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The Corinthian [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

"A writer of great wit and style...I've read her books to ragged shreds."—Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph

A daring escape

Penelope Creed will do anything to avoid marrying her repulsive cousin. Dressed in boy's clothing, she's fleeing from London when she's discovered by Sir Richard Wyndham, himself on the verge of the most momentous decision of his life.

And a heroic rescue

When Sir Richard encounters the lovely young fugitive, he knows he can't allow her to travel to the countryside all alone, so he offers himself as her protector. As it happens, at that very moment Sir Richard could use an escape of his own...

What Readers Say:

"Marvelous screwball comedy and great romance!"

"Light–hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's, yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful."

"A sprightly handful of a heroine, an amused grey–eyed hero, and a colorful and diverse group of supporting characters...throw in a road trip, a murder over stolen jewels, and a mystery, and there's a little something for everyone."

"Triumphantly good...Georgette Heyer is unbeatable."—India Knight, Sunday Telegraph

"Her books sparkle with wit and style."—Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews


The Corinthian remains one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books... a treat and a keeper. (Lesa Holstine Lesa's Book Critiques 20090612)

hilarious, imaginative, witty, and compelling. (Shawn Remfry Maymay's Memos 20090626)

I enjoyed myself while reading this fast-paced romp... delightful. (Ms. Place Jane Austen's World 20090701)

The Corinthian is a light-hearted comedy of manners... This is one Heyer I'll be revisiting soon. (Danielle Torres A Work in Progress 20090701)

This is a delightfully fun and adventurous romance full of laugh-out-loud moments. (Wendi Barker Wendi's Book Corner 20090707)

Rolicking fun in the form of a Regency-style road trip with romance and intrigue, terrific characters and witty dialogue. (Nancy Horner Bookfoolery and Babble 20090708)

I adored this book. I adore Heyer. I want to go out and gobble up everything she ever wrote and I will. Slowly and deliciously. (Heather Fargis A Hidden Place 20090731)

Georgette Heyer was at the top of her game with The Corinthian... it is one of her best adventure/romances. (Sharon Goforth Ex Libris 20090731)

Fascinating... a very enjoyable read. (Jessica West The Curious Reader 20090731)

The Corinthian is a wonderful book... a must read on a rainy day. (Shana Haynes Books-are-Life Reviews 20090824)

This one is playful and fun. There's some adventure thrown in as well--and a murder!--but at it's heart this is a romantic comedy. (Rebecca Laney Becky's Book Reviews 20090824)

Superbly written, with an undercurrent of humor throughout, THE CORINTHIAN is a sheer joy to read. (Camellia The Long and Short of It Reviews 20090825)

Part road romance and all romp, this delicious comedy of manners is filled with adventure and fun, and Heyer's superb wit and humor, Once you begin this page-turning delight, you will not be able to put it down! (Deborah Hosey The Romance Readers Connection )

[T]he writing is good, the subtle romance is sweet, the adventure is fun. (Ana Grilo The Book Smugglers )

