Stephen Fry’s exclusive introduction to this new Folio Society edition lavishes praise on Georgette Heyer’s meticulously researched and deliciously entertaining Regency Romance, Venetia.
Illustrated by Sally Dunne
Binding design by Jessica Hische
Georgette Heyer brings her wry take on regency romance to Frederica, illustrated by Sally Dunne and with a beautiful binding design by Jessica Hische, in the third book of this exclusive Folio series.
‘Heyer’s novels are delicious: meticulously researched, deftly plotted and hugely romantic, but never sentimental. I devoured her as a teenager but she works at any time of life.’
- Harriet Evans, Guardian
A handsome and bored Marquis finds himself drawn into the world of the witty and determined Frederica. Both find themselves surprised by where their journey takes them. This is Heyer at her best, as she weaves together family high jinks and high society drama, complete with a dramatic balloon misadventure and rambunctious ‘Baluchistan Hound’. Bound sumptuously in azure fabric, Sally Dunne’s signature illustrations are perfectly complemented by Jessica Hische’s lettering design on the binding, resplendent with curlicues and accents of gold. This volume is a must for Heyer fans and a perfect addition to the exclusive Folio collection, joining the deliciously addictive Venetia and richly romantic Arabella.
Bound in cloth blocked with a lettering design by Jessica Hische
Set in Aria Text
Frontispiece plus 5 full-page colour illustrations by Sally Dunne
9½˝ x 6¼˝
‘She is a fabulous, witty writer who captured the life and language of Regency England superbly.’
- Stephen Fry
Heyer arches an eyebrow at Regency society as a dowager might at some amusing gossip during the Ton. An enduringly popular romance genre novelist, Heyer was always a little bemused by her success, selling a million copies of her books a year in Britain by the time of her death in 1974. A Blue Plaque was erected in her birthplace of Wimbledon in 2015 by English Heritage in recognition of her place in English literature. In addition to Stephen Fry, whose glowing praise is included in the introduction to the Folio edition of Venetia, fans of Heyer’s work include A. S. Byatt, Germaine Greer, Adjoa Andoh, and even the late Queen Elizabeth II. This third book in the best-selling Folio collection, each illustrated by Sally Dunne, will make a beautiful addition to any Heyer collector’s bookshelf.
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