M.M. Kaye

in Shimla, India
August 21, 1908

January 29, 2004


M. M. Kaye (Mary Margaret) was born in India and spent her early childhood and much of her early-married life there. Her family ties with the country are strong: her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the British Raj. After India's independence, her husband, Major-General Goff Hamilton of Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (the famous Indian Army regiment featured in The Far Pavilions), joined the British Army and for the next nineteen years M. M. Kaye followed the drum to Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Germany.
M. M. Kaye won worldwide fame for The Far Pavilions, which became a worldwide best-seller on publication in 1978. This was followed by Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind. She also wrote and illustrated The Ordin

Average rating: 4.16 · 67,507 ratings · 3,913 reviews · 27 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Far Pavilions

4.21 avg rating — 39,429 ratings — published 1978 — 18 editions
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The Ordinary Princess

4.19 avg rating — 12,500 ratings — published 1980 — 30 editions
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Shadow of the Moon

4.21 avg rating — 3,814 ratings — published 1956 — 11 editions
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Trade Wind

3.97 avg rating — 2,765 ratings — published 1963 — 11 editions
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Death in Kashmir

3.95 avg rating — 1,746 ratings — published 1953 — 25 editions
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Death in Zanzibar

3.84 avg rating — 1,477 ratings — published 1959 — 22 editions
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Death in Cyprus

3.92 avg rating — 1,271 ratings — published 1956 — 18 editions
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Death in Kenya

3.88 avg rating — 1,256 ratings — published 1958 — 20 editions
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Death in Berlin

3.89 avg rating — 1,062 ratings — published 1955 — 22 editions
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Death in the Andamans

3.93 avg rating — 993 ratings — published 1960 — 21 editions
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The Sun in the Morning: My ... Golden Afternoon Enchanted Evening
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4.26 avg rating — 570 ratings

“Common sense will nearly always stand you in better stead than a slavish adherence to the conventions.”
M.M. Kaye, Shadow of the Moon

“...for though she was ordinary, she possessed health, wit, courage, charm, and cheerfulness. But because she was not beautiful, no one ever seemed to notice these other qualities, which is so often the way of the world.”
M.M. Kaye, The Ordinary Princess

“This story was written many moons ago under an apple tree in an orchard in Kent, which is one of England's prettiest counties . . . I had read at least twenty of the [fairy tales] when I noticed something that had never struck me before--I suppose because I had always taken it for granted. All the princesses, apart from such rare exceptions as Snow White, were blond, blue-eyed, and beautiful, with lovely figures and complexions and extravagantly long hair. This struck me as most unfair, and suddenly I began to wonder just how many handsome young princes would have asked a king for the hand of his daughter if that daughter had happened to be gawky, snub-nosed, and freckled, with shortish mouse-colored hair? None, I suspected. They would all have been of chasing after some lissome Royal Highness with large blue eyes and yards of golden hair and probably nothing whatever between her ears! It was in that moment that a story about a princess who turned out to be ordinary jumped into my mind, and the very next morning I took my pencil box and a large rough-notebook down to the orchard and, having settled myself under an apple tree in full bloom, began to write . . . the day was warm and windless and without a cloud in the sky. A perfect day and a perfect place to write a fairy story.”
M. M. Kaye, The Ordinary Princess


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