Georgette Heyer famously said, "I am to be found in my work."
Who was this amazing writer who was so secretive about her personal life that she never gave an interview? Where did she get her ideas? Were there real-life models for her ultra-manly heroes, independent-minded heroines, irascible guardians, and clever villains? What motivated her ...more
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Don't get me wrong; it's not a bad book. I didn't hate the writing, and it didn't make me hate Georgette Heyer; it also didn't knock the acclaimed Regency (etc) author off any pedestal, since I didn't have her on one to begin with. I've only read (listened to) one book of hers so far, and kind of hated that, although I do have a box full of paperbacks I fully plan to read. I've heard many wonderful things about the books, and I chose this biograp ...more
Georgette Heyer has been one of my favourite writers since my mother gave me Friday's Child when I was about thirteen and told me that it had always made her laugh. Heyer's Regency and Georgian romances are the books I turn to when I am feeling sad or unwell, even though I don't generally read books which would fit within the romance genre. They are the literary equivalent of a cup of sweet black tea: warm, comfortable and reviving. Many of them make me laugh out loud. Most of them make me smile ...more
I think it is a book for fans (or readers) of Georgette Heyer. It is hard to me to imagine that someone who doesn't like her novels could read this biography with much interest. Furthermore, I love Heyer's books and still I think it wasn't a very engaging, gripping book. Perhaps, it was so because Heyer was a very secretive person or that her life was rather without many events. Although it is ...more
I'm not big on Georgette Heyer's books anymore, but I'm always interested in learning about the real lives of authors. Well, Ms. Heyer and I would not have been friends, let's just say that.
The book in itself had problems keeping my attention. Dry biographies that basically just state fact after fact bore me to tears. I can find that stuff out on the internet. I never felt engaged, and often skimmed pages.
The book was highly researched, and it show ...more
If you've always wondered where she got her plots, I'm afraid the answer is, "she just made them up." She started out writing mostly mysteries, and a few historicals, before she d ...more
So the biographer is left to guess at Heyer's process and her emotional development by extrapolating possible guesses from the author's early fiction (always dicey at best) and trying to guess at her thinking through the medium of a long correspondence with publishers. It is fairly clear fr ...more
The picture that does emerge is of a driven workaholic who was the main support of her extended family for most of her life. Her huge workload didn't even allow her the time to get rid of publishers she was unhappy with & manage her financial affairs properly.
I'm glad to "he ...more
But, having read Heyer through high school, college, seminary, motherhood, divorce etc., I knew the only way to get my sealegs back after the biograp ...more
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Who was this clever author who’s ongoing captivating writing has us all hooked? What was she like? In GEORGETTE HEYER, author Jennifer Kloester reveals a woman who, contrarily to her very reserved exterio ...more
And so I decided to read this biography.
Previously, I've read a book about the personal life of a favourite author and it rather put me off the woman. But in this case?
No. Not at all.
Georgette Heyer seems are rather ... intriguing, paradoxical person. She was beset with financial woes (it was a little depressing to be constantly reading about them - and it must have ...more
The author ignores or brushes off Heyer's notorious snobbism and antisemitism, which were all the more significant because she came from a barely middle class family with recent Jewish roots. (Her grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigr ...more
Kloester's biography covers the A-Z of Heyer's life and does not skimp on the personal, but it focu ...more
It's a fun read for Heyer nerds, especially for those who've already read The Private World of Georgette Heyer. Kloester stakes some bold claims, at one point delicately skirting around accusing Hodge of inventing a source. She also argues that Penhallow wasn't written as a contract ...more
I haven’t reviewed Devil’s cub y ...more
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I was born in Melbourne, Australia, but have lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and the Middle East and travelled to more than thirty countries. During my time abroad I studied as an off-campus student with Deakin University and achieved my BA (Hons) while raising my three children.
After graduating with a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne, I had my first two books: 'Georgette Heyer...more