If you’ve never read Georgette Heyer, can I just say that you may be missing out! Often confused with Mills & Boon, Heyer wrote these ‘regency romances’ 1920s onwards, the history in them is deeply researched, and the novels chuckle along without loads of random salaciousness that every M&B seems to feel the need to chuck in.
Holidays are typically a time when I may pick a Heyer novel up, and I have been known to work my way through the whole lot, including the ‘contemporary crime novels’, but this time I seem to have stopped after These Old Shades (one of Heyer’s earliest novels), Devil’s Cub (the sequel), and The Masqueraders … (set shortly after the Jacobite rebellion). I may have mentioned Heyer on my blog before, including the academic conference I went to on the topic!
Interesting to note that 2/3 novels that I picked up are ones in which involve cross-dressing – which you can read more about in Lisa Fletcher’s chapter on ‘Mere Costumery‘.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.