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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099465779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099465775
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,006 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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"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 "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." Katie Fforde "A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds." Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph

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A highly amusing and wonderfully romantic comedy of errors set in Heyer's lovingly detailed Regency England.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
Another of my favourite Heyers along with Frederica. Such an unlikely couple at the outset (just like Alverstoke and Frederica) Sylvester and Phoebe's love for each other at the end is therefore even more touching. The plot is wonderful, varied, entertaining. We go from country house, snow-bound inn, society London, the Channel, France and back to London. The period detail is immaculate as usual. It's also has funny, laugh-out-loud bits, especially featuring Sir Nugent Fotherby.

I wasn't allowed a separate review for the audio version so I will have to add this to my original review of the book...... I bought this because it was Richard Armitage and because it was much cheaper than the unabridged Heyer books I have been collecting on my iPod. Frankly the abridgedness (if that is a word)spoils it for me and I'm sorry. I love love love this story and so many great details have been left out that I am really disappointed. There are even some plot complications that don't quite fit together that well because of the cuts. One of the joys of Heyer is her attention to detail and that is what I have particularly enjoyed whilst listening to the books in full and glorious unabridged pleasure. I knew I was taking a chance and whilst the lovely Richard does a great job I'm afraid I won't be buying any more abridged Heyer even though he is doing a shortened version of Venetia (another of my favourites) which is coming out soon....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann on 17 Aug 2009
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The combination of Regency Romance Queen Georgette Heyer's classic novel Sylvester and the velvet voiced actor Richard Armitage is irresistable. I dare anyone not to be captivated!

Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle was originally published in 1957, and is one of Georgette Heyer's more popular Regency novels. The wealthy, arrogant and pragmatic Sylvester Rayne, the Duke of Salford, in his twenty-eight year has taken it upon himself to marry, much to the surprise of his widowed mother, producing a short-list of five suitable debutantes that meet his exacting standards. However, among the list of beautiful and accomplished young women she does not see her first choice, the Hon Phoebe Marlow, granddaughter of his godmother Lady Ingham. Sylvester travels to London to consult Lady Ingham, but he is put off by her inelegant attempt to fix the match solely based on the fact that her daughter, Phoebe's mother, and his mother were best friends. Meanwhile, word reaches Phoebe's spiteful stepmother that the Duke of Salford will shortly make an offer for her hand and commands her to accept. Horrified, Phoebe is also put off by the reasons for the alliance and her memory of the cold, proud Duke of Salford from her London season. When they are formally introduced she is shy and dull, and he is unimpressed. In a panic, Phoebe runs away to London, and the sanctuary of Lady Ingham, escorted by her childhood friend Tom Orde. A carriage accident interrupts their journey happened upon by Sylvester who thinks he has discovered a runaway marriage in progress. When a snow storm traps them all together at the local Inn, Sylvester begins to see that Phoebe is actually quite intelligent and interesting, and not at all the young woman of his first impression.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Simpson on 20 July 2006
Format: Paperback
One of Georgette Heyers best. I loved this book. I must have read it about 50 times, and each time I read it it's like the first time. I still get such a joy out of it. It is funny, and very romantic. There's adventure and mystery. In short, it has everything. There's nobody like Georgette Heyer for creating romantic Regency comedy, and her command of English, and the way it was spoken in Regency days is fantastic.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Elina H. on 3 Nov 2006
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Georgette Heyer is in my opinion unsurpassed as an author of Regency period romances. She knows the period detail in and out, and the reader is never disturbed by anachronisms in dress, behaviour, manners, attitudes, or embarrassed by faulty use of titles etc. The persons are allowed to speak for themselves and to show what kind of people they are, instead of the author spelling it out to her audience. The text is intelligent, the persons psychologically coherent, the ever-lurking humour delicious. The protagonists tend to be people you would want to know, and they are surrounded by people who in themselves are worth a tale, who live their own lives, and never make the reader to think that the person has only been invented to add humour or suspense to the plot.

This is what one has learned to expect from a book by Georgette Heyer. "Sylvester" is all this and more. The book is hilariously funny, romantic, even touching in a subtle way. Phoebe and Sylvester are not your typical love-story heroine and hero; both have their better and worse sides, as we people tend to have, and some of Sylvester's character-traits are downright unsympathetic (he is at least partially redeemed during the story). Although neither of them is perfect, you find yourself to be completely on their side. Is this because of the humour they both have, or is it because they, in spite of their imperfections, so thoroughly deserve to be happy and to have each other? Or is it because they, imperfect as they are, are so very life-like? One can't imagine their future life to have been mere bliss; rather one sees them as quarrelling the next forty years in perfect amity.
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