About the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. It is known that she was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, was published in 1921.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and they had one son together, Richard.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WWKZJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Screwball comedy and great romance December 13, 2000
Georgette Heyer's "The Corinthian" starts off deceptively simply. One of London's foremost Corinthians [fashionable sportsmen], Sir Richard Wyndham, is walking home drunk, and brooding despondently on his forthcoming betrothal. Suddenly, from an upper window, a young stripling drops into his arms. He quickly discovers that the young stripling is a actually girl dressed as a boy who is escaping from her Aunt's house and determined to return to find her childhood sweetheart.
Pen Creed, the cross-dressing heroine of the piece can't dissuade Sir Richard from coming along with her and she happily leads him into a labyrinth of problems. From that point Sir Richard is thrown into a series of increasingly twisted, confusing and hilarious events. In between stolen diamond necklaces, suspect looking pick-pocketing coves, an eloping couple and a pursuing Aunt this has to rate as one of Heyer's more complex plots. Numerous stories converge and overlap - and to try to explain it would be a bit like trying to explain the plot of the Marriage of Figaro - impossible.
Needless to say Sir Richard's wit and good humour along with Pen's sense of the ridiculous coupled with her solemnly-uttered naievetes makes this one of Heyer's funniest and most enjoyable books
Its an easy read and make be a good introduction to Heyer for first time readers.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Has It All June 26, 2000
By A Customer
This book has everything for a Heyer devotee: a sprightly handful of a heroine, an amused grey-eyed hero and a colorful and diverse group of supporting characters. Throw in a road trip, a murder over stolen jewels and a mystery and there's a little something for everyone. Miss Penelope Creed is as delightful a heroine as you will find. She meets the jaded Sir Richard "Beau" Wyndham while climbing out of a window. "Cursed with a huge fortune", she is running away from a proposed marriage to a cousin "with a face like a fish". The wealthy Sir Richard is in the same boat, having just decided to propose to a well-born but impovershed lady he has been expected to marry for years but whom he doesn't like. Sir Richard decides to escort Miss Creed on her journey to the country home of her childhood sweetheart---in a public coach, no less. You can imagine the travelers they meet! (A woman who smells of onions and a small boy with adenoids among them.) She dresses as a boy to avoid comment, a device used in other Heyer novels, but not with such amusing consequences. Penelope is actually accused of "trifling with the affections of an innocent female" and is almost called out. As it turns out, this "innocent female" is the new, and rather weepy and tiresome, innamorata of her childhood sweetheart. There seems to be nothing poor Miss Creed can do to win back his affections, so she plots their elopement. This is one of several sub-plots, including the theft of Sir Richard's almost-fiance's family jewels. (Of course, the thief was one of the people our heroine befriended on the coach journey.) This theft leads to the murder of Sir Richard's would-be brother-in-law, who is deep in debt and behind the theft. Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholly charming! February 24, 2003
Sir Richard Wyndham is a Man of Fashion, a dandy, but he prefers the term Corinthian, if you please. He is somewhat bored with his life as a trendsetter of the haut ton, and is being forced to seriously consider a somewhat irksome marriage of convenience when he is waylaid by circumstance to aid Miss Penelope Creed, an heiress not yet out in society, on a quest to elope with her childhood sweetheart in an effort of avoid a match with her fish-faced cousin.
The plot of the story is light-hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful. It is a must read for her description of a proper dandy alone. There were many places where I could not help but chuckle aloud.
I know you will find it more than worth your effort to hunt down and read this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer Romance at its best! September 6, 2002
By A Customer
This has always been one of my favorite Heyer novels and I am so glad it is finally being reprinted in the US. I first read this book in India of all places and got my own copy in London. If you like witty dialogue, situations and tons and tons of british humor this is a must for you. It seems deceptively simple, Young girl running away disguised as a boy, hitches up with cynical but gorgeous hero .. . In the hands of Georgette Heyer it will have you laughing out loud and absolutely unable to put it down until its done!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted fun September 17, 1999
By A Customer
Georgette Heyer was extremely fond of the lethargic, intelligent, sarcastic male character; it was inevitable that she will make such one into a hero in one of her novels. Both the hero and the heroine are extremely appealing characters; the plot is rather simplistic for a Heyer novel (even for her romance), but the characterization of the hero (see above) and of Penelope more than make up for it. Penelope is indeed one of my favorite Heyer females; she is intelligent, charming and innocent, and is believably appealing for such a character as the hero to be (finally) a woman whom he can fall in love with. A gender switch confusion adds to the fun (though it's not made too much of). Strongly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Richard Wyndham, Handsome, Notable Corinthian, Man of Fashion...
I. loved. this. story. Sir Richard Wyndham, handsome, well muscled, notable Corinthian, Man of Fashion - a woman's dream come true is being pressured by his sister and mother to... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Judge Tabor
4.0 out of 5 stars I like almost all of her books and this is a ...
I like almost all of her books and this is a good one but, then, I always like happy endings. It's a cute adventure story and very good reading.
Published 12 days ago by Theresa Gailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite books by my favorite author!
Published 13 days ago by Cynthia Kalko
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delight!
I have recently found Georgette Heyer and am infatuated with her wit and style. She is clean, fun and enjoyable to read, with witty dialogue, characters and plots.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Escape
My second favorite Heyer book. It has everything you want in a fine regency novel plus more. This one adds a mystery, a murder, and a bit a of feel of Twelfth Night. Read more
Published 1 month ago by melzy
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
I always love anything by Georgette Heyer. Her books are always a joy to read. I hope they open up more of her books in Kindle.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Garel
4.0 out of 5 stars Another super Heyer!
A great book. l prefer "The Grand Sophy". Nobody can match Heyer for her wonderful sense of humor. It is my escape from stress!
Published 2 months ago by Enoka Perera
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Georgette Heyer at her best!
A great regency read. Lght and romantic! I read it years ago and was happy to travel down that road again.
Published 3 months ago by Kathy Post
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh to be young again!
Georgette Heyer was such a master at this genre. Good dialogue, good descriptions- she really knew the Regency period. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shyrle Monzeglio
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming protagonists
Penelope Creed is one of GH's most charming (although implausible) heroines. She is matched with Sir Richard Wyndham, who is still more implausible but beautifully romantic, so who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Bryant
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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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