Geoffry Morgan Pike
17 October 1929 |
Tottenham, Middlesex, England
|Occupation||Novelist and Cartoonist|
|Genre||Adventure novel, Historical novel|
|Notable works||Red Lotus|
Background and early years
Geoffrey Morgan Pike (who writes as Geoff Pike and Pai Kit Fai) is a British-born, naturalized Australian writer and cartoonist. He was born in Tottenham Middlesex, England on 17 October 1929. His parents are Mildred (Mim) and Robert Pike. He has two siblings, Anthony J. Pike and Peter Robert Pike.
At age 14 he entered training on the Navy ship Indefatigable, and went to sea in 1945 aged 15. In 1949, Pike emigrated to Australia where he worked in the outback breaking horses, felling trees and sailing aboard deep-sea trawlers before he signed on as an artistic director on many popular cartoons such as Beetle Bailey and Krazy Kat with American Paramount Studios. Unbearable Bear in T.V. Tours, an animated cartoon series for Artransa Park Television, featured a globe trotting koala with itchy feet.
Pike worked with Bryce Courtenay at McCann Erickson advertising agency, most notably on the Mortein advertisement, "Louie the Fly". Bryce wrote the jingle and Geoff created the cartoon and animation. He also created the animation for the McWilliams' monk advertisement and the popular Yowie characters featured in children's picture books and Cadbury's line of confectionery containing small plastic toys.
In 1977 Pike was diagnosed with throat cancer and learned the art of Chi Kung (also known as Quigong) and traditional Oriental medicine rather than surgery, beating cancer and becoming a master of Chi Kung and creating books and videos teaching others the philosophy and practice of aligning breath, physical activity and awareness for mental, spiritual and corporeal health.
In 1974 he published the first of many books, Henry Golightly: a story of the sea. Published by Angus and Robertson, it was the story of a Gweilo (caucasian foreigner) living in Macau and building a boat amongst the locals; a youthful search for adventure and love among the post-war wreckage of 1945 and the horror that was Hiroshima.
Pike now writes under the name Pai Kit Fai, which was given to him by his Chinese in-laws. Loosely translated, it means "White Person of Letters and Grand Ambition'. He has written two books under this nom de plume, The Concubine's Daughter and Red Lotus.
- Red Lotus (2010 – pseudonym – Pai Kit Fai)
- The Concubine’s Daughter (2009 – pseudonym – Pai Kit Fai)
- Tiger dawn (1997)
- The Second Sunrise (1995)
- Golightly Outback (1978)
- Golightly Adrift (1976)
- Henry Golightly: a story of the sea (1974)
- Ch’i: The Power Within. (1985)
- Ch’i:The Power is You (1985)
- Youth and Beauty Secrets of the Orient (1982)
- The Power of Ch’i (1980)
Children’s books, 1995–2001:
- Rumble the redgum Yowie
- Crag the mangrove Yowie
- Boof the bottlebrush Yowie
- Ditty the lillipilli Yowie
- Squish the fiddlewood Yowie
- Nap the honeygum Yowie
Children’s books, 1964: Around the world with Unbearable Bear series (adapted by Laurie Sharpe):
- Unbearable Bear in Boy Meets Bear
- Unbearable Bear in London
- Unbearable Bear in Ireland
- Unbearable bear in Scotland
Awards and honours
- Geoff Pike's Alibris page
- Geoff Pike's official site
- ABC's Life Matters: A Life Less Ordinary: Geoff Pike interview
- Macmillan USA Author page on Geoff Pike aka Pai Kit Fai
- Geoff Pike, Unbearable Bear in Boy Meets Bear (Sungravure 1964), p. 25
- Geoff Pike, Unbearable Bear in Boy Meets Bear (Sungravure 1964)
- Geoff Pike, Unbearable Bear in London (Sungravure 1964)
- Geoff Pike, Unbearable Bear in Ireland (Sungravure 1964)
- Geoff Pike, Unbearable Bear in Scotland (Sungravure 1964)