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.
“Heyer's devotees will be charmed by this engaging tour of the author's world. Kloester wisely allows all facets of Heyer's personality to emerge, depicting a feisty, humorous, accomplished woman who is more interesting than her own fictional characters.”
Kathy Blumenstock, Washington Post Book Reviews
“The narrative is enlivened by Ms. Kloester's plentiful slices from Heyer herself. The secret to her productivity? "I keep going on gin and Dexedrine." Her reaction to being plagiarized by the "slightly illiterate" Barbara Cartland? "I would rather by far that a common thief broke in and stole all the silver."”
Alexandra Mullen, Hudson Review