- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; 1st Paperback edition (7 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099478722
- ISBN-13: 978-0099478720
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Georgette Heyer's Regency World Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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"An invaluable guide for all Heyer fans, old and new" (Good Book Guide)
"Detailed, informative ... impressively researched. A Heyer lover writing for Heyer fans" (Times Literary Supplement)
"This fascinating book is a must for Heyer devotees" (Image Magazine)
"An invaluable guide to the world of the bon ton. No lover of Georgette Heyer's novels should be without it" (Katie Fforde)
"A definitive guide to the people, places and society of her novels" (Bookseller)
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Most of the information is referenced to one or more of Heyer's Regency novels. The only down side as far as I am concerned is that it only covers the Regency novels and some of my particular favourites were set in the eighteenth century, but as a companion to the Regency novels alone this is excellent.
The book contains a historical timeline of events from the start of the Georgian era to the end of the Regency - which is useful. There are also brief plot summaries of the 26 Regency novels. I found the book revived happy memories of reading Georgette Heyer's novels and I have gone back to re-reading them all with pleasure. It is written in an accessible style and is very enjoyable to read - I recommend it.
Aimed at Heyer fans, with constant references back to characters in Georgette Heyer novels, it's also going to appeal to Austen fans and general readers alike. I found it fascinating to read about the different layers in upper class society and the finer points of etiquette and moral standards. I'd always wondered what the differences were between fops and bucks and dandys, and I had never had any idea at all of what a nonpareil was! It's interesting too to read about the details of the London Season - the most fashionable places to be seen, who would be invited to what, and in particular to read about the most exclusive establishment of Almack's and the highly sought after vouchers for visiting there.
You'll find a wealth of easily accessible information packed into these pages and it's sure to help enhance the enjoyment of all Regency novels, not just Georgette Heyer's. One very small gripe would be that there are the odd occasions in the book where I would have liked a footnote or reference to where the information had come from. An impressively researched and readable reference book.
I get questions all the time from people who want to write Regency novels and are looking for a good overall book to guide them, and from others who want to know more about the REgency and Georgian world which Heyer inhabited for her unique Drawing Room romantic/comedies. Generally I give them an outline of a series of books which they could read which will give them some background, but there has never been a truly comprehensive book which is both academic, readable, spefcific to the period and general enough to cover everything but still give a confident grasp of detail. This book finally does and well done to Kloester for acheiving that.
Her chapter summaries at the start give you a very good idea of the information covered so you are able to go to what you want immediately - chapters include Up and down the social ladder, Town and country, Man's world, Gentle Sex, on the town, Pleasure haunts, Fashionable resorts, Getting about, What to Wear, Shopping, Eat, Drink and be merry, Sporting life, Business and the military, whos who in the Regency includes extremely useful appendixes such as glossary of cant terms, newspapers and magazines, book in heyer, timeline, reading about REgency, where to go next and so forth with some excellent references for easy access - I was also flattered to find my own website in the www addresses so thanks for that too Jennifer.
I was surprised to see a reviewer saying that there was no new information in this.Read more ›
An excellent addition to guides about the Regency.
There are plenty of contemporary illustrations available, for instance in Ackermann's Repository, which could have given accurate and diverse pictures of life in Regency England; instead, this book is illustrated with poor-quality line-drawings with no reference to source material so that the reader cannot know whether they are copied, traced or just imagined.
This isn't a work of scholarship. It might be useful as a collation of information derived from other reference books, but most of this would be available on the internet. I donated my copy to the church fete.
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A great companion book for lovers of Georgette Heyer and the Regency period. It also makes a good read in its own right, guiding you through the life and times of late Georgian... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Richard Sharples
Not as informative as I'd have liked. More detailed illustrations and explanations would have been better.Published 5 months ago by ej
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was going through a Regency period and this helped understand that world.Published 8 months ago by Dawn Scrivens
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