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The Corinthian

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  5,076 ratings  ·  299 reviews
THE RUNAWAY

When Sir Richard Wyndham, an accomplished Corinthian, comes across a beautiful young woman climbing out of a window in a bid to escape, he finds the ideal opportunity to realise his own escape.

Behind lovely Penelope Creed was the lavish life of a brilliant London heiress, and a proposed marriage to a man she loathed. Ahead, tantalizing, was the shimmering dream
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Arrow (first published 1940)
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Ruth Turner

Georgette Heyer is my go-to author when I want something well written, light hearted and witty to read. She never disappoints.

The Corinthian is one of my favourites. I liked Sir Richard immensely, and Pen was funny and charming and had me laughing out loud at times.

There were many interesting secondary characters that appealed to me as well. I didn't find the "thieves cant" a problem as some other readers did. I think the story was better for including it.

A quick and enjoyable read.
Caz
I've given this an A+ for narration and B+ for content at AAR, so probably nearer 5 stars than 4.

One of the best things about listening to new audio versions of older books is becoming reacquainted with stories I read many more years ago than I care to count! Georgette Heyer’s The Corinthian is not a title I’ve re-read over the years, so coming back to it in audio was almost like experiencing a new book. And a terrific experience it was!

The story is one with which any regular Regency reader is p
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Hannah
Second Heyer I read, and much better then Faro's Daughter IMO. Pen was a very delightful heroine, and I felt Heyer did a much better job developing the budding romance between Pen and Richard then she did with the main characters in Faro's Daughter.

The plot was engaging and well maintained throughout the book, full of the types of adventures you'd expect to find in a regency (i.e. struggles against marriages of convenience, a bored yet lonely dandy, a girl disguised as a boy). I did have a bit o
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Anne
Curiously, I did not enjoy this novel as much as I had expected to. I really really liked it, but I didn't get the same kind of satisfactory and awesome feeling I got after reading "The Black Moth" and "Powder and Patch" by the same author. The story, although good, seemed too unbelievable, which made the characters appear awkward as a whole, though I loved them individually. Sir Richard was a perfect, Heyer-typical hero and I thought the character of Penelope to be vastly entertaining. She was ...more
Kelly
One of my favorite Heyers. It involves the urbane, cultured hero-young, unconventional heroine combination, and its done very well here. Penelope Creed literally falls into Richard Wyndham's life late one night, determined to run away from an oppressive marriage to a creepy cousin to find shelter with an old friend of hers. Richard decides to run away with her, as there is a marriage of his own he would like to escape. Hijinx in the form of cross-dressing, escaped criminals, mistaken identity an ...more
Michaela
Have I mentioned that I love Georgette Heyer? Her books are just absolutely sweet, darling things. I loved this one, and I loved the ending of this book. Absolutely sweet. I just loved it.
Becca
I have previously heard Georgette Heyer described as the “Queen of Regency Romance”, and after having read The Corinthian, I am now fully convinced that this is indeed the case. This is the fourth novel of Georgette Heyer’s that I have encountered… and incidentally the first one I’ve encountered in paperback. Thus this particular novel proved that I do (as I had thought) greatly enjoy Ms Heyer’s delightful stories; and that it wasn’t only because Richard Armitage narrated the three other stories ...more
Angela
Though I wasn't initially engaged with the rather drawn-out and verbose beginning, I quickly found myself hooked into one of Heyer's most madcap adventures of those I have read (on par, or even more outrageous than The Grand Sophy). Despite the convoluted plot and rather tenuous role of chance threading its way through the novel, I enjoyed myself immensely.

The two main characters are wonderfully written, with more believable motives and character arcs than the otherwise fantastic story would see
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Carrie
TBR Challenge 2011- This has been on my TBR list for several years. I was able to find it on audio narrated by the great Eve Matheson.

The Corinthian reminds me of Cotillion in tone (not in plot). It's a delightful book, especially in audio. Eve Matheson does a wonderful job with all the characters. I made time to iron, fold clothes, and even clean bathrooms over the past few days in order to get extra time to finish listening to this audiobook.
Jamie
This has a fun opening scene, but it's not one of the better Heyers. It's neither a touching romance nor a satisfying madcap adventure. There is some improbably successful cross-dressing, and the age difference between the hero and heroine is a little extreme. I prefer Heyer's older heroines.
Olga Godim
This book is a treasure trove of laughter. It should be used in laugh therapy.
Sir Richard Wyndham is a twenty-nine-year-old Corinthian – wealthy, sophisticated, handsome, and supremely bored with his untroubled, aristocratic existence. He boxes like a champion, drives his horses like an Apollo, and dresses to the nines.
He has only one gripe: his mother and sister keep accosting him to get married. He doesn’t wish to, so he drowns his gloom in brandy. Later, after getting ultimately drunk, he w
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Kathleen
I listened to the audio version, newly released at Audible. The narrator, Georgina Sutton, has a lovely British accent, and portrays Pen beautifully, and Richard fairly well. However, she makes the listening experience unpleasant to my ears for some of the secondary male characters. Hard on the ears. Raspy, scratchy, twangy, and in Cedric's case, also goofy. I think she mispronounced a few words: inebriated, babble (unless the British pronunciation differs from American English).

