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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474395
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,519 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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"One of Heyer's most entertaining reads" Good Book Guide "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" -- India Knight "Sparkling" Independent "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 "With a Georgette Heyer you don't buy a book, you buy a world. If it suits you, you settle down forever" Time Magazine

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A witty and enthralling Regency romance by one of the best-known and most beloved historical novelists.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Looser on 11 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I love Georgette Heyer's books, both for their witty humour and their believable, well thought out characters. The Talisman Ring has to be one of the best and certainly one of the funniest. The story is of a young man in search of the ring of the title, which he can use to clear his name and claim back his inheritance from his evil cousin Basil. In this he is aided by his French cousin Eustacie, who is engaged to his other cousin Tristram. Neither of them want the marriage and their two separate romances develop with that unique blend of charm and wit that Georgette Heyer does so well.
Add in a bumbling Excise man, a London dandy and a pack of smugglers and you have one of the best books written by an inimitable author.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 2001
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This was my first Georgette Heyer book - since then I have gone on to seek out the entire collection ! It is full of romantic twists and wicked humour, especially from the grim Sir Tristram and his outrageously innocent young cousin Eustacie. A wistful tale of the lost era of the smugglers - watch out for the bewildered heroine Sarah Thane and the dashing 'missing' heir to Lavenham, the famed smuggler, Ludovic ! This captivating style reflects in all her books and I advise you to read them all !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 26 Mar 2004
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The Talisman Ring is an hilarious book with a complicated, preposterous plot and a wonderful cast of characters. This audio version is beautifully well read by Phyllida Nash,who makes the characters come alive. The book has Heyer's two most delightful heroines, romantic impulsive Eustacie, permanenelty aggrieved because her unromantic reluctant fiancee declines to ride ventre a terre to her death bed, and the splendidly unflappable Mis Thane, who takes everything in her stride. The outrageous plot involves murder, smuggling, a missing heirloom, and skullduggery of all kinds. The funniest character in the book is Sir Hugo Thane, who remains oblivious to the complex goings-on around him, his only interest is the brandy in the cellar (smuggled of course). phyllida Nash manages to make him even funnier than he is in the book, especially in the most hilarious scene of all, where Miss Thane lures the Bow Street runners into believeing she is the fugitive Ludovic Lavenham in disguise. the subsequent cross-purpose conversation between the runners and Sir Hugo, outraged and baffled by their assault on his sister, had me in hysterics. Phyllida Nash does full justice to Heyer's most entertaining book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Publica on 14 Nov 2008
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One of Heyer's best books: full of action, hilarious dialogues and an element of slapstick comedy that makes you giggle all along. In this aspect the book is similar to Grand Sophie or Arabella - just better and funnier.
If you need something to cheer you up on a rainy grey day, then this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader's Voice on 4 Jun 2010
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The cover text, or product description, really doesn't capture how funny this book is, nor how exciting. The story is light and with just the right touch of mystery and adventure, but it is really the outrageously funny dialogue that makes this book one of my favourite - not just of GH's books, but of all books ever written! The spark comes from the two heroines' passion for romance and adventure, and their determination to have both. The young hero Ludovic is just what they've been after, and even level-headed Sir Tristram is drawn into their scheme, albeit reluctantly. But he proves just the man to allow for the best slap-stick humour I've read in a long time, and I laughed so hard and so often that my dog kept barking at me, wondering if I had lost my mind. I hadn't, I was simply having a really good time reading a really funny book. If you like the dialogue in Gilmore Girls, this book is definitely for you, too. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FantasyWriter on 5 Jan 2014
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This christmas has seen two bad cold bugs which resulted in sufficient brain fog to mean that I turned to the sort of books one reads when one is indisposed. Good, old fashioned ripping yarns of byronic heroes and strong-willed heroines, romance, mystery, derring-do. I found this book again which I first discovered, rooting about as a teenager in my mother's collection of "horrid" novels (horrid, you understand, in the regency sense of the word). The Talisman Ring is not the best known of Hayer's works, but should be - it is a delightful tale set in the late 18th Century which blends the moods of the Scarlet Pimpernel - rescued French aristocrats, daring fugitive gentleman-smugglers, highjacks and capers, and a liberal dash of comedy and romance. It is what other regency authors aspire to, and what sets Hayer's writing apart from the rest is her attention to historical detail, slang, and manners of the age. My favourite character is the long suffering Sir Tristan, who manages his profligate and romantically inclined cousins with aplomb and discovers that he is not entirely insensible to a little romance and adventure himself. Hayer's characters are vividly drawn, the piece superbly located on the Sussex smuggler's coast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 24 Nov 2010
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A foreign heiress about to be left without a guardian, a lonely inn upon a woodland path, smugglers and excisemen, the sad history of the fallen lord and a mystical talisman ring...

What does this story not have to offer? It's got all the right ingredients plus a huge scoop of romance and humour thrown in, which all adds up to one of the fantastically addictive Georgette Heyer's best novels. This was one of the first of her stories that I read, and I've since gone back to it quite a few times and am never disappointed.
It's not only that the story is so good - fast, funny and romantic, with all its twists and turns in the search for the talisman ring. But the characters are so memorable, too. French-born Eugenie, the reckless Ludovic, staid and sensible Tristram, Sarah Thane and her justice of the peace brother, Hugh, the inn staff and of course, the simpering Cousin Beau.

It's a wonderful historic adventure romance which will stay with you long after you discover the real truth behind the loss of the talisman ring, and you close the book. Enjoy, again and again!
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