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Ken Follett

Biography

Ken Follett

Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 30 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a fellow of the college in 1995.

Ken’s project, the Century Trilogy, has sold 19.5 million copies worldwide. The three books tell the story of the 20th century through five generations on three continents.

Ken’s first major success came with the publication of EYE OF THE NEEDLE in 1978. A World War II thriller set in England, this book earned him the 1979 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. It remains one of his most popular books.

Ken has been active in numerous literacy charities and was the president of Dyslexia Action for 10 years. He was the chair of the National Year of Reading, a joint initiative between government and businesses. He is also active in many Stevenage charities and is the president of the Stevenage Community Trust. Ken also set up The Follett Trust, which awards single donations to the arts and in cases of social deprivation and education.

Ken Follett

Books by Ken Follett

by Ken Follett - Fiction, Historical Fiction

WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right where FALL OF GIANTS left off, as its five interrelated families --- American, German, Russian, English and Welsh --- enter a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

by Ken Follett - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Fall of Giants is Ken Follett’s magnificent historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families --- America, German, Russian, English, and Welsh --- as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.

by Ken Follett

The building of a cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of this drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.