Heyer there

Wenlock, an umrat and a gentleman, posted a week or two ago about men not reading Georgette Heyer very much. He said:

Those very few men that I know who have ventured inside a Heyer novel have enjoyed them immensly.

Last week I was at Basford Library for a councillor advice surgery, and as is sometimes the way, there wasn’t anyone to see me. So I picked up a Heyer novel to see what it was like.

And it was good. I got through 60-odd pages in the hour alotted to me. It seemed an entertaining romp much in the way Jane Austen is. Parties, fools, an all-round good egg hero trying to avoid being married off to a silly empty-headed girl by his silly mother and silly sister. A mystery as well… why has the toll booth keeper disappeared leaving his young charge watching the gate?

Unfortunately, I’m not easily going to find out, because I didn’t have my library card with me, and couldn’t borrow the book. I emptied my wallet of clutter as a precaution when I went to France, and hadn’t got around to putting it back in. Besides, I have an expensive habit of forgetting all about library books until months after they should have gone back.

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2 comments on “Heyer there

  1. Chris Black says:

    Haven’t read much of your blog yet, to be honest. Don’t know what other books you have mentioned. But if you like Heyer, have you read Lois McMaster Bujold’s “A Civil Campaign”, which, to put it crudely, is supposed to be a sort of SF equivalent? (I haven’t read Heyer yet myself, but A Civil Campaign is wonderful)

  2. Stephen says:

    Niles, I’m glad you enjoyed your dabble into Georgette Heyer – I deduce from your remarks that you picked up The Toll Gate which is certainly one of the ones I would recommend to a male reader wanting to find out what the fuss is about (The Talisman Ring is another one to try).

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