- Get £5 off qualifying orders of £25 or more. Today only. Ts&Cs apply. Enter code BIGTHANKS at checkout. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
- Also check our best rated Romance Book reviews
- Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. E-mail after purchase. Conditions apply. Learn more
The Unknown Ajax Paperback – 6 Jan 2005
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)
"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)
Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver's brat and heir apparent.See all Product description
Customers who bought this item also bought
400 customer reviews
Review this product
Read reviews that mention
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
However due to severe arthritis it is several years since I've been able to read an actual book and it takes time and money to replace all my favourites onto Kindle. Especially as I had recently replaced all my Heyer novels in paperback. My New Year's resolution was to replace all her historical novels with Kindle editions and I am getting there. The Talisman Ring was one I had not read for some time and I had forgotten just how funny it was. The scene at the end of chapter 7 where amongst other things Sir Hugh Thane and Ludovic dispute the exact number of candles some 'fellow' shot out at Mrs Archer's has me crying with laughter. Sir Hugh is insistent that it was 15, Ludovic says 16. Sir Hugh continues to dispute this even though it was Ludovic who did the shooting. Coupled with Sir Hugh's rather cavalier attitude towards crime - housebreaking is definitely illegal and should be condemned, smuggling good brandy and Chambertin is not a crime, it is a public service! And he's a JP.
I never considered this to be a 'romance' and if you are looking for a traditional romance then The Talisman Ring will disappoint. It is a comedy of manners with a crime and murder to be solved. Set, mainly, in a country inn in Sussex there are no glamorous gowns, no balls, no morning calls; the story relies on the author's ability to keep the reader entertained without recourse to the normal 'society' doings of the Bon Ton. With such a claustrophobic background only an excellent writer can hold the reader's interest. Miss Heyer ensures there is never a dull moment. Her dialogue is superb, the relationships between the two sets of lovers well defined, as are the interlocking relationships between the landlord Nye, his barman Clem and Ludovic (they are all freetraders). Then we have the villains; Basil 'Beau' Lavenham, Ludovic's cousin and heir after the death of Sylvester the Machiavellian head of the family (and the original Beau who is affronted that the 'Beau' of today is a travesty). His valet, an oleaginous toady who does Basil's dirty work for him plus a miscellany of hired hands, Bow Street Runners whom you wouldn't trust to find a dead rat in a trap and the hard pushed revenue men. Who has sympathy for them in those times?
All contribute to the humour that runs through the book although my favourite has to be Sir Hugh whose only concern is the quality of the smuggled liquor and whether he may buy some (and that the alcohol is handled correctly). The romance between Ludovic and Eustacie, Sylvester's half French granddaughter is glaringly obvious. Both are very young and seeking adventure and it is a 'coup de foudre' on meeting. Personally, I dread to think of their marriage 15 years down the line! Tristram and Sarah's romance is very different - slow burning, built on mutual humour, respect and understanding. I would have no qualms about their relationship 15 years down the line.
All in all The Talisman is a gloriously funny book. There is never a dull moment and yet all the action takes place within a 5 mile radius of the Red Lion, Joseph Nye's inn. There is precious little physical action, a few punches, gunshots and that's it. To Eustacie's everlasting disappointment there is no riding 'ventre a terre', no final ride on a tumbril to the guillotine (wearing white muslin). The book relies on Miss Heyer's beautifully depicted characters and her dialogue. If you can read this without laughing out loud at least once I would be amazed.
Do buy this wonderfully funny novel. It's as good a place to start as any Georgette Heyer, and better than some. You will not be disappointed and, if you have never read any of her books before then you have the pleasure of many hours of happy reading to come. I envy you but, I know that with each re-reading I discover something new. Enjoy.
Georgette Heyer's 'Unknown Ajax' proves that there are no new plots, really, but it doesn't matter - it's how you tell it.
The book is set in Regency times, perhaps around 1817, but takes place on a remote estate in Kent rather than back in fashionable London.
There is mystery, humour, a dangerous brush with the law and a love story in this book. Unlike some of the other writers in this period, Heyer does include the Peninsular War and its effects on the family, and she doesn't glamourise gambling or the dandy set. Servants are real people as well, and even the horses get more than a passing sentence.
Suitable for those who like their historical romance to be accurate and contain more than a love story.
Gervase himself is a quiet, mild-mannered individual and his family underestimate his abilities because of this. Staying in the house in the absence of her parents who are travelling is Miss Drusilla Morville who is concerned by the tensions in the household and finds herself endeavouring to keep the peace. She is even more worried when accidents seem to keep happening to Gervase.
Part mystery, part romance this is an entertaining story set in Georgette Heyer's signature period of the Regency. It has all the wit and charm of her other Regency novels with an interesting and intriguing hero and a practical and down to earth heroine. I hadn't re-read this book for many years but it has lost none of its charm in the intervening period.
The characters do not conform to stereotypes. There is a beautiful maiden in this book, but she is not important. The heroine is kindly, cooperative girl who is slightly dumpy, practical and very shrewd. The quiet gentleman has angelic good looks and a placid, unassuming manner hiding an obdurate will. The novel ends not with an overblown sexy clinch but with two minor characters having an argument over their families' antecedents.
I wish more modern novelists showed such humour and restraint.