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The definitive biography of one of Britain’s best-loved novelists.

Georgette Heyer’s first novel, The Black Moth, was written when she was just nineteen in order to amuse her convalescent brother. It was published in 1921 to instant success, and in the ninety years since then her work has been read and beloved by millions of readers and extolled by today’s bestselling authors from writers of contemporary classics through to romantic comedies. In Georgette Heyer, Biography of a Bestseller, Jennifer Kloester has written a meticulously researched, engaging and comprehensive portrait of The Queen of Regency Romance that will appeal to Georgette Heyer’s many fans and curious new readers alike.


An engaging portrait of a novelist beloved of four generations. A must for those wishing to explore the life of the queen of Regency romance.

Daily Express, 4/5 stars

All lovers of the great Heyer, inventor of the Regency Romance, will love this superb biography of a very private woman.

Saga magazine

Jennifer Kloester’s book is an exhaustive and detailed biography which is quite as gripping as The Regency Buck or The Corinthian. Recognition at last.

Country Life

This should be read on creative-writing courses everywhere.

Sunday Times

A compelling study of a fascinating life. Jennifer Kloester has opened the door on one of the most private literary icons of the past century, one whose works made and continue to make a lasting impression on readers worldwide. Meticulously researched and supported, Kloester's study is both sympathetic and exact, and paints a finely detailed portrait of the woman behind the books. An engaging, intriguing, absorbing read - history is rarely this entertaining!

Stephanie Laurens, #1 New York Times bestselling historical romance author

Heyer’s devotees will be charmed by this engaging tour of the author’s world.

Washington Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2013


    480 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • EBook


    December 1, 2011

    Cornerstone Digital

    480 pages

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