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Vulpes Random: Everything you need to know about Georgette Heyer’s novels

Heyer 1My younger daughter, aged 18 and a half, has just fallen headlong into Georgette Heyer, and is spending her summer browsing my collection. Occasionally she reports back to me, in passing on the stairs or by Skype messaging if I’m not on the spot precisely when she wants to Tell Me What She Thinks. (For example, she hates the emotional abuse in Bath Tangle, but loves Freddy in Cotillion.) She’s using this really excellent online guide to the plots from Tor, an emporium of science and fantasy reading and games. Heyer is absolutely a fantasy novelist, so I can see the connection, even if she’s writing about landaulets rather than elvish lore.

The author of the Tor synopses, Mari Ness, writes with a deep knowledge of the plots, Heyer’s life trajectory, and the historical and literary contexts. She’s also a damn good writer herself, so this is a double treat: a reliable and quick assessment of each of the novels, by someone who understands literature as well as the needs of the Heyer reader. Do jump in, the water’s lovely.

About Kate

Writer, reviewer, literary historian and publisher at Also a Bath Quaker.

4 comments on “Vulpes Random: Everything you need to know about Georgette Heyer’s novels

  1. Khaled syfullah
    August 21, 2016

    I love to read Heyer’s writing..Going to dive in the nice water as you mentioned

  2. Leena
    August 26, 2016

    Freddy in Cotillion ❤ ❤ ❤

    Has she read The Foundling yet? Obviously not one of Heyer’s best, but Gilly might possibly be my favourite hero of all time.

  3. Kate
    September 3, 2016

    Leena, she hasn’t, because she’s developed a loathing for stupid blonde heroines with no brains and good looks.

  4. eahad
    September 16, 2016

    Reblogged this on Nowhere in Particular RA and commented:
    a rare audible pleasure,for RA’s supporters.

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