What Are Some Good Ken Follett Books?


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Some good Ken Follett books include “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Fall of Giants,” “Winter of the World” and “Edge of Eternity.” Follett is a best-selling Welsh novelist known for his epic historical novels.

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“The Pillars of the Earth” is Follett’s most popular novel, with millions of copies sold since its 1989 publication. The book marked a change in direction for Follett, who initially gained popularity writing spy thrillers. A sweeping historical novel, “The Pillars of the Earth” is set in England during the 12th century, and focuses on the building of a cathedral and the lives of the characters as they intersect around it. The novel won strong reviews from critics, and Follett published a sequel, “World Without End,” in 2007.

One of Follett’s other major works is the “Century” trilogy, which focuses on the intersecting lives of five families throughout the 20th century. “Fall of Giants,” the first novel in the trilogy, is set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution. The next novel, “Winter of the World,” moves from Hitler’s rise to power on through the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. “Edge of Eternity,” the final book in the trilogy, focuses on the postwar period from the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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