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Two friends talking about a different Georgette Heyer book every episode. Giggling at anyone called Fanny, mispronouncing Marquess, and making appalling attempts at accents. Join us Heyer nerds! Continue Reading >>
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Ep 28 - The Nonesuch Spoiler alert!
In this episode we wax lyrical over Sir Waldo. Handsome, charming and kind, an expert in the art of flirtation and a man who’d never abandon his Wretched Brats. No wonder Ancilla Trent falls head over heels for him, despite her best intentions.
And just as much as we hope Sir Waldo and Miss Trent will make a match of it, we’re desperately keen that Tiffany Wield doesn’t get her hooks into the lovely Julian. So it’s lucky that Tiffany can never disguise her tyrannical nature for long, and that the virtuous Patience is there to save street urchins and distract Julian.
We also ponder what Laurie’s future will hold. Will Sir Waldo manage to form a healthier relationship with him and steer him onto a better path? Of course he will! If he can drive a team of horses to the inch, Laurie won’t be a problem.
‘The names she called me! It beats me where she learned ‘em, I can tell you that ma’am!’
‘What did she call you, Laurie?’ Enquired Sir Waldo, much interested.
‘I wonder,’ said Miss Trent, in a voice of determined coldness, ‘if you would be so obliging, sir, as to refrain from asking quite unimportant questions? Mr Calver, what can I say but that I am deeply mortified? As Miss Wield’s governess, I must hold myself to blame, but I trust - ‘
‘Learn them from you, did she, ma’am?’ said Sir Waldo irrepressibly.
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Ep 28 - The Nonesuch Spoiler alert!
In this episode we wax lyrical over Sir Waldo. Handsome, charming and kind, an expert in the art of flirtation and a man who’d never abandon his Wretched Brats. No wonder Ancilla Trent falls head over heels for him, despite her best intentions.
And just as much as we hope Sir Waldo and Miss Trent will make a match of it, we’re desperately keen that Tiffany Wield doesn’t get her hooks into the lovely Julian. So it’s lucky that Tiffany can never disguise her tyrannical nature for long, and that the virtuous Patience is there to save street urchins and distract Julian.
We also ponder what Laurie’s future will hold. Will Sir Waldo manage to form a healthier relationship with him and steer him onto a better path? Of course he will! If he can drive a team of horses to the inch, Laurie won’t be a problem.
‘The names she called me! It beats me where she learned ‘em, I can tell you that ma’am!’
‘What did she call you, Laurie?’ Enquired Sir Waldo, much interested.
‘I wonder,’ said Miss Trent, in a voice of determined coldness, ‘if you would be so obliging, sir, as to refrain from asking quite unimportant questions? Mr Calver, what can I say but that I am deeply mortified? As Miss Wield’s governess, I must hold myself to blame, but I trust - ‘
‘Learn them from you, did she, ma’am?’ said Sir Waldo irrepressibly.
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Ep 27 - Powder and Patch Spoiler alert!
In this episode we kick things off by discussing whether Sir Maurice and Cleone were reasonable in wanting Philip to change his ways. Is he being asked to put aside his real identity and conform? Or do they want him to broaden his horizons before slipping prematurely into old age?
And what about Cleone? A young woman who gets engaged more times in ten minutes than most of us do in a lifetime. Hey, she’s 18, and just keeps on being importuned - we’ve got sympathy for her.
But it’s the older generation who are really bringing the romance in this story, so we also talk about that old romantic Tom, and the incomparable Lady Malmerstoke. Some of her views on women are certainly problematic, but when it comes to entertainment value - she’s up there with the very best of the eccentric widows.
“Men with chins like his are not safe. I’ve had experience, and I know. He’ll win in the end, if he has a mind to do so.”
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Ep 26 - The Quiet Gentleman In this episode we talk about a very dysfunctional family and deep-rooted resentments that might prove deadly. There’s intrigue, danger and mystery galore, plus delightfully prosaic heroine, Drusilla, who knows just where to place a problematic epergne.
Our hero, St Erth, faces multiple attempts on his life, and perhaps even more frighteningly, must live under the same roof as his stepmother and short-tempered half-brother Martin. At least he’s got his sensible cousin Theo on hand to offer him sage advice and keep him safe. Right?!
‘What happened to me?’ he asked.
‘You met with a slight accident, but it is of no consequence. You will be better directly.’
‘Oh!’ His eyelids were drooping again, but he smiled, and murmured: ‘You are always coming to my rescue!’
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Ep 25 - An Infamous Army Spoiler alert!
Heyer pulls off quite the feat in An Infamous Army - capturing the horrors of war through the love story of dashing Charles Audley and rebellious Barbara Childe.
While Heyer’s research into the Battle of Waterloo has long been respected, we also take a moment to appreciate how she builds an atmosphere. We’re right there with the ton in Brussels, swept up in the mad rush to cram in as much pleasure as possible. And we’re still with them as they confront a pivotal moment in history and the devastating loss of life that brings.
It feels like a ‘big’ novel, so we’re grateful to be accompanied by old friends in the form of Judith and Worth, Mary and Dominic, and (to a slightly lesser extent) Peregrine. 
So join us on the battlefield and in the ballroom in our latest episode.
“No one could foretell what the future held; but everyone knew that these weeks might be the last of happiness. Except when news crept through of movement on the frontier, war was not much talked of. Talking of it could not stop its coming; it was better to put the thought of it behind one, and to be merry while the sun still shone.”
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Ep 24 - The Masqueraders Spoiler alert!

Have you ever been tempted to slap someone with a glove à la Sir Anthony Fanshawe? While we’d never condone violence, to be honest we do see the appeal.

