Anne Golon (born December 19, 1921, Toulon) is a French author, better known to English speaking readers as Sergeanne Golon. She has written a series of novels about a heroine Angelique.
Her real name is Simone Changeux. She was born in Toulon, a port in south-eastern France. Her father, Pierre Changeux, was a scientist and a captain in the French Navy. From early childhood she was interested in painting and writing. She published her first novel, "The Country from behind my Eyes" when she was 18 under the pen name Joëlle Danterne. During the war she travelled on her bicycle through France to Spain. She wrote using different pen-names, helped to create France Magazine and was awarded a literary prize for The Patrol of the Saint Innocents. She was sent to Africa as a journalist, where she met Vsevolod Sergeïvich Goloubinoff, her future husband, Serge Golon. They published "Angélique, Marquise of the Angels" in 1956, the first book in the series. The book was an overnight success. In 1964 two films were made by Bernard Borderie, where the actress Michèle Mercier played Angelique, and Robert Hossein - her husband Joffrey de Peyrac.
In 1972 Anne and Serge Golon went to Canada to continue their research. In 1972, as Anne wrote Angélique and the Ghosts, Serge died.
Anne carried on writing and brought up her four children at the same time. Four volumes were written up to 1985 the latest one to date being Angélique's Victory. Anne Golon was reduced to a state close to poverty by a law suit with the French publisher Hachette for the abuse of copyright and her unpaid royalties. She has won her battle over publishing rights to her Angélique stories. After a legal battle in France lasting nearly a decade, she has finally reached an agreement which makes her the sole owner of the works.
* Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels
* Angélique: The Road to Versailles
* Angélique and the King
* Angélique and the Sultan
* Angélique in Revolt
* Angélique in Love
* The Countess Angélique
* The Temptation of Angélique
* Angélique and the Demon
* Angélique and the Ghosts
The novela are primarily set in the time of Louis XIV in France, although some books are set in Morocco or the new lands of America.
When originally published in France, the books were credited to Serge and Anne Golon - Anne being the Author and husband Serge having done much of the historical research. The two names were merged by the British publishers when the books were translated.