A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
Because most of the Foxes are fans, we decided to devote an entire week to this author, perusing a number of her novels and subjects connected with her.
Ms. Heyer was a very prolific author, writing romance, mysteries, historical fiction, book reviews and thrillers. She was born in London to accomplished parents(her mother was a musician) and spent part of her childhood in France. One of her brothers was often ill, so teenaged Georgette would entertain him with a long, continuing story, which eventually became her first published book, The Black Moth. She met her husband on vacation with her family, where they were dance partners and married after he graduated and became a mining engineer. This job took meant many overseas postings and sometimes she would accompany him, living for awhile in Tanganyika and Macedonia. They returned to England and her husband soon opened a sports shop which was only moderately successful, so for most of their married lives, Heyer provided most of their income. And unlike modern authors, she refused to do interviews and other publicity, considering publicity unnecessary for sales.
She often published two books per year and most of them are still in print today, proof of her enduring popularity. So the Foxes had an abundance to choose from, some old favorites being reread and at least one was a new experience for the reader. Do join us as we celebrate this well loved author in Georgette Heyer Week on VL.
Monday- Kate thinks The Talisman Ring is a ‘Best Of’ Heyer novel.
Tuesday- Jackie is introduced to the author via Faro’s Daughter.
Wednesday- Leena reads Black Sheep and ponders on the nature of Heyer’s romantic heroes.
Thursday- Hilary on recommending Regency Buck to a (male) turnpike expert
Friday- Kirsty M reveals her favourite Heyer novel
There is quite an emotional range in this week's reading by the Bookfoxes - from amazement tinged with inadequacy on Monday to disappointment on Friday, via a sense of unease.
Monday: Hilary, who cannot put two stitches into a piece of canvas without creating a hole and several knots, is amazed almost beyond description by the V&A's latest exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery - and has bought the book to prove it.
Wednesday: Kirsty D is unsettled by Deborah Levy's Hot Milk.
Friday: Simon learns to deal with disappointment - with The Eyre Affair.