The Private World of Georgette Heyer, Paperback
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As an internationally bestselling phenomenon and queen of the Regency Romance, Georgette Heyer is one of the most beloved historical novelists of our time.

She's written more than fifty novels - romances, detective stories and contemporary works of fiction - yet her private life was practically inaccessible to any but her closest friends and relatives.

With this classic biography, we catch a glimpse into Georgette Heyer's world and that of her most memorable characters.

With access to private papers and archives, Jane Aiken Hodge reveals a formidable, energetic woman, with an impeccable sense of style and, beyond everything, a love for all things Regency.

Lavishly illustrated from Georgette Heyer's own research files, her family archives and other Regency sources, complete with extracts from her correspondence and references to her work, "The Private World" is a delight and a must-read for every Georgette Heyer fan.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, b/w illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780099493495



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From my amazon review:I have read Heyer off and on growing up and rediscovered them a while ago. Surfing the local library catalogue, I bumped into this book and found it fascinating. The world Heyer built was charming and perfect, where manners and propriety is must and wit is romance. Its the world I like to escape into and Hodge does homage to both the creator and the works respectful of Heyer's sentiments. Her style of analysing and studying the books chronologically makes a splendid approach to following Heyer's life and work as an author. However, while doing so she does not reveal much about the plot itself, but definitely does let you in on what it must have taken - research and otherwise - for Heyer to have produced it. It is well written and exposes Heyer only as much as she herself might have allowed. I thought it a novel way to write about an author who put so much of herself (essence of herself rather) in her books. Through out the book, you see Heyer herself evolving, as you see her family grow and surround her. I would recommend this book - in fact go so far as to say it is a must - for any Heyer fan. The other author it made me think of is Edgar Wallace. In fact, I found a curious reference to him in the book - his daughter was Mrs.Frere, a close friend of Heyer.

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The Private World of Georgette Heyer can best be described as an "authorized" biography. In the words of the author: "I hope to trace the thread of this development of her writing ... with the known facts of her life sketched in simply, as background to her work. I think that is what that very private lady would have wished" (from the Foreward). As a result, the book includes not much in the way of messy details, little or no psychological insights, no discussion of what it might have meant to be partially Russian in England at that point in time. I would have enjoyed that kind of detail and did miss it. On the other hand, I did gain a lot of information I did not have before about the trajectory of her writing career, some of what she thought about her work, and the bare bones about her personal life. I am glad I read it, I will be referring back to it as I read through my Challenge selections, and I do recommend it to other fans. It is inclusive as an overview, it is decently written and it will provide insight into the differences among her novels. I do agree with much of what Hodge says about her works. Validation is always satisfying.

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I really enjoyed this. She was a lovely person, as well as a wonderful author.I didn't always agree with Hodge's ratings of the books. Of course, I just love ALL Heyer's regnency romances. Now I have a better understanding of why I love hers, and can't stand reading others. I'll just have to keep rereading my pile of Heyer, won't I?

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Borrowed from HeatherA nice, proper, old-fashioned biography of the popular writer of Regency novels. We all know that a lot of work goes into something that's deceptively light, and Heyer's notebooks were amazing. The author clearly loves her subject and her novels, respecting rather than being in awe of this formidable lady, and giving a fair as well as a fascinating portrayal. Makes me want to go back to all the books, as a good literary biography will!

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Interesting insights into the life of novelist Georgette Heyer, who wrote some of my favourite historical fiction, mostly based in Regency times. She was a private person who evidently had a great sense of humour; Jane Aiken Hodge - a historical novelist herself - has written this book with great sensitivity, giving a clear picture of this fascinating woman. Recommended to anyone who would like to know more about Heyer and some of the background to her novels.