Pauline Gedge is one of the popular Canadian author who is well known for several successful novels based on the historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction genres. She is particularly famous for her trilogy novel series, The King’s Man and the Lords of the Two Lands. Pauline has written 13 novels till now, which have together sold a total of 6 million printed copies all over the world. Her novels have been translated into more than 18 foreign languages all over the world. Author Pauline Gedge was born on December 11, 1945 in Auckland, New Zealand as the eldest of three sisters. She migrated to England with her family at the age of 6 years. At that time, her father wanted to study about the Anglican ministry after retiring from his job as a policeman. The place where Pauline’s family lived was a very dilapidated and ancient cottage, located in the heart of the Buckinghamshire woodland.
Later, they moved to a small village called Great Haseley in Oxfordshire. Pauline grew up in the countryside, where she played and observed her surroundings and also learned to love passionately. She even wrote about her feelings and the different moods of the countryside. Author Pauline attended the Oxford Central School for Girls at the age of 11, as her father had joined Oxford as a parish in the year 1956. She was that the school was nothing more than a torture for her. Pauline was very good in her academics, but lacked a major interest in mathematics. She believed that she did not have any connection with the ridiculous symbols and the number mazes. However, she liked everything that was interpreted and expressed through words.
Pauline liked the subject of chemistry very much because she liked the magic that the chemicals and crystals allowed her to produce. Pauline was also interested in music and took lessons to play violin and piano. In the year 1959, she moved to Canada along with her family as her father had accepted a parish in Manitoba. There, Pauline was made to join a boarding school. She considers it to be the most miserable experience of her life. Then she joined the Brandon College at the Manitoba University in the year 1961. At that time, Pauline was told that her sister Anne was dying due to a deadly disease and because Anne wanted to die in her own country, the family moved back to New Zealand. Soon after, Pauline began working as a substitute teacher in the South Island. After attending a Teachers’ Training Program in the year 1964, she showed an interest in writing novels. But, due to her studies, she did not get any time. Author Pauline also wanted to stay at home and indulge in her hobby of reading and writing.
Then at the age of 18, she met her first husband and after marrying him, she returned to Canada in the year 1966. Pauline began working in Edmonton at a daycare. In the year 1972, she got divorced and moved to Edgerton, a village to the east of Edmonton, along with her two sons. It was during this time that author Pauline attempted to the first novel of her writing career. Pauline decided to present her novel in a novel competition in Alberta. Her novel received the 4th place among the 98 entries in the competition and did not get any prize. But, the encouraging comments from the judges and her family members motivated Pauline to try and write the second novel of her career, which did not do well. It was in the year 1981 that she received some success in her writing career by writing the novel, Child of the Morning. This novel depicted the story of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty Pharaoh named Hatshepsut. It helped Pauline to win a prestigious competition and also allowed her to grab a publishing deal with the Macmillan publishing house in Canada. And from then on, Pauline did not look back and continued with her prosperous writing career.
The King’s Man series written by author Pauline Gedge consists of a total of 3 novels published between the years 2007 and 2010. The first novel of the series was published under the title ‘The Twice Born’ and was released by the Penguin publishing house in the year 2007. The plot of this novel is set in Egypt and revolves around the life of the primary character named Huy. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, a young Huy and his family are depicted as getting cheerful after learning that his uncle has offered to pay for his studies at a famous school in Iunu. Because of the generosity of his uncle, Huy will now get a chance to live a better life, even though he was the son of a farmer. But, when he reaches the school, he finds that the other pupils are jealous of his easy success. Later, he becomes a victim of the vicious attack planned by his fellow pupils that leaves him almost dead. When he makes his return back to life, he seems to have a vision about the deaths of the people around him. But, the priests think that his powers might be the key for interpreting the book called Thoth. Eventually, Huy gets the attention of Pharaoh Amenhotep. As a result, he realizes that his powers are real, and that he should not take them for granted. He understands that he is owned by his powers and does not remain his own master any more. In fact, he becomes the King’s Man.
The second novel of The King’s Man series written by author Pauline Gedge was released in the year 2008 by the Penguin Books publishing house. It was titled ‘Seer of Egypt’ and continues to depict the main characters in the form of Huy and Pharaoh Amenhotep. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, it is shown that Huy has risen to become the King’s Seer. Yet, the patronage of Amenhotep appears to be a blessing as well as a curse to him. He feels that he is imprisoned because of the gift that Thoth has given him and does not seem interested in living such a life. Even though he gets rewarded with a lot of influence and wealth by the Pharaoh, Huy seems desperate to experience the pleasures of the common people around him. Particularly, Huy wants to feel the pleasure of love because he thinks that he has lost it forever. However, he is required to follow the orders of the king whenever he calls for help. Seeing that he has no other choice that to obey the commands of the King, Huy realizes that the life that he previously had is getting lost forever, whereas his contribution to the history of Egypt is just getting started.
Books in order of publication by series:
Lady Of The Reeds Books
|Lady of the Reeds||(1994)|
|House of Illusions||(2007)|
Lords Of The Two Lands Books
|The Hippopotamus Marsh||(1999)|
|The Horus Road||(2000)|
King’s Man Trilogy Books
|The Twice Born||(2007)|
|Seer of Egypt||(2008)|
|The King’s Man||(2011)|
|Child of the Morning||(1977)|
|The Eagle and the Raven||(1978)|
|The Twelfth Transforming||(1984)|
|Scroll of Saqqara||(1990)|