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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
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...
Published on 3 Feb 2007 by Jennifer McHugh

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2.0 out of 5 stars ffound the book rather tedious and long drawn out. wanted to skip pages to get it over with. not miss Heyers best.f
Not Miss Heyers best book, rather long drawn out and tedious. Wanted to skip pages just to get to th end.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 3 Feb 2007
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Jennifer McHugh (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Corinthian (Paperback)
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
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This review is from: The Corinthian (Paperback)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Two people set out to escape from their respective relations, 23 Jan 2001
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This review is from: The Corinthian (Paperback)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars ffound the book rather tedious and long drawn out. wanted to skip pages to get it over with. not miss Heyers best.f, 28 April 2014
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Not Miss Heyers best book, rather long drawn out and tedious. Wanted to skip pages just to get to th end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ, 7 April 2014
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l have lots of Georgette Heyer books. , they are such a great read and sometimes so funny l laugh out loud.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book, 4 Mar 2014
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Georgette Heyer's book are great and a fascinating read. I have added this one to my collection, but have not had time to read it yet. I am sure it will be up to her usual wonderful standard.
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