Who is she?
Georgette Heyer (August 16 1902 - July 4 1974, pictured left) was an amazingly prolific writer who created the Regency England genre of romance novels.
Although Jane Austen published during this period (1811 - 1820), she was writing contemporaneously while Heyer was making very well-researched historical fiction, full of all you could ever want: romance, fashion, upper classes, cross-dressing, arranged marriages, murder, intrigue, cant language, sarcasm and humour!
Walk into any second-hand bookshop and they will know her name and may even know that she wrote her third book under the pseudonym of Stella Martin. In fact, you usually find that many people have read at least one of her books. So just why do so many people enjoy her books? Articles/Essays by the following people try to explain:
For an excellent biography, read The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge, or for a quick reference guide try The Georgette Heyer Compendium by Harmony Raine. A Book for All Reasons has a chronological listing of Heyer's published works and if you want to experience more of the period and reminisce over the novels, then you can't go past Georgette Heyer's Regency England by Teresa Chris, complete with walking tours of London and Bath.
If you are a Heyer addict and want to join in some discussions of her books and what you liked best/worst, think about joining the Georgette Heyer Listserv. The Listserv also has a repository of, among many other pages, a list of cant expressions that Heyer uses.
25th October 2007: Sir Richard Rougier DiedSir Richard Rougier (Heyer's son) died on Thursday, 25th October 2007, aged 75. Read his obituary in the Telegraph.