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The Corinthian [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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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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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
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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Screwball comedy and great romance December 13, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Has It All June 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Hilarious Read! December 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
Well, to start off, I'll tell you how much I like this book in just a few words: I stayed up until one o'clock reading it.
Yep. It's true. I couldn't put it down.
Why? Well, for one thing (1), Heyer's characters are so engaging. To be true, Sir Richard seems to be the prototype aristocrat who is bored with life (as well as handsome, good with his "fives", etc), and getting old enough so his relatives are despairing of his every marrying. But one can forgive him this, and if not, Pen far makes up for it. Her innocence, intelligence, "fertile imagination", and amusing way of looking at the world, coupled with Sir Richard's dry replies, kept me giggling throughout the whole story. Second, the plot was very interesting. It's the best one I've encountered before (but, having only read three of Heyer's other novels before, I may have yet to come upon an even better one); full of twists and turns. And for you finicky types, rest assured, it's all nicely handled by Richard's dry ingenuity and Pen's outright audacity. Thirdly... well... *a short pause* ... it's just great! I've already listed my main likey-likeys and dislikes, so I'll just exhort anyone reading this review to buy this book, or pull thy rear off the seat and make all haste for the library. Most of them (the libraries) will have at least five or six of Heyer's books, so indulge yourself there and be sure to write a long, boring review on Amazon when you're finished. Tootles!

...Yes, I'm actually going. I have much more pressing things to do than sit on my rear for any long amount of time, but I will say this: if you want to know the plot, or at least get a summary, go to someone else's review or actually drag yourself to the nearest bookstore (or the library; your choice). After all, you're supposed to read the book, not the reviews.

Later, alligator!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
How Georgette Heyer follows essentially the same formula but manages to make her regency romances unique, informative, and very enjoyable reading is beyond me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by M. Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Traditional-Style Regency
Corinthian
1. a man about town, especially one who lives luxuriously or, sometimes, dissolutely. A sophisticated man.

Sir Richard Wyndham was in a bind. Read more
Published 16 days ago by L. B. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable - except for the abrupt ending
Classic Heyer. She kept me chuckling. This story has some silliness but doesn't cross the line to annoying. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Georgette Heyer is the best when it comes to regency. Also, she is an excellent writer, very entertaining.
Published 26 days ago by Adelle Skillern
4.0 out of 5 stars You did what? with whom? and where? Keep those facts straight.
This is the fourth book by this author that I have read. And let me ask, "Are all her heroines such unconventional and exasperating ladies? Read more
Published 29 days ago by S. L. Majczan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer. When Sir Richard Wyndham ...
The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer. When Sir Richard Wyndham encounters what appears to be a very young boy climbing down out of an upstairs window he thinks he has encountered a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous
The beginning makes it quite certain how the ending will be. But it's the in between that keep you entertained. The trip they took. The stories they had to come up with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mint
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy and relaxing read. I have been reading and re-reading Georgette Heyer books since I was a teenager.
Published 1 month ago by Vickie Kotyluk
5.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone not love Georgette!
Light-hearted and fun. Georgette Heyer's wit and tenacity shine! If you have never read Georgette, she is like Jane Austen but less winded in her prose.
Published 1 month ago by mom'sreads
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romp in the Heyer style.
A great romp! that's loots of fun.The mature young man, wealthy and tired of being hunted for his money etc is completely charmed
by the unaffected runaway.
Published 1 month ago by gunda
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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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