I'd go 3.5 star
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Charlotte
The Corinthian, ironically, had made little and immense impact upon me when I first read it a few years ago. Whilst I didn’t rate it as one of her better novels and swiftly forgot its plot, it has this wonderful and memorable ”Let them look.” moment that I always associate with Heyer’s regency romances… Little and immense indeed!

Heyer is the only author I’ve discovered who can stand, for me, on par with the Austen classics and, whilst this isn’t one of my favourites (These Old Shades, Regency Bu
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Debbie
After re-reading this, I've decided that The Corinthianis one of my top-tier favorite Georgette Heyers. Sir Richard Wyndham is one of Heyer's perfectly formed, well-bred, fashion sense-gifted, wealthy heroes who is tired of his life. Sir Richard has just resigned himself to the marriage his family is pushing him into when he runs into young Penelope Creed, a friendly, talkative heiress, who is literally running away from the marriage her own family is forcing on her. Sir Richard decides to help ...more
Flourish
As always, I love Georgette Heyer. This is a much less audacious novel than These Old Shades and I enjoyed it less, probably because I felt like it was simpler - and the characters were somewhat more standard. That said, it's probably technically the better book of the two. Heyer truly is the mistress of the period romance novel.

Also, it's enjoyable to recognize that she definitely has a heroine type, and that her heroes are often attracted to specifically manly or boyish women. There are freque
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Laura
Nov 04, 2013 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: high school and up
Shelves: 2013
I can't fathom why none of Georgette Heyer's books have been put to screen. Her dialogue is so vivid that I read it in my head with different voices, inflections, and even dramatic pauses. Her witty, natural banter makes it impossible not to do so. "The Corinthian" is one of her best for vivid dialogue even though the plot is very much like her other books; but since I can't seem to get enough of Heyer, then I'm okay with that.
Wealhtheow
Both Richard Wyndham and Penelope Creed are pressured by their relatives to find a spouse, and a chance meeting out of a window leads them to run away together. Through adventures with Bow Street Runners and stolen diamonds, the two fall in love. This is classic Heyer, complete with urbane, sarcastic hero and sprightly, empathic heroine.
Linda
3.75 Stars

Corinthian
1. a man about town, especially one who lives luxuriously or, sometimes, dissolutely. A sophisticated man.

Sir Richard Wyndham was in a bind. He was twenty nine years old with nothing to show for it. Sure, he had money, good looks, the best clothes, a wonderful house and lots of friends. But he had neither a wife or any heirs and he was the last in the Wyndham line. As his older shrewish sister and marshmallow-minded mother recently reminded him, it was his duty to marry.

And
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Zarah
I've been really enjoying Heyer's work lately, and this one is no exception.
let me go ahead and get to the point. I loved Pen & Richard.

even when I love a book, for me it's almost easier to say what i enjoyed less.
(which is not much.) I know that Pen is only 17, and honestly the age difference did not bother me one bit, but certain scenes I thought maybe she acted too childish. Yet it went with the story I think most of the time but it bothered me when she met again her childhood best frie
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Jenny Jones
The Corinthian, as with The Nonesuch, and Faro's Daughter (currently reading) presents the heroine as rebellious to the accepted behavior of the time. Their choices though come out of a desire to take care of their needs, rather than an arrogance or disdain of society. It is this determined self-sufficiency that endears the men of the story to the women. The men all appear to be rich, successful bachelors in their mid 30's who have become bored with life, bored with the woman, and especially the ...more
Natalie
So I really need to pace myself when it comes to Georgette Heyer books. It really doesn't take me very long at all to read through one. I've read all of her regency romances before, so when I do read them, it's usually to revisit one I've liked in the past. I have to admit that I'd forgotten how much I liked this one. Pen Creed is such a hilarious character. She's young enough to be able to pull off innocent, yet she's enough of an individual to take the world at her own speed. Sir Richard turns ...more
Sbuchler
I’ve read this book before but it wasn’t one I’ve gone back and re-read. So, when I came to listen to the audio book, I had completely forgotten the story. I was surprised by how much fun it is! The basic storyline is that impetuous heiress (Pen Creed) runs away from home to escape being forced into a marriage with her cousin. She literally falls into the arms of a rather drunk hero, Sir Richard Wyndham, who is also rich and being maneuvered into a marriage he doesn’t particularly want. While in ...more
Kieraanne
This book was wonderful. It reminded me of the British farces my sister and I used to go see growing up. Pen's madcap "adventures" were hilarious, as were the convoluted lies she seemed willing to spew at the drop of a hat. It was great seeing her draw out Sir Richard's true character as something of an adventurer himself, and their misunderstood kiss was the perfect ending. I was so glad that Piers turned out to be such an idiot. It was also very funny to see Pen's reaction to Lydia. Her commen ...more
Ann
In a lot of Heyers, the young girl with crazy schemes is someone that the main characters have to deal with, to reign them in and keep their hairbrained scheme from making a mess of everything. However, in this book when Penelope Creed decides to dress as a boy and run away from home, our Hero...facing an unwanted engagement of his own, and three sheets to the wind...decides that running away is a fantastic idea.

