The Regency World

Georgette Heyer’s Regency World  by Jennifer Kloester.

Georgette Heyer is an author much loved by readers all over the world for her novels set in the Regency period, which have intricately plotted story lines and memorable characters who are enjoyed for their wit and humour. Heyer wrote her first novel at the age of 17  for her brother Boris, and she became a best-selling author for the rest of her life even though she refused all of the interviews and publicity which is usually required for success.

Jennifer Kloester is the author of two books about Georgette Heyer. Kloester fell in love with Heyer’s writing while living in the jungle in Papua New Guinea, which lead her on a journey around the world researching Georgette Heyer’s life and books. Ten years of research resulted in a PhD and two books: Geogette Heyer’s Regency World, and Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller.

Georgette Heyer’s Regency World is a great companion to the novels set in that era, with entertaining anecdotes from the novels illustrating the information provided, and interesting background to Heyer’s books provided. This book will take you behind the scenes of the novels, and bring new life to the romance and adventures enjoyed by Heyer fans. Every aspect of Regency life and customs is investigated in this definative guide, which has been so meticulously researched. The result is a fun read which will inspire you to re-read your favourite Heyer novels again! You can read this book from start to finish, or just pick out the bits of most interest to you from the chapter summaries given at the start. Chapters include: Up and down the social ladder; Town and country; A man’s world; The gentle sex; On the town; Pleasure haunts of London; The fashionable resorts; Getting about (transport); What to wear; Shopping; Eat, drink and be merry; The sporting life; Business and the military; Whos who in the Regency; and, some great appendixes which include a useful glossary of cant terms.

This book will be welcomed by authors who wish to write Regency novels and are  looking for a book to guide to them which is both enjoyable and gives comprehensive information about the period. With a wealth of easily accessible information, it will enhance the enjoyment of all Regency novels and will be welcomed by Austen fans as well as general readers.

The  only disappointment is that only the Regency novels are covered, and therefore some excellent Heyer novels set in the eighteenth century are not mentioned (including some of my favourites).

 The Gold Coast City Libraries hold this title in book, Ebook and CD book formats.