It’s fitting that we’re studying Mansfield Park, Jane Austen’s first ‘regency’ novel, as the weekend conference theme for this year is Jane Austen and the Regency. However, I thought I’d share some ideas about other regency-inspired novels for those who’d like to supplement Mansfield Park with something a little lighter.
As many of you will know, Jennifer Kloester will be speaking on Georgette Heyer and regency culture at the September conference. Jennifer published Georgette Heyer’s Regency World in 2005, and Random House will publish her new biography of Heyer later this year. I was lucky enough to meet Jennifer at a conference on Popular Romance I attended in Brisbane last year. She was a wonderful speaker, very vibrant and friendly, and will I think make a fantastic contribution to the conference. I reluctantly admitted that I’d never read any Georgette Heyer novels and, once she’d recovered from the shock, she made the following suggestions as places to start:
- Frederica – apparently there are many involving this character, and all of them are good
- The Grand Sophy
- The Unknown Ajax
- Friday’s Child
- Sprig Muslin
Has anyone else read these, or any other Heyer novels? Which would you recommend? I am planning to read a couple before the conference in the hope I will get more out of it. Perhaps we could pick one or two as a group and read them together?