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Georgette Heyer

Image of Georgette HeyerGeorgette Heyer was born on 16th August 1902 at Wimbledon, London. She was the eldest of three children and the only girl, her brothers being Boris and Frank.

It was as a story for her brother Boris that she first wrote The Black Moth. Her father, George Heyer, impressed with his daughter's imagination, suggested that she prepare it to be published, which it was by Constable in 1921 when she was only nineteen.

She continued writing and in 1925 she married Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. After reasonable but not spectacular sales from her first few books the instant success of These Old Shades in 1926 brought her a solid source of income which was very necessary at the time, her father having died shortly before her wedding and her youngest brother needing financial support for his education.

In 1927 she joined her husband in Tanganyika where he was working and later went with him to Macedonia 'where she nearly died of an erratically administered anaesthetic in a dentist's chair' (PWGH).

By 1929 they were back in London. The success of These Old Shades had permitted Ronald Rougier to give up his mining work which he had never enjoyed. This success also prompted Heinemann to buy up and republish Georgette Heyer's earlier novels.

After Ronald had an unsuccessful venture in London, he and Georgette moved to Horsham in Sussex where in 1932 her son, Richard was born. Georgette Heyer was continuing to write and had started on a new genre, detective novels, in addition to her historical output. Her husband, eventually disatisfied with his new venture in Horsham and with the encouragement of his wife, started studying to be a barrister.

In 1939, after several more novels, Ronald had qualified for the bar with the need to be within easy reach of London the family moved to a service flat in Hove. Richard's education at private school was not cheap and as a junior barrister does not earn the fees of a more senior one, the family continued to rely to a large extent on the income from Georgette Heyer's writing.

In 1942 they moved back to London, to chambers in the Albany which was to become their home for 24 years. Efforts to satisfy the tax authorities were to plague her for many years as the harsh rules then applying in a war-torn Britain, and even long after the war, took their toll but when her husband became a QC in 1959 and it must have taken some of the pressure off her.

Georgette Heyer's relationship with her publisher, Heinemann, had always been personal and soon after the Managing Director A. S. Frere left she moved to The Bodley Head. Her output of historical novels continued but she was now 60 and her own health was starting to be a little erratic. More tax problems loomed and the income from her new American publishers, Duttons, must have been welcome.

In 1966, when the lease expired on their rooms at The Albany they moved to a flat in Jermyn Street, London. Books continued to be written but the flow was stemmed by deteriorating health and she died on 4th July, 1974.

The above brief chronology is almost entirely derived from Jane Aiken Hodge's 'The Private World of Georgette Heyer', a biography and detailed account of the background to her novels.

These further resources are believed still to be active:
The Eileen Kendall mailing list for Georgette Heyer used to have a companion site at the end of this link for Heyer enthusiasts.
Laurie Osborne had a site with many examples of Georgette Heyer artwork
Sally Houghton owns Georgette-Heyer.com - an information site with numerous further information links

 

The following is a list of the UK works of Georgette Heyer in date order, not a list of the books we are offering for sale. For the the titles we currently have in stock see here

Original works


	Title page from 1st UK Constable edition	The Black Moth
First issue date: 1921
Genre/Series: Historical novel - late 18th Century
Publisher: Constable, London
Notes: Later re-issued by Heinemann in 1929 but the earlier publishing history by Constable is not credited in Heinemann issues,

US Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Title page from 1st UK Constable edition


	UK Heinemann uniform edition style but believed only issued in Australia	The Great Roxhythe
First issue date: 1923
Genre/Series: Historical novel - late 17th Century
Publisher: Hutchinson, London
Notes: Later re-issued by Heinemann in 1929 but then suppressed by the author (ref: PWGH p24)

US Publisher: Small Maynard, 1923

UK Heinemann uniform edition style but believed only issued in Australia


	UK uniform edition	Powder and Patch (originally The Transformation of Philip Jettan)
First issue date: 1923
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Mills and Boon, London
Notes: Author Stella Martin (pseud) - later re-issued by Heinemann in 1930 and renamed Powder and Patch and with the original final chapter deleted (ref: PWGH p25),

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1968

UK uniform edition


	From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title	Instead of the Thorn
First issue date: 1923
Genre/Series: Contemporary fiction novel
Publisher: Hutchinson, London
Notes: Dedicated to girlhood friend Joanna Cannan. Re-issued by Longman 1929, suppressed by the author in later years (ref: PWGH p18),

