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Author Ken Follett is Welsh and writes both historical novels and thrillers. His work has sold over a hundred and fifty million copies; many have reached number one on New York Times Bestseller list. Some of his time is spent working to promote writing and literacy. He is the oldest of four children and his parents barred him from watching television or movies, which made him interested in reading from a very early age. His mother also told him stories, which allowed him to create worlds of his own. He would graduate with honours in philosophy from University College in London, and would later become a fellow at the University decades later. He first started out, working as a reporter in his home town, at the local newspaper. Later on, he would work at a publishing house, and he would move up to deputy managing director. He started writing fiction because he said that a car he owned needed to be fixed and he heard of someone being advanced the amount he needed. He married a woman named Mary in 1968, and that same year, their son was born. In 1973, they would have a daughter, and would have five kids and six grandkids. They also have three dogs. When he is not writing or working for various causes, he plays bass guitar in a blues band as well as a folk band.
Order of Apples Carstairs Series as Simon Myles
|1||The Big Black||1974||Description / Buy|
|2||The Big Needle||1975||Description / Buy|
|3||The Big Hit||1975||Description / Buy|
Order of Piers Roper Series
|1||Shakeout||1975||Description / Buy|
|2||The Bear Raid||1982||Description / Buy|
Order of Kingsbridge Series
|1||The Pillars of the Earth||1989||Description / Buy|
|2||World Without End||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||A Column of Fire||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||The Evening and the Morning||2020||Description / Buy|
|5||The Armor of Light||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Century Trilogy Series
|1||Fall of Giants||2010||Description / Buy|
|2||Winter of the World||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Edge of Eternity||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Ken Follett Standalone Novels
|1||Amok||1976||Description / Buy|
|2||The Modigliani Scandal||1976||Description / Buy|
|3||The Mystery Hideout||1976||Description / Buy|
|4||The Power Twins||1976||Description / Buy|
|5||Paper Money||1977||Description / Buy|
|6||Capricorn One||1978||Description / Buy|
|7||Eye of the Needle / Storm Island||1978||Description / Buy|
|8||Triple||1979||Description / Buy|
|9||The Key to Rebecca||1980||Description / Buy|
|10||The Man from St. Petersburg||1982||Description / Buy|
|11||Lie Down with Lions||1986||Description / Buy|
|12||Night Over Water||1991||Description / Buy|
|13||A Dangerous Fortune||1993||Description / Buy|
|14||A Place Called Freedom||1995||Description / Buy|
|15||The Third Twin||1996||Description / Buy|
|16||The Hammer of Eden||1998||Description / Buy|
|17||Code to Zero||2000||Description / Buy|
|18||Jackdaws||2001||Description / Buy|
|19||Hornet Flight||2002||Description / Buy|
|20||Whiteout||2004||Description / Buy|
|21||Never||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Ken Follett Non-Fiction Books
|1||The Heist of the Century / Under the Streets of Nice / The Gentleman of 16 July||1978||Description / Buy|
|2||On Wings of Eagles||1984||Description / Buy|
|3||Bad Faith (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||Notre-Dame (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
Ken Follett Anthologies
|1||Murder On The Railways||2003||Description / Buy|
He has written the “Apples Carstairs” series, “Kingsbridge” series, “Century” Trilogy, and some stand alone novels. “Pillars of the Earth”, that comes from the “Kingbridge” series, is probably his biggest work to date. He has put together a lecture on how suspense is supposed to work as well. His books are available in over thirty languages and available in eighty countries around the world.
KEN FOLLETT AWARDS
“Jackdaws” won the Corine Literature Prize in Bavaria in the year 2003. In 2010, he won Libri Golden Book Award for Best Fiction in Hungary for “Fall of Giants”. “Eye of the Needle” won an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1979. He was made a Grand Master of the Edgar Awards in 2013. Follett won Que Leer Prize for the best translated book in Spain for “Winter of the World”. In 2010, he was made a Grand Master at Thrillerfest V in New York.
KEN FOLLETT BOOKS INTO MOVIES
The novel “Eye of the Needle” was made into a pretty big film that starred Donald Sutherland. Follett’s work has also been adapted into some mini-series, this includes six of his novels, that are: “Pillars of the Earth”, “On Wings of Eagles”, “World Without End”, “Lie Down With Lions”, “The Third Twin”, and “The Key to Rebecca”.
BEST KEN FOLLETT BOOKS
This next section will talk about some books by Ken Follett, for those looking to get into his work. It will talk about the novels “Pillars of the Earth”, “The Big Needle”, and “Fall of Giants”.
Pillars of Earth: The first novel in the “Kingsbridge” series that was released in 1989. Set in feudal England during the twelfth century, this novel is about the building of a cathedral. He is able to re-create the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, and a country that has been ravaged by war in great detail. There is Aliena, a noble woman; Tom, builder; Philip, prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, stone artist; and Ellen, who casts a curse. These unschooled masons are able to build the cathedral.
The Big Needle: The first book in the “Apples Carstairs” series that was released in 1974 and was released under the name Simon Myles. Success comes easy for Chad Carstairs, but then evil ruins that and it sends him into the nasty parts (clubs that are full of sleaze, a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales, and drug ridden neighborhoods) of the world. He is driven by getting revenge. Carstairs risks it all (fortune, life, and future) to get back at a deadly organization, so that he can beat them at their own game and to show the people behind The Big Needle.
Fall of Giants: The first novel in the “Century Trilogy” that was released in 2010. Set in 1911 on Coronation Day of King George V. The Fitzherberts (wealthy coal-miners) are linked to the Williams family (coal mining family); this link is by enmity and by romance. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls for Walter von Ulrich (a spy at the German Embassy located in London). A young aide to Woodrow Wilson entangles the destiny of the two; so does two orphaned Russians. These Russians plans to come to America does not go well.
When Does The Next Ken Follett book come out?
Ken Follett doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Armor of Light and was released on September, 26th 2023. It is the newest book in the Kingsbridge Series.