Monday, 16 May 2011

Summer reading: ambition, fate and Huy

Pauline Gedge has established herself as one of the pre-eminent novelist writing about ancient Egypt. Her first book, in 1977, was Child of the Morning, a biographical saga about the controversial female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Gedge’s newest trilogy is likewise set during Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, but four generations later, at the pinnacle of its wealth and influence. A mesmerizing tale of ambition, fate and wisdom, The King’s Man is the long-awaited final volume in the series of the same name.

Her protagonist, the historical figure called Huy, was born a peasant in the northern village of Hut-herib, but thanks to his divine gifts and administrative skills, he has ascended as high as a commoner can

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