A Blue Plaque for Georgette Heyer

An absolute favourite writer for most lovers of the Regency is Georgette Heyer, and the great news is that on Friday 5th June English Heritage unveiled a Blue Plaque at 103, Woodside, Wimbledon, where Georgette was born on 16th August 1902.
I’ve been a Heyer fan as long as I can remember, and I particularly get a thrill when I’m in the History stacks at the London Library in St James’s Square and recall that this was where she did so much of her research.
Heyer’s novels are a treat for anyone who loves Georgian London and my favourite is Frederica, with its priceless image of the dreadful dog Lufra chasing the cows in Green Park, even if it does contain one of Heyer’s few research failures when she located the Soho Foundry, not in Birmingham, but in…Soho.
For anyone who is inclined to dismiss her writing as romantic froth, I would recommend Jenny Haddon’s post http://jennyhaddon.com/?p=973 “The Space Between the Words” on the understated power of her writing. And if you haven’t already read it, Jennifer Kloester’s biography Georgette Heyer, is the perfect accompaniment to her books.
I’ll leave you with a picture of two books from my collection, including one of my precious first editions. And if you like to see a (good) feature film, made of one of her novels, why not sign the petition http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/georgetteheyerfilm


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5 responses to “A Blue Plaque for Georgette Heyer

  1. Isn’t it great that Georgette Heyer’s had been honoured with a blue plaque at last? It is surprising that Heyer’s novels have not been adapted for film and television but there continues to be a lot of unwarranted snobbery about her work. I wrote about the film adaptation of The Reluctant Widow at http://isthereroomformetosew.com/2015/03/18/reflecting-on-the-reluctant-widow/

  2. Thank you for sharing the good news!

  3. It’s such an accolade for a worthy writer. We’ve been waiting for years for her to be honoured somehow, to demonstrate her worth and genius.

  4. Great to hear about the blue plaque. I discovered Georgette Heyer in my late teens and have read, and re-read, her books many times. Always my favourite author.

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