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Georgette Heyer
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6 Oct 2005

Affairs of honour between bucks and blades, rakes and rascals; and affairs of the heart between heirs and orphans, beauties and bachelors; romance, intrigue, escapades and duels at dawn: all the gallantry, villainy and elegance of the age that Georgette Heyer has so triumphantly made her own are exquisitely revived in these eleven stories of the Regency.

Georgette Heyer's historical accuracy and eye for a wonderful story of romance is unequalled, and in Pistols For Two we can see the skills which won her a devoted audience that continues to this day.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009947638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099476382
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

"Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone" (Diane Pearson)

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)

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A peerless collection of romantic tales from one of our best-known and beloved historical novelists.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When I first got hold of this book I was surprised to find that it was a book of short stories, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it. How wrong I was!
The book was first published in 1960 so it’s one of Heyer’s later books, and that shows in the range of characters and ages that she portrays in these short stories. Each story works brilliantly on its own as a story – although short, they never feel rushed or incomplete. The range of characters is as broad as ever, including some young heroines and one who is in her thirties. Her heroes tend to be the usual ones – dashing, handsome, rich gentlemen who are excellent horsemen. And yet there are a couple of stories in there which seem a little more unusual – my particular favourite is Hazard where Lord Carlington wins his friend’s half-sister during a night of gaming and finds himself with her in an Inn the following morning, having just inserted the notice of his engagement to another woman in the papers. Of course things work out well (they always do in Heyer’s books, which is what I like so much about them) but it’s how these resolutions are brought about that make these stories such fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort reading 24 Dec 2009
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I first read this book about 35 years ago and found when I re-read it recently that I could still remember some of the stories. I loved the characters, the witty dialogue and the way the problem is resolved in just a few pages. My particular favourites are `Pink Domino' and a `A Husband for Fanny', though all the stories are lovely to read. They have the same flavour as most of Heyer's full length novels, especially those set in the Regency period.

If you are not sure about reading Georgette Heyer then start with this collection since each story can be read in about 20 minutes. If you like them, try her novels. These stories have the real feel good factor - like curling up with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of wine on a cold winter's day. Bliss!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Diversion 6 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book from Georgette Heyer has 11 short stories covering her usual styles from funny to romantic. They leave you laughing one minute and anxious the next. Pistols for Two is ideal when you have only a short time to spare, such as waiting for an appointment or on the train going home, the stories can be read fairly quickly. The only problem I found with some of the stories is that the characters lack depth and plots were a bit thin, but considering the length of each story that is the price that has to be paid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Story Surprise 26 Sep 2012
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I was initially disappointed that 'Pistols for Two' was not another full length novel but a collection of short stories. This was not made clear when puchasing.
At first I found each story unsatisfactory as the plots seemed flimsy and the characters undeveloped .However it is possible to see where these themes have been later developed into full novels. In fact it was fun to spot where characters in the short stories reappear under different guises in the novels. So an interesting addition to my G. Heyer collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I first got hold of this book I was surprised to find that it was a book of short stories, and I wasn't sure if I would like it. How wrong I was!

The book was first published in 1960 so it's one of Heyer's later books, and that shows in the range of characters and ages that she portrays in these short stories. Each story works brilliantly on its own as a story - although short, they never feel rushed or incomplete. The range of characters is as broad as ever, including some young heroines and one who is in her thirties. Her heroes tend to be the usual ones - dashing, handsome, rich gentlemen who are excellent horsemen. And yet there are a couple of stories in there which seem a little more unusual - my particular favourite is Hazard where Lord Carlington wins his friend's half-sister during a night of gaming and finds himself with her in an Inn the following morning, having just inserted the notice of his engagement to another woman in the papers. Of course things work out well (they always do in Heyer's books, which is what I like so much about them) but it's how these resolutions are brought about that make these stories such fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you ask for? 8 July 2014
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A wonderful collection of short stories from the regency era. Bringing to life all the restrictions and etiquette of this period in history, written with wit and humour, quite easy to read. As usual with Georgette Heyer books her knowledge of the time and her style of writing make this a very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Georgette Heyerdahl regency stories 5 May 2014
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I love all Heyer's books and this was up to her usual excellent standard. Never get tired of reading her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORIES 7 April 2014
By MRS B
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Lots of great short stories.... just grab a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy the thrills and romance ...... love G Heyer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer
Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
Published 5 months ago by Zarrina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Stories Collection
I am a huge fan of Georgette Heyer & wasn't disappointed with this short story collection. At first I felt reading through the stories they were kind of blurring into one so maybe... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janet Sherriff
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN BOOK
FORGOT IT WAS SHORT STORIES BUT ENJOYED IMMENSELY ANYWAY! GEORGETTE HEYER IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE NOVELISTS, I LOVE HER ROMANCES BUT HER HISTORICAL AND DETECTIVE NOVELS JUST AS... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Frances Pelkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly different style, I like it!
Georgette Heyer has a distinctive style which I enjoy reading, this book deviates from her other books a little but is still a good read.
Published 12 months ago by Celia Aynsley
2.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
These are very different from the usual GH books as they are short stories and the characters are not developed as they are in the novels.
Published 13 months ago by Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Messy
Did not realise was a collection of small stories, that didn't seem to finish, some could have gone on longer.
Published 15 months ago by madcapbears
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer
I have read these books time and time again. It seems that not only do I have my books but also my Kindle.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. S. Durden
5.0 out of 5 stars love this
as with all GH books, just fabulous! well rounded characters, good storyline. I have loved everthing so far GH has written.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pistols for Two - Georgette Heyer
My existing Heyer books have been re-read so many times they are falling apart so I was particularly pleased to find this edition with it's good sized print and attractive cover.
Published 17 months ago by Jo Ardley
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic fiction.
I have been a Georgette Heyer fan for around 40 years, but I would be the first to admit that condensing an already hard-to-believe tale into a shortened version makes it less... Read more
Published 18 months ago by JJ
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