Georgette Heyer

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.

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‘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.’
  1. 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

416 pages

Frontispiece plus 5 full-page colour illustrations by Sally Dunne

Printed slipcase

9½˝ x 6¼˝

‘She is a fabulous, witty writer who captured the life and language of Regency England superbly.’
  1. 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.

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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