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
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 biogra ...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
Georgette Heyer was born into a happy, upper-middle-class family. She had a loving, harmonious marriage and one child. She wrote some excellent books. Her life was touched by tragedy but no more than any life: she lost a beloved father while still a young woman, but made it through the war largely unscathed, with both brothers and husband coming safely ...more
I’ve not read many biographies, but this may prompt me to read more about favorite authors and historical figures. I guess I was afraid I’d find out they were awful or had feet of clay! But Heyer, though intensely private (which I can respect, in this tell-all social media age I find baffling), was indeed a witty, clever correspondent and incredibly hard-working writer. Especially as ...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 "hear her v ...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 ...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
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
Here is all the background to ...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
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
What I enjoyed most was that it concentrated on the thing I was interested in - her work. Yes, there was personal stuff and some real incite into her character, but it was how she worked, how she came up with her stories, and how she dealt with her publishers that I found fascinating - and not just b ...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
This book is very kind about Heyer.
Regrettably, this biographer doesn't seem to probe much into how Heyer's right wing, consensus based view of history affected her portrayal of the 'Regency era' which is regrettably often accepted as a realistic depoction by readers not well versed in ...more
I haven’t reviewed Devil’s cub y ...more
I knew nothing about Georgette Heyer before reading Jane Aiken Hodge’s biography ...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. While living overseas 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, my first two books: 'Georgette Heyer's Reg...more