In this episode we talk about the magnetism and audacity of the Old Gentleman, the all-accepting love of the Large Gentleman, the stoicism of Prudence, and the Princess Bride levels of swashbuckling shown by Robin. Also we surprised ourselves by only very rarely stumbling over our Robins/Peters/Prudences/Kates.

Happy listening our little cabbages, as Lady Lowestoft might say.

“‘I say, Mr Rensley, that you dare not meet me now or at any time,’ Sir Anthony replied, to the astonishment of his friends. His hand came up, and he struck Mr Rensley lightly across the mouth with the glove he held.”

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Ep 23 - Charity Girl Spoilers ahead!

Why does it take so long for Viscount Desford and Henrietta Silverdale to get together? We’ve got theories…

They’ve both enjoyed a few years of freedom and frivolity of course, which makes a nice change. Des’s father is still alive and kicking (and perfectly capable of a delivering a fine trimming) so there wasn’t any need for Des to assume responsibility early like some of our other heroes. And Hetta? We suspect her heart was engaged before Des’s was, but she didn’t seem to be pining away, merely keeping herself entertained with an array of suitors while Des shook off some youthful racketyness.

So all it needed was the perfectly lovely Mr Cary Nethercott and Miss Cherry Steane to make our lovers realise they wouldn’t be happy to see their best friend with anyone else.

Perhaps that means they settled down at just the right time. We like to think so.

And woven in amongst this lovely journey from best friends to lovers, we have the joy of meeting the irascible and loyal to the last, Simon Carrington, Lord Nettlecombe and his lady housekeeper wife, and of course Wilfred Steane, or should we say Baron Monte Toscana?

Fascinated, Simon said: ‘Do you - do you carry different cards, sir?’

‘Certainly! I find it convenient to use one card here, and another there, for you must know I am domiciled abroad, and spend much of my time in travel. But this card,’ he said, handing it to Simon with a flourish, ‘bears my true name, and will doubtless explain to you why I have sought you out!’

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Ep 22 - Cousin Kate Spoiler alert!

It’s cold and dark here in London so the perfect time to get a little gothic with Cousin Kate. It doesn’t seem to be a universally popular novel, but we tapped into our inner torment and really enjoyed it. We will acknowledge however that this isn’t the most comfortable of reads - what with all the violent deaths and animal cruelty.

In this episode we talk about the chilling gothic elements in this story, and how the ratcheting tension is cut through with the refreshingly straight-talking Nidd family, and the absolutely charming love story (with a real cracker of a proposal scene).

Everyone falls under the spell of Kate Malvern of course. She’s an intrepid heroine who grew up following the drum, isn’t above working to support herself, and is quite capable of slapping her employer’s lecherous relative. And Philip, with his loyalty and kindness, proves himself worthy of her.

Minerva, Torquil and Sir Tim on the other hand are much more dubious figures (unless you’ve got more sympathy for Sir Timothy than we have). Machiavellian machinations and murder galore in that unhappy little triumvirate. We end up discussing whether Sir Tim had a happier ending than he deserved, and how Heyer forces us to feel sympathy for Torquil.

And then there’s Minerva - you know we love dissecting a good baddie, and she certainly gives us plenty to get our teeth into.

“He addressed himself to Kate, saying, in his stateliest manner: ‘I beg your pardon, miss, but since her ladyship is unwell I feel it my duty to inform you that Mrs Thorne has seen fit to Prophesy!’”

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Ep 21 - A Civil Contract Spoilers ahead. 

It’s time for a very domestic story in this episode as we quietly cheer on the growing closeness between lovelorn Adam and the ever-practical Jenny.

Jenny might be the least likely heroine in the Heyerverse but she marries a man hopelessly in love with another, just because it’s the only thing she can do to help him. That makes her a hero in our eyes - although we could wish she set a slightly lower standard in wifely behaviour, because she’s making the rest of us look bad.

She certainly makes a better wife than Julia - the ethereal beauty who swoons at parties, and pointedly sings sentimental songs at a married man. Rockhill deserves better, but evidently even clever men are susceptible to fleeting beauty (the Mrs Bennet effect).

But not only are we treated to the bittersweet, and often unflinchingly honest, relationship between Adam and Jenny, we also have the absolute delight of Jonathan Chawleigh - a self-made man with a tendency to show up with a lobster for his hostess. He’s such a juicy character, and the contrast this forceful and emotional family man presents against the restrained and cool Lyntons gives a fascinating insight into class and family life.

All-in-all it’s a complex and subtle story, so we stubbornly make no apologies for the run time of this episode - we were having a ball!

“But I was never one for reading those old romances and legends that Julia dotes on,’ said Jenny apologetically. ‘I do know that he likes his eggs boiled for four minutes exactly, and won’t touch muffins.”

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Ep 20 - Faro‘s Daughter Spoilers ahead. 

Poor Lady Bellingham! Running a profitable yet respectable gaming house is harder than it appears. Especially since her niece refuses to form a connection for such a base purpose as financial security. And then there's the cost of green peas to consider.

If only there was a handsome green pea farmer for Deb to marry, but sadly it's down to Max Ravenscar's deep pockets to save the day. Can this pair get past Max's blistering tongue and Deb's determination to win their battle at any cost? 

Join us in this episode as we scrabble to uncover Max's finer points, discuss well-turned ankles, and whether the secondary characters in this book cut the mustard.

(Also if you'd like more Heyer podcasts in your life, give Heyer Today a listen: https://fablegazers.wordpress.com/binge-our-podcasts-now/ you will learn sooo much.)

"I will say this for you, Deb: you may lock people up in the cellar, and fling thousands of pounds in their faces as though it was mud, but you don't cry!"

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