US Publisher: Small Maynard, 1924

From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title


	UK 1929 reprint	Simon the Coldheart
First issue date: 1925
Genre/Series: Historical novel - early 15th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes: Suppressed by the author in later years (ref: PWGH p24) but re-issued in 1978 after her death with a new foreword by her son,

US Publisher: Small Maynard, 1925

UK 1929 reprint


	UK 1929 reprint	These Old Shades
First issue date: 1926
Genre/Series: Historical novel - mid 18th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes: The first instantly popular novel which established her as an author

US Publisher: Small Maynard (Dutton, New York, 1966)

UK 1929 reprint


	From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title	Helen
First issue date: 1928
Genre/Series: Contemporary fiction novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes: Suppressed by the author in later years (ref: PWGH p18)

US Publisher: Longmans, New York

From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title


	UK uniform edition	The Masqueraders
First issue date: 1928
Genre/Series: Historical novel - mid 18th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

UK uniform edition


	UK 1940 reprint	Beauvallet
First issue date: 1929
Genre/Series: Historical novel - late 16th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

UK 1940 reprint


	From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title	Pastel
First issue date: 1929
Genre/Series: Contemporary fiction novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes: Suppressed by the author in later years (ref: PWGH p18)

From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title


	From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title	Barren Corn
First issue date: 1930
Genre/Series: Contemporary fiction novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes: Suppressed by the author in later years (ref: PWGH p18)

From promotional blurb on dustwrapper of another Longman's title


	UK uniform edition	The Conqueror
First issue date: 1931
Genre/Series: Historical novel - 11th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1966

UK uniform edition


	UK uniform edition	Devil's Cub
First issue date: 1932
Genre/Series: Historical novel - late 18th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1966

UK uniform edition


	1980's UK paperback	Footsteps in the Dark
First issue date: 1932
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes:

1980's UK paperback


	1980's UK paperback	Why Shoot a Butler?
First issue date: 1933
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann, 1966,

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1976

1980's UK paperback


	UK uniform edition	The Convenient Marriage
First issue date: 1934
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1966

UK uniform edition


	Heinemann issue	The Unfinished Clue
First issue date: 1934
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann, 1966

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1970

Heinemann issue


	Longman's 1936 reprint	Death in the Stocks
First issue date: 1935
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Longman, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann 1952

US Title (If different): Merely Murder
US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York (In original UK title by Dutton, New York, 1970)

Longman's 1936 reprint


	UK uniform edition	Regency Buck
First issue date: 1935
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, 1966

UK uniform edition


	1980's UK paperback	Behold, Here's Poison
First issue date: 1936
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann, 1953

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1936

1980's UK paperback


	UK uniform edition	The Talisman Ring
First issue date: 1936
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

UK uniform edition


	1st UK edition	An Infamous Army
First issue date: 1937
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes: Includes what is regarded as one of the best researched accounts in fiction or non-fiction of the Battle of Waterloo (ref: PWGH p52)

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1938

1st UK edition


	Heinemann issue	They Found Him Dead
First issue date: 1937
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann, 1952

Heinemann issue


	Heinemann edition reprint	A Blunt Instrument
First issue date: 1938
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann, 1954

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1940

Heinemann edition reprint


	UK uniform edition	Royal Escape
First issue date: 1938
Genre/Series: Historical novel - late 17th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1939

UK uniform edition


	Heinemann reprint	No Wind of Blame
First issue date: 1939
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann 1952

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1939 (Dutton, New York, 1970)

Heinemann reprint


	UK uniform edition	The Spanish Bride
First issue date: 1940
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1965

UK uniform edition


	UK uniform edition	The Corinthian
First issue date: 1940
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Title (If different): Beau Wyndham
US Publisher: Doubleday (in original UK title by Dutton, 1966)

UK uniform edition


	1960's UK paperback	Envious Casca
First issue date: 1941
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, London
Notes: Re-issued by Heinemann, 1955

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1941

1960's UK paperback


	UK uniform edition	Faro's Daughter
First issue date: 1941
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1942

UK uniform edition


	1st UK edition	Penhallow
First issue date: 1942
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes: The rationing of paper and printing inks as a result of wartime restrictions meant that this and subsequent titles appeared in plain jackets and on poor quality paper

US Publisher: Doubleday Doran, New York, 1943 (Dutton, New York, 1971)

1st UK edition


	UK uniform edition	Friday's Child
First issue date: 1944
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1946

UK uniform edition


	1st UK edition	The Reluctant Widow
First issue date: 1946
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

