Georgette Heyer (1902-1974)

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Georgette Heyer was born in Wimbledon. Her father, George Heyer, was a teacher at King's College School and encouraged his daughter in her writing aspirations. Heyer was educated at seminary schools and Westminster College, London, but never passed any form of examination. In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier; they had one son. Rouguier was a mining engineer, and Heyer moved with him for three years to East Africa. From 1928 to 1929 they lived in Yugoslavia. In the early thirties they settled in England, following George Rougier's decision to become a barrister. Their son, born in 1932, also became a barrister and a Queen's Counsel. In the 1942 the Heyers moved from Sussex to London. Heyer wrote her first novel at the age of 17. The great majority of Heyer's books are historical romances. Her early novels were swashbuckling adventure stories. The Regency comedies sometimes used elements from crime stories or spy fiction. Heyer's witty romances set in the Regency period were well researched, and offer much information about the costume, social customs and forms of speech of that era. Among her last projects were the trilogy of John, Duke of Bedford, brother of Henry V. The work was not finished, Heyer died on July 4, 1974. The first volume was prepared for publication by her husband, who died on the following year.


Historical Novels:
The Black Moth  
Powder and Patch
The Great Roxhythe
Simon the Coldheart
These Old Shades 
The Masqueraders
The Conqueror
Devil's Cub
The Convenient Marriage  
Regency Buck
The Talisman Ring  
An Infamous Army  
Royal Escape  
The Spanish Bride
The Corinthian 
Faro's Daughter  
Friday's Child
The Reluctant Widow
The Foundling
The Grand Sophy  
The Quiet Gentleman  
The Toll-gate
Bath Tangle  
Sprig Muslin
April Lady
Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle
The Unknown Ajax  
Pistols for Two
A Civil Contract  
The Nonesuch
False Colors
The Black Sheep
Cousin Kate
Charity Girl  
Lady of Quality
My Lord John
Footsteps in the Dark
Why Shoot a Butler 
The Unfinished Clue
Death in the Stocks
Behold, Here's Poison
They Found Him Dead
A Blunt Instrument
No Wind of Blame
Envious Casca
Duplicate Death
Detection Unlimited


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