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Book Title: The Amateur Gentleman|
The author of the book: Jeffery Farnol
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 334 KB
Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: August 1978
ISBN 13: 9780553118926
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Reader ratings: 4.7
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This is a regency comedy romance. It has a lot of the plot devices which I normally hate (e.g. fantastic coincidences and it's sentimental in places). However Jeffery Farnol obviously had his tongue in his cheek the whole time he was writing this so they made me laugh rather than annoying me. Actually I think he was parodying the romance literature of the late 19th/early 20th century but I haven't read enough of that literature to be sure. His chapter headings make it clear that he didn't take the book at all seriously and he was having a laugh with the reader. I was recommended his books because I like Georgette Heyer's books and he is credited with creating the regency romance genre along with her. I think Georgette Heyer is more accessible for todays readers (which is probably why she is still popular) but if any GH fans want to try his books I think it's worth it if you can get them easily and cheaply (some have been re-printed recently). Watch out though he writes swashbucklers along with the regency romances so check the synopsis.
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John Jeffery Farnol was born in Aston, Birmingham, England, UK, son of Kate Jeffery and Henry John Farnol, a factory-employed brass-founder. The marriage had three more children, two boys and a girl. He was brought up in London and Kent. He attended the Westminster School of Art, after he had lost his job in a Birmingham metal-working firm.
In 1900, he married Blanche Wilhelmina Victoria Hawley (1883–1955), the 16 years old daughter of the noted New York scenic artist H. Hughson Hawley; they moved to the United States, where he found work as a scene painter. The marriage had a daughter, Gillian Hawley. He returned to England around 1910, and settled in Eastbourne, Sussex. In 1938, he divorced and remarried with Phyllis Mary Clarke on 20 May, and adopted her daughter, Charmian Jane.
On 9 August 1952, he died aged 73 in Eastbourne, after a long battle with cancer.
Farnol published his first romance novel My Lady Caprice in 1907. The success of his early novels led Farnol to become a professional writer. He produced around 40 novels and volumes of stories, and some non-fiction and children's books. His last book was completed by his second wife Phyllis.
Two of his early books, The Amateur Gentleman and The Broad Highway, have been issued in a version edited by romance novelist Barbara Cartland.
The Life & Times of Jeffery Farnol: http://www.violetbooks.com/farnol-bio...
French spelling "Jeffrey Farnol"
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