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The Corinthian

The Corinthian [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight Sunday Telegraph)

"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)

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Another wonderful Regency romance by the undisputed queen of historical novelists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402217692
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (28 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099468085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099468080
  • ASIN: B004M8S41S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 3 Feb 2007
I've read quite a few Georgette Heyer books and I have to say this is one of the best.

Sir Richard Wyndham and Pen are both about to be forced into loveless marriages when fate throws them together. Pen - an heiress travelling as a boy in disguise - and Sir Richard head off across country together where they encounter several adventures neither of them ever expected!

The Corinthian is funny, engaging and charming. A wonderful piece of escapism and I would highly recommend it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it 7 Oct 2004
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This was the first Georgette Heyer I ever read and I have now read and re-read every single one of her Regency books. The Corinthian is one of the most charming. The hero is delightful, Pen is lovely and the story is so well put together. The details in GH's books are the best bits, the language, the sense of period, the descriptions of the inns, the Bow Street Runner, the costumes - everything is so well researched and authentic - you get a real feel for the time in which it was set but it all fits very naturally around the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully funny 28 Feb 2010
By Sarah A. Brown VINE VOICE
This is perhaps the Georgette Heyer novel I've reread most often - it's definitely one of my very favourites. Like many of her stories, The Corinthian offers a rather odd take on romance. The hero is 12 years older than the heroine and the gap seems bigger still in some ways. As with some of Shakespeare's cross dressing romances, eroticism is almost an absent presence until the final chapters. Pen is dressed as a boy (as a 17 year old girl we may assume she is taken for a boy of about 15) for the entire duration of the novel and Wyndham plays the role of her tutor, uncle and trustee.

But although he is cast in the role of an authoritative surrogate parent (which might not seem on the face of it a very egalitarian move) there is still a sense of liberation for Pen in the relationship. As a `boy' (even though Wyndham knows she's a girl from the outset) she seems able to be more fully herself - to be sulky, cheeky, uninhibited and generally unladylike (eating her apple core for example). One almost, in a funny way, forgets that she is a girl - her attitude to the much more conventionally feminine Lydia is one of rather Just William-like boyish disdain. The novel lays interesting stress on the hero's lack of interest in women - until he meets androgynous Pen. Heyer's minor characters are often fun and I very much enjoyed the scenes with Cedric, a charmingly irresponsible fop.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Pen jumps out of a window into Sir Richard Wyndham's arms, who being rather disguised at the time agrees to help her escape from marriage to a fish-faced cousin. Their travels embroil them in many adventures from which it is Sir Wyndham's privelege to extract them which he does with great adroitness. But as they near their destination they both begin to realise that they need each other for more reasons than to escape the role in society their loving relations have decreed for them...
Not recommended as a first Georgette Heyer, but those of you who have grown to love her characters will enjoy meeting Pen, Richard and their friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars swoon worthy! 12 Jun 2010
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This has to be one of the most dashing of all Heyer's heros...I am, of couse, ladies, talking about Sir Richard Wyndham, Corinthian, his only vice drink, and on a night being a trifle foxed, after realsing his whole family has almost arranged a marriage between himself and Miss Brandon, he sees a pretty young girl, Penelope Creed, climbing out of a window dressed as a boy, fleeing from her own famly who also entertain ideas of her marrying her fish faced cousin.
What's a well- bred gentleman to do other than offer to escort her to where she wants to go?
What they dont plan on is stumbling into a situation, or an 'adventure' as Pen likes to call them, which takes a sinister turn. What Wyndham certainly doesn't count on is falling in love with young Pen, even if she does, for the meantime, dress like a boy.
The ending is truly delicious, with Wyndham getting some timely advice and going after Pen and making her realise he loves her as much as she does him...and so ends the book, and our hopes of ever finding a chap to live up to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, but lovely. 30 Jun 2013
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Another story of girls hiding as boys, but with a strong motivating plot. And while I really doubt the premise of "Pen's" cross-dressing being believable, the chain of events follow naturally, and if things do get a bit ridiculous, all participants act according to their character. A lighter Heyer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Social obligations getting you down? - Run away! 25 Feb 2010
Somehow the rich and worldly-wise Sir Richard has allowed himself to be nagged to the point of engagement to a cold and mercenary woman. Feeling hard-done-to and not at all sober, he happens upon a seeming-housebreaker dangling from a window at the end of bed sheet. In fact he has had the great food fortune to meet someone with a rather less conventional attitude to supposedly unavoidable obligations. Still under the influence, he yields to temptation and finds himself setting off willy nilly into the country on a preposterous mission.

As with some of Heyer's other adventure stories, as opposed to her drawing room classics, some of the plot twists are a little unlikely. But this is the point of it all! It is an enjoyable romp and you just have to go with it.
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Typical Georgette Heyer. Storyline is predictable, as all romances are, but she writes with skill and a touch of humour. I keep coming back.
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It was a good read very funny entertainment, hard to put down and l loophole Cedric. What a fun couple
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Georgette Heyer's books are always of a high standard and this one is no exception. Strong story, interesting likeable characters and a satisfactory conclusion.
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