ana of The Book Smugglers recently reviewed Frederica and it got me to thinking. As a romance reader (among other things *grin*), should I not have read at least one? (BTW, before you throw up your hands in abject horror, I have read Pride & Prejudice and so am not completely beyond the pale.) Georgette Heyer has written quite a few books (understatement of the century), so...as someone who has absolutely no idea where I should start, which of the author's many novels should I read first? Or, if you have never read a Georgette Heyer book (I can't be the only one, can I?) have you ever been tempted to try one?

And I'm also extremely honoured to have been awarded the The Literary Blogger Award by Stacy! Thank you Stacy! (((Stacy)))


  1. LOL .. you should hang your head in shame young lady! I don't think I've ever come across anyone who hasn't read at least one Georgette Heyer romance, but I'm sure there are plenty of readers out there that haven't.

    Some of my favourite GH books are These Old Shades, Arabella, The Convenient Wife, The Conqueror, Bath Tangle, Regency Buck and Sylvester

    I know GH also wrote detective novels, but I don't think I've ever read any of those. To me it's a bit like trying to read an Agatha Christie romance novel when I love her mysteries. I don't always follow an author when they swap genre.

  2. *hangs head*

    Sorry ShellBell. I know, I know...I am very naughty :) Thank you for the suggestions!

  3. *chuckle* orannia, woman, no need to feel ashamed *pointed look at ShellBell*

    I only read my first Heyer last year, and have several still in the TBR mountain range. Everyone mentions These Old Shades as a must read, but sadly it's proven impossible to find around here so far. Out of the few (three or four) I have read, the one I enjoyed the most is The Toll Gate

  4. You're not the only one orannia, no need to feel alone. I'll probably read one now though :)

  5. I think the only reason why I've read them all is because when I got interested in romance my Mum insisted that I start with Austen and Heyer.

    I've also read her detective stories. I love 'em. :)

    My fave of her historicals is "Simon the Coldheart". It has a medieval setting. Great stuff.

  6. Thank you azteclady! I have heard of These Old Shades *off to look in library catalogue*

    Mariana - I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    Ohhh, Kris I like medievals....*notes Simon the Coldheart*

  7. *raises hand in the air* Me too. :) I haven't read any Heyer yet but I recently started buying her books at the UBS. I've got 6 so far. Now to find time to read them. :)

  8. You are not alone, orannia! I'm a Heyer virgin, too. It's always been one of those "one of these days" reads. Maybe after Broken Wing . . .

  9. Orannia, there are lots of Heyer's sitting on the shelf at my house waiting for someone to come and read them.

    I have a fondness of Venetia, Arabella, Frederica and Devil's Cub (but don't start wit that one, read These Old Shades first). At least, those are the ones that first leap to mind. Also Beauvallet and Regency Buck.

  10. *raises hand* I'm guilty of not reading Heyer before. I'd never heard of her before joining the blogging world at that. Said blogging world is making The Convenient Marriage sound pretty enticing, though.

    I'd give you a link to where Sarah Monette talks about some of Heyer's novels, but... the comment box hates me. It won't let me copy the link - or in fact, use my arrow keys -, so you'll have to live without the link, I'm afraid.

  11. Join the club, Orannia. I stalled out on a Heyer, but I probably didn't give it enough of a chance. It's kind of funny, when you think everybody has read a certain series or author, and then so many people haven't.
    (Oh, I'm signed in as Little CJ, but this is Carolyn.) I know you are probably shocked we are the same person.

  12. Um I hadn’t even heard of Georgette Heyer till now. And *whispers* I haven’t read an Austin either don’t tell anyone.

    So as you can clearly see by all of these posts you aren’t alone!

  13. YAH for company in the non-Georgette Heyer reading boat *looks at CJ/Little CJ, LeeAnn, Leslie, Libitouches, Mariana, Renee*

    And don't worry, I'm not going to go all mad and suggest a Georgette Heyer Challenge - I think one challenge at a time is enough :)

    And thank you Kerry! I may have to take you up on that...at least before the end of the year. It's like you said Leslie, it's finding the time! Why can't reading be a profession?

  14. I've never read Heyer. They looked too much like Victoria Holt to suit me, whom I was, like, OVER, in 1979.

    I've tried to read Austen. I'm just a cretin about the classics, and have made my peace with that, LOL.

  15. I've not read any Heyer either. And I'm not particularly fond of Austen. LOL :) *Runs & hides*


  16. Nicola & Bookwormom - LOL! You'd in good company :)

    I'm just a cretin about the classics, and have made my peace with that, LOL.

    There are numerous classics I haven't read. I will get around to them one day, but at the moment what I want is escapism, and they can't deliver that :)

  17. *hides behind Orannia yet again* I haven't read any of her books either. *ducks back behind Orannia*

    ((Orannia)) your great as a blocker! *g*

  18. My great-aunt lent me These Old Shades when I was 16 and staying with her for a school thing; I still love it, but I'm not sure I'd love it as much if I first read it now, because it does tend more towards the melodramatic side of things (duels! cross-dressing! mysterious family secrets!). My other favourites are The Talisman Ring, which has a young melodramatic couple and an older couple with a sense of humour, and Cotillion, which is even less melodramatic again and just really nice in terms of character.

    I prefer Heyer to Austen, actually (despite multiple attempts by English lecturers to convince me otherwise), although I prefer Charlotte Bronte to both...

  19. Hey cyphomandra! *waves*

    Thank you! I really need to read at least one. Kerry has very kindly offered, so once I get my TBR list down a little I may browse her bookshelves :)