Gerald Rusgrove Mills
Gerald Rusgrove Mills was born on 3 January 1877 in Stourbridge as the eldest son of Harry Mills, a solicitor. He had a comfortable childhood. After attending Mason Science College (which later became the University of Birmingham) and Caius College, Cambridge, Mills started his association with publishing industry by joining the educational publishers Whitaker & Co. in London. He later joined the publisher Methuen & Co. as educational manager where he met his future collaborator Charles Boon who was then working as a sales manager. After working in Methuen & Co. for about 10 years, Mills and Boon joined together and founded their own firm Mills & Boon in 1908 with an initial investment of £1000.
In its early days, Mills & Boon was not an exclusive publisher of romantic fiction. The firm published several high-quality educational non-fiction titles. The company continued to publish such titles till the unexpected death of Mills in 1928. After Mills' death, Boon remade the company as a single-genre publishing house, publishing only romantic fiction.
Personal life and death
Gerald Mills married Rose Shawood Anderson in 1912; they had no children. He died on 23 September 1928