1st UK edition


	UK uniform edition	The Foundling
First issue date: 1948
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

UK uniform edition


	1st UK edition	Arabella
First issue date: 1949
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

1st UK edition


	UK uniform edition	The Grand Sophy
First issue date: 1950
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1950

UK uniform edition


	1975 UK paperback edition	Duplicate Death
First issue date: 1951
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1969

1975 UK paperback edition


	1st UK edition	The Quiet Gentleman
First issue date: 1951
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1951

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Cotillion
First issue date: 1953
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1953

1st UK edition


	UK 1st edition	Detection Unlimited
First issue date: 1953
Genre/Series: Crime novel
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1969

UK 1st edition


	UK uniform edition	The Toll-Gate
First issue date: 1954
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1954

UK uniform edition


	1st UK edition	Bath Tangle
First issue date: 1955
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1955

1st UK edition


	UK uniform edition	Sprig Muslin
First issue date: 1956
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1956

UK uniform edition


	1st UK edition	April Lady
First issue date: 1957
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes: The proof copy of the first edition was issued and dated 1956 on verso title

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1957

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Sylvester: or The Wicked Uncle
First issue date: 1957
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1957

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Venetia
First issue date: 1958
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1958

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	The Unknown Ajax
First issue date: 1959
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Pistols for Two
First issue date: 1960
Genre/Series: Regency fiction, 11 short stories
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes: Contents: Pistols for Two; A Clandestine Affair (1st appearance); Bath Miss; Pink Domino; A Husband for Fanny; To Have the Honour; Night at the Inn; The Duel; Hazard; Snowdrift; Full Moon

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1964

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	A Civil Contract
First issue date: 1961
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Putnam, New York, 1961

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	The Nonesuch
First issue date: 1962
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Heinemann, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1963

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	False Colours
First issue date: 1963
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1964

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Frederica
First issue date: 1965
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1965

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Black Sheep
First issue date: 1966
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1967

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Cousin Kate
First issue date: 1968
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1968

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Charity Girl
First issue date: 1970
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1970

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Lady of Quality
First issue date: 1972
Genre/Series: Regency novel - early 19th Century
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1972

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	My Lord John
First issue date: 1975
Genre/Series: Historical novel - late 14th/early 15th Centuries
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes:

US Publisher: Dutton, New York, 1975

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Pursuit (in The Queens Book of the Red Cross)
First issue date: 1939
Genre/Series: Regency fiction, short story
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, London
Notes: This book was a fund raising volume for nursing charities published shortly after the outbreak of WW2, of stories and illustrations by many popular authors and artists of the day and includes an otherwise unpublished Georgette Heyer short story

1st UK edition


Related works - NOT exclusively UK


	1st UK edition	The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge
First issue date: 1984
Genre/Series: Biography
Publisher: Bodley Head, London
Notes: A comprehensive illustrated biography of the author

1st UK edition


	1st UK edition	Georgette Heyer's Regency England by Teresa Chris
First issue date: 1989
Genre/Series: Bibliographical history
Publisher: Sidgwick and Jackson, London
Notes: An account of the buildings and customs of London, Bath, etc. with frequent references to Georgette Heyer's novels and characters, illustrated by Arthur Barbosa

1st UK edition


	Only known edition (US)	The Regency Companion by Sharon Laudermil and Teresa Hamlin
First issue date: 1989
Genre/Series: Regency Social History
Publisher: Garland Publishing, New York
Notes: Obliquely related but a wealth of Regency information. Contains: The London Season; The Fashionable Lady; The Fashionable Gentleman; Romance, Courtship and Marriage; How They Played; How They Lived; The Rest of the Year; The Horse; The Real World and the Real People; A Dictionary Guide to Rude and Vulgar Slang and Cant

Only known edition (US)


	US edition	Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective by Mary Fahnestock-Thomas
First issue date: 2001
Genre/Series: Criticism plus
Publisher: Prinny World Press, Alabama
Notes: Compilation of book reviews (dating from 1921-1989), articles, movie and theater reviews about Heyer's work plus 3 short stories and 3 essays written by Georgette Heyer which have never before been published in the U.S.

US edition


	1st UK edition	Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester
First issue date: 2005
Genre/Series: Regency Social History
Publisher: William Heinemann, London
Notes: A guide to Georgette Heyer's social world, how her heroes, heroinnes and villains ate, drank, dressed and socialized, and the world around them

1st UK edition


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