Georgette Heyer

Illustrated by Sally Dunne

Binding design by Jessica Hische

Georgette Heyer’s witty and addictive regency romance Arabella is designed in series with Folio’s edition of Venetia, featuring Sally Dunne’s beautiful illustrations, and intricate binding lettering by Jessica Hische.

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‘A wonderful wit … I’ve read her over and over and over again.’
  1. Stephen Fry

The daughter of a country parson with limited means, Arabella dreams of starting a new life in the milieu of London’s high society. Her looks, charm and the benevolence of a doting godmother are sufficient to secure her first season in the capital, but it isn’t long before her notoriously short temper results in a run-in with the dashing Robert Beaumaris. Is this the start of a raging battle of wills or a tempestuous courtship? Beautifully illustrated by Sally Dunne, and published in series with the best-selling Venetia, this gorgeous edition is a must-have for Georgette Heyer fans and anyone who couldn't tear themselves away from the glitz, glamour and gossip of Bridgerton. This is regency romance at its finest, with a female protagonist as independent as the era allowed, and all the exacting period details that have ensured Heyer’s continued reign as queen of the genre.

Bound in cloth blocked with lettering by Jessica Hische

Set in Aria Text

312 pages

Frontispiece plus 5 full-page colour illustrations by Sally Dunne

Printed slipcase with an illustration by Sally Dunne

9½˝ x 6¼˝

Having beautifully illustrated Venetia, the first edition in our Georgette Heyer series, Sally Dunne returns with another set of six gorgeous drawings that perfectly capture the characters’ quirks and the intricate period detailing that peppers the narrative. The exquisite cloth binding features the work of award-winning lettering artist Jessica Hische, with intricate purple and matt gold-blocked titling and a central motif.

‘My generation’s Julia Quinn.’
  1. Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury, ‘Bridgerton’)

Loved by millions of readers around the world, Georgette Heyer remains the doyenne of regency romance. A stickler for accurate period detail and a fan of feisty female protagonists, Heyer’s witty, page-turning stories offer unashamed entertainment and escapism and have inspired literature, film and drama, as demonstrated recently by Bridgerton, which is based on American author Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels. With the hit television drama attracting a huge swathe of new regency romance fans, Heyer’s readership is likely to swell and these beautiful editions are perfect gifts for her fans and Bridgerton binge-watchers alike.

About Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer was born in Wimbledon in 1902. She wrote her first novel The Black Moth for her younger brother Boris and, following her father’s encouragement, it was published in 1921 when Heyer was still just 19. She went on to write over 50 novels and became best-known for her historical fiction, including Regency Buck (1935), Arabella (1949; Folio 2022), The Grand Sophy (1950), Venetia (1958; Folio 2021) and Frederica (1965; Folio 2023). Heyer died in London in 1974. 

About Sally Dunne

Sally Dunne graduated from the Cambridge School of Art, Angela Ruskin University with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration and began her professional career by winning the Student of the Year V&A Illustration Awards 2020. Folio Art Director Sheri Gee was a member of the judging panel and was so impressed with Sally’s work that she commissioned her to illustrate the Folio edition of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2021), as well as Georgette Heyer’s Venetia (2021), Arabella (2022) and Frederica (2023). She enjoys working with a combination of pastel and coloured pencil as well as painting with watercolour.

About Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a lettering artist and New York Times best-selling author. Since 2009 she has operated a one-woman design, lettering and illustration studio working for clients such as Wes Anderson, the United States Postal Service, Tiffany & Co. and Apple. Her work has been featured in numerous design and illustration annuals worldwide and she was named a Print magazine New Visual Artist, one of Forbes’s ‘30 under 30’ in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun and a ‘Person to Watch’ by Graphic Design USA. Her latest book, Tomorrow I’ll be Kind (2020), is published by Penguin Workshop. Her work for the Folio Society includes binding designs for The Book of Proverbs and Georgette Heyer’s Venetia (2021), Arabella (2022) and Frederica (2023).


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