Re-Reading Books: An Ode to Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer

Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer

Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer is, without a doubt, my favourite book. I’ve re-read it so many times that I can nearly quote it and yet it never fails to make my laugh out loud or feel warm and fuzzy inside. Better than a box of chocolates, this is the book I turn to when I’ve had a bad day, or a good day, or a day… In fact, I love this book, and Heyer, so much that I defied the advice of my University Lecturers and wrote my MA dissertation on Heyer, Austen and Romance Fiction. Heyer, I argued, is the gift that truly keeps on giving! Fridayy's Child by Georgette Heyer Which is why I’ve been hesitant to review my favourite book and favourite author here (this still isn’t technically a review!). Anyone who loves to read will recognise the emotional attachment you form with books you love. That’s definitely the case for Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer and I. I first read this book on a megabus, travelling to a tall ships race I was about to take part in. I re-read it twice on that trip and have lost count of the times  I’ve done so again in the years that have followed. In fact I’m on to my second copy, after having to give up on my first when it literally disintegrated! Friday’s Child was picked amongst my prize books to make the journey to University with me, and re-packed as one of the books to come home with me when I finished. I JUST LOVE IT! Fangirling aside, I’m not the only person to think this about Friday’s Child. Heyer herself, famously reclusive and depreciating of her work, kept only one fan letter – it was about Friday’s Child. This novel, the author of the letter explained, had helped keep the hope and sanity intact of a Romanian political prisoner and her cell mates. They had told and re-told the story whilst in captivity for twelve years. If anything tells you the power of this book it’s that fact and that’s why I chose it as my first ‘Re-read Challenge’ post. Pico Iyer on Re-Reading The quote above sums up why I re-read books. I think that’s  such a beautiful way to describe why re-reading books is important. Yes the text never changes, but the way you read a book always will. I’ve read Friday’s Child probably over 30 times, which seems an exorbitant amount to spend reading one book if you add up the hours. But to me, in a way, this book is just like the quote says – an old friend that stays the same, no matter how much I, or my life, changes. And I think that’s lovely. Do you re-read books? Or Do you have a favourite book that’s been with you through thick and thin?


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  • I could not agree more! Re-reading is a great pleasure and important one too – it teaches us a lot about ourselves, how we change, or stay the same. It comforts us when we are stressed or sad…That’s why I joined The Re-read challenge in early January. When I was studying I didn’t have time to re-read, now I often feel so much pressure not to stay behind on the latest bestsellers, prize winners etc. that I censor myself when I feel like re-reading. So silly! I will add Friday’s Child to my TBR (I’ve never read anything by Georgette Heyer); you make such a convincing case for it! But first I will let myself re-read one of my good, old favourites. Thank you for this post

    • That’s exactly it, sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up with a book that you love and re-discovering it. Sometimes you re-read a book that was important to you in one stage of life and then realise you no longer identify with it, and other times you read a book you previously hated and find that actually there’s a time, and place and a certain amount of life experience you need before a book is RIGHT. I love how much personal growth influences how you read a book!

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