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Georgette Heyer Week

Georgette Heyer 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

7 comments on “Georgette Heyer Week

  1. Amy Street
    November 16, 2014

    How great to see! For any tweeters amongst the Heyer fans, I do a daily quotation from Georgette Heyer which can brighten up your twitter feed. Find it here: @georgettedaily.
    There are no attributions either, so if you’re a full-blown Heyer nerd, you get to try and guess which book it comes from.

  2. Lori Dowell Helms
    November 16, 2014

    I’ve been a fan of Heyer for 32 years! This sounds like a lot of fun, and I’ll be checking in each day to see what’s being said. Thanks for doing this!

  3. Miranda Spatchurst
    November 17, 2014

    Probably worth commenting that her husband retrained as a barrister and had quite a lucrative career at the bar in later life?

  4. Jackie
    November 17, 2014

    Ah, I read that he became a barrister, but didn’t know how successful he was. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. Ann
    November 18, 2014

    I always love to read what others think about one of my favourite authors who is a great solice in times of stress

  6. John Jackson
    November 21, 2014

    I was brought up on Georgette Heyer!! Dad was a fan, so passed them on to me.
    My 3 favourites? An Infamous Army, The Spanish Bride and Frederica. All deeply satisfying reads.

  7. Jennifer
    November 30, 2014

    Such great posts and I love the choice of books. The Talisman Ring is a personal favourite and I can never get over the ease with which Heyer penned so many brilliant novels. Incredible to think that 40 years after her death she’s still selling well all over the world!

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