The Unknown Ajax

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Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is governed by Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family is never permitted to mention. Yet nobody in the family is prepared for the arrival of the weaver's brat and heir apparent...
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Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is governed by Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family is never permitted to mention. Yet nobody in the family is prepared for the arrival of the weaver's brat and heir apparent...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399113482
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1974
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Black Moth, at the age of seventeen to amuse her convalescent brother; it was published in 1921 and became an instant success.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a barrister, and they had one son, Richard.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Have enjoyed Georgette Heyer's Regency romances since high school in the '70's.

    One of the few authors I collect, as I enjoy reading her books again and again, over time. Clever, sometimes suble dialogue, engaging charactors who you actually care about - her books are classics.
    Written when romance WAS romance, not thinly disguised lust and soft porn. I've read more "modern" authors, but no one even comes close.

    The Unknown Ajax is a unapologetic man's man who verbally tweaks the nose of the stuck-up relatives he's come to see. He doesn't let the opinions of others bother him a bit, and finds humor in the whole situation. The love he meets is at first resistant to the pressure brought to bear on her to marry him, but as she comes to know him, she realizes he's tender and reliable, and unsure of her heart. Is he too good to be true?

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    Interesting Characters

    I enjoyed this book as I do most of Georgette Heyer's books. Her character development is excellent. She brings to the fore many of the class distinctions and prejudices of the Regency era which is enlightening to the people of the 20-21st century, especially Americans. All the while, she's telling a humorous Jane Austin style story of "Pride and Prejudice".

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

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    Not Heyer's Best Work

    I love Georgette Heyer. I have made my way through all but three of her books now and this one I have to say is not one of her better works. The female lead leaves much to be desired and although the story should have worked well since the plot was very orignal, it almost seemed at times to be a chore to get through the book. If you are a Heyer fan, definitely give it a try, but don't expect it to live up to some of her other works. And if you would like to try Heyer, don't make this your first choice since it doesn't even come close to representing the brilliance of her work. On a positive side, as with all Heyer books, it was a clean and humorous love story and her detail of the era really helps you to feel like you are there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Angela shikany

    I've read all her books. This is one of my favorites. Not only do I love our hero I'm really partial to all his cousins too.The mystery and exciting ending, the humor, just wonderful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    This is one of my all time favorite Heyer books. I lent this to

    This is one of my all time favorite Heyer books. I lent this to a friend and she said that she laughed out loud for ten minutes over the final climax of the book. The nonsensical dialogue and delightful characters are wonderful and Hugo is one of my favorite Heyer heros. I have had to replace this book as my original paperback was falling apart - as are many of my Heyer books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 23, 2014

    Tito Misty

    She paded in.

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    Posted January 4, 2014

    Ciarra

    This is really cool! Keep going!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Flower's Capture Chapter Four by Violet

    Violet snapped a few pictures with her new Nixon camera that she got for her birthday. "Hmmm, what's that?" she thought as she picked up a bracelet with a note on it. She looked around, and two other notes were on the ground a little farther ahead. She looked up after picking up the last note, visibly the newest, and a strange whirring sound broke the sweet silence of the forest. There was a girl that looked exactly like her! This girl did not seem to see her, and the girl glanced around confidently and clicked her tongue. Dahlia and Mari were there! "Hey guys!" She called out. Suddenly Mari's eyes turned red. "Target has spoken," a robotic voice laid under Mari's real voice said. The girl that looked like her smiled. "Well, now Violet you are coming with us." Violet wanted to retort but her voice was gone. That girl had stolen her voice! Mari and Dahlia advanced on her with rope. Dahlia wrenched Violet's wrists together and tied them while Mari did the same with her feet. Violet squirmed but to no avail. These... things as she decided to call them pulled a large scratchy bag over her head and tied the opening closed. Violet was slung onto a back and a rough journey began as she blacked out from the... chloroform?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 2, 2013

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    Great Author!

    Georgette Heyer is one of the best authoresses in the past two centuries. This book about an unknown and unwanted heir is a fabulous mix with intrigue, smuggling, humour, and a dash of romance. If you enjoy a great read and a good story, this is a book for you!

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Fun

    Alot of humor in a very enjoyable story.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    This is one of my favorites of Heyer’s books, which is say

    This is one of my favorites of Heyer’s books, which is saying quite a lot. I like both of the leads, but Hugo is especially delightful and full of surprises. The way he and his family carry off the climax of the story keep me glued to the page every time I read, even though I know exactly what will happen.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    on my favorite books list

    I first read this book over 30 years ago. It has some slow places but is worth the read. The story shows what can happen when criminals are raised to the level of heroes in children's stories. The children accept the criminal behavoir as right and good when the adults were only trying to be entertaining. I always try to have a copy on hand.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Unknown Ajax

    Like all Georgette Heyer's books it is witty and very well written. I love all her books. You should also try her mysteries.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    WHAT'S WITH THE INFO ON THE ORDER PAGE?

    Georgette Heyer, mistress of the regency romance, always is entertaining. But the page has information on an entirely different book, about a doctor and it's suppossed to be a Christian something or other. Please review the page and reform.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    Unknown Ajax is known to be GREAT!

    Whether it is the plot, the characters or just the setting, this is one of Georgette Heyer's best. I thought I knew where the plot would have to go, even concerning the youngster's actions, but the twists and turns were totally up to Ms. Heyer's best. The humor was especially enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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