And there begins a story full of hijinks, humor, and a charming romance. My only com
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KV Taylor
Really, it's only a three star book-- but having gulped down a lot of Heyer by this time, I'm really pleased with this one because the main characters are just different enough, in just the ways I wanted them to be, that I loved them both way too much. Pen is of course a headstrong young thing and Richard is of course a well dressed older rich guy, but they're both so completely sweet I couldn't even be annoyed. Also, I laughed from beginning to end, which is a little bit appalling considering h ...more
Katherine
¡Me encanto! Muy bien escrito, sumamente fidedigno... ¡incluso habían detalles de la Regencia que desconocía (y eso que he investigado bastante sobre el tema)! Los personajes muy bien construidos, siempre se mantuvieron fieles a su esencia, pero aun así hubo una leve evolución (la historia sucede en cuatro días, no podían haber cambios 'radicales') en ellos. Narrada con un humor... sencillamente exquisito (a mi gusto, adoro lo irónico...) Una buena opción de lectura y ahora no quiero más que seg ...more
Jen
Sep 14, 2007 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
This is the first Georgette Heyer book I've ever picked up, surprisingly. Very fun, great dialogue, good period slang. This is a classic romp through the British countryside, with a lady in disguise as a lad, a dark sardonic lord, and various relatives, criminals, and secondary characters also haring about in pursuit of various things (jewels, lost nieces, eloping couples.) The plot is fun, the main characters are sympathetic enough, but the real reasons to read this are the witty repartee and t ...more
Kate Sherwood
The only other Heyer I've read (I think) is These Old Shades, and there were a LOT of similarities between the two. Foppish hero much older than the impish heroine, a heroine who spends most of the book living closely with the hero while dressed as a boy, madcap adventures in which I never feel that either character is truly at risk, a separation after the hero's declaration of love because the heroine just can't believe the hero could want someone as meaningless as her... yeah, a LOT of similar ...more
Donna Weaver
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
When Sir Richard Wyndham, an accomplished Corinthian, comes across a beautiful young woman climbing out of a window in a bid to escape, he finds the ideal opportunity to realise his own escape.

Behind lovely Penelope Creed was the lavish life of a brilliant London heiress, and a proposed marriage to a man she loathed. Ahead, tantalizing, was the shimmering dream of a love she had known once--and lost.

And with her in flight across a landscape of excitement was a man like no other s
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Kate
Whee!
A drunken Sir Richard Wyndham, contemplating his expected offer for the cold, heartless Melissa Brandon on the morrow (goodness, how this writing style infects you), runs into 17-year-old Penelope Creed, who is running away from relatives who are pressing her to marry her fishfaced cousin. They set off cross-country to meet the boy Pen wanted to marry 5 years ago, and become embroiled in a robbery, a murder, an elopement, and (naturally) love.

What fun.
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“Sir Richard sighed. "Rid yourself of the notion that I cherish any villainous designs upon your person," he said. "I imagine I might well be your father. How old are you?"

"I am turned seventeen."

"Well, I am nearly thirty," said Sir Richard.

Miss Creed worked this out. "You couldn't possibly be my father!"

"I am far too drunk to solve arithmetical problems. Let it suffice that I have not the slightest intention of making love to you.”
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“I see now that there is a great deal in what Aunt Almeria says. She considers that there are terrible pitfalls in Society."

Sir Richard shook his head sadly. "Alas, too true!"

"And vice," said Pen awfully. "Profligacy, and extravagance, you know."

"I know."

She picked up her knife and fork again. "It must be very exciting," she said enviously.”
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