The Book

The Far Pavilions is an epic novel of British-Indian history by M.M. Kaye first published in 1978, which tells the story of an English officer during theBritish Raj. The novel, rooted deeply in the romantic epics of the 19th century, has been hailed as a masterpiece of storytelling. It is based partly on biographical writings of the author's grandfather as well as her knowledge of and childhood experiences in India. It sold millions of copies, caused travel agents to create tours that visited the locations in the book, and inspired a television adaptation and a musical play.

When The Far Pavilions was first published it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in "Gonewith the Wind."

From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M.M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an end. It is a passionate,triumphant story that excites us, fills us with joy, move us to tears, satisfies us deeply, and helps us remember just what it is we want most from a life.

The Author

MollieKaye author of Far Pavilions was born and grew up in India under the British Raj. After her education in England, she returned to India and married Goff Hamilton, an Officer in Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides.

She has spent fifteen years writing THE FAR PAVILIONS, during which she raised two daughters, fought a successful battle against cancer, and maintained a household for her family in Kenya, Northern Ireland, Germany, Egypt, and India.

She and her husbandnow live in the English countryside, not far from London.

The Movie


Far Pavilions the movie of the same name, shot almost entirely on site in India, starring Ben Cross and Amy Irving.

It's a passionate story of Forbidden Love, set in the 1800's during the revolution for India's freedom from Colonial Britain.

The film set in 19th century British colonial India, involved war battles, love, treachery and intrigue as well as love and honor involving a romance between a British cavalry officer and an Indian princess who has been promised in an arranged marriage to a despotic ruler.