Monday, August 2, 2010

Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester 
(Rated: C)
ISBN: 978-1402241369
Published August 3, 2010
Trade Paperback,  400 pages

The first time I read a Georgette Heyer novel I was struck by two things; someone other than Jane Austen is queen of the Regency period, and what do those funny expressions or “Regency speak” in her novels mean?! Well, Georgette Heyer’s official biographer, Jennifer Kloester has written a guide to the Regency period that any Heyer or Austen fan is sure to enjoy.

The information is this book is extensive and well organized with everything you could possibly want to know about that time: its slang, fashion, etiquette, food, social statuses, venues, and much more. Black and white illustrations are also scattered throughout the book.

As a writer who not only loves to read Regency novels, but also needs to research that era for my second novel, I appreciated this book as a well-written reference. It’s easy to use with 14 chapters divided into subtitles, making the search for a specific topic short. If this book truly piques your interest, a bibliography for additional reading is included as well as six interesting appendixes. Now, when I read my next Heyer novel (there are 26 in all) I could look up an expression I do not understand, the name of a newspaper or place I’m unfamiliar with, find out who the best-selling authors of the time were, see what a pelisse looked like, learn why Almack’s was one of the most exclusive venue in Regency London and find out who’s who in Society.

Whether you are a Heyer fan, a general reader, a writer, or simply interested in the history of the Regency period, you will find this book useful and a pleasure to read.

Disclosure: Thanks to Danielle Jackson from Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. This book looks interesting to me. I haven't read any of georgette Heyer's books but I have one on my TBR list. I'm glad I know this book exists now.

  2. This sounds like a good resource tool. I think I know what a pelisse is, but what about Almack's? Sounds like an interesting book.

  3. I've only read two Heyers so far, Devil's Cub and The Conqueror. I really enjoyed both of them and look forward to reading more.

  4. I picked up a couple of Heyer's books at the used book store but haven't gotten to them yet. This sounds like a useful book to have on hand when reading her books.


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