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'Sparkling' - Independent on Sunday One of the best-known and most beloved historical novelists captures a whole new audience in a stunning repackage.

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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. Also available soon in Arrow by Georgette Heyer: June 2005 A Civil Contract (ISBN 0099474441) The Spanish Bride (ISBN 009947445X) Lady of Quality (ISBN 0099474468) False Colours (ISBN 0099476339) April Lady (ISBN 0099476347) Sprig Muslin (ISBN 0099476355) October 2005 The Toll-Gate (ISBN 0099476363) The Quiet Gentleman (ISBN 0099476371) Pistols for Two (ISBN 0099476398) Cousin Kate (ISBN 0099490951) Masqueraders (ISBN 0099476436) Jennifer Kloester: Georgette Heyer's Regency World (William Heinemann) January 2006 My Lord John (ISBN 0099476428) The Conqueror (ISBN 0099490927) Simon the Coldheart (ISBN 0099490943) Beauvallet (ISBN 0099490935)

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Royal Escape is one of those historical novels that contains a lot more history than the casual listener expects. A considerable amount of meticulous research went into this story about Charles II, who had been smuggled to safety in France as a young boy. In 1650, the young man returns to Scotland and attempts to forge an alliance with Presbyterian Covenant forces to reclaim his father's throne. All his plans come to ruin in 1651, when the Scottish army is defeated at the Battle of Worcester by the English under Oliver Cromwell. Charles, disguised as a servant, is forced to flee for his life and spends 40 days roaming the English countryside in search of a way to get back to France. Heyer portrays Charles II as a charming, levelheaded, and brave young man who manages to retain his calm and sense of humor despite the dashing of his hopes and constant threats to his life. In spite of the archaic language used in the dialog, a clear, precise narration by Cornelius Garrett moves the tale along smoothly. His changes in diction, accent, and tone enable the listener to keep the large number of characters differentiated. This program is highly recommended for libraries where historical fiction or the works of Heyer are popular. Barbara L. Rhodes, Northeast Texas Lib. Syst., Garland Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" -- Katie Fforde "My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" -- Margaret Drabble "A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" -- Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph "Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone" -- Diane Pearson "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" -- India Knight

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