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Ken Follett

Master Storyteller & Best Selling Author

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Ken Follett has sold over 130 million books worldwide, an astounding number that should come as no surprise to readers familiar with his work.  He is the author of more than a dozen best-selling books over the past two decades, including Eye of the Needle, which first catapulted Follett to international best-seller status.  Published in 1978, the thriller won the Edgar award and has sold well over 10 million copies.

Going on to write many more best sellers, Follett is unquestionably one of the most extraordinarily talented storytellers in the world.  From thrillers such as The Key To Rebecca and the award-winning Jackdaws, to the nonfiction On Wings of Eagles and novels like The Pillars of the Earth, about building a cathedral in the middle ages, the common thread in all of his books is a powerful narrative drive, strong women characters, and elements of suspense and intrigue.

His current project is his most ambitious yet. The Century Trilogy will tell the entire history of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of five linked families: one American, one English, one German, one Russian, and one Welsh. The first book, Fall of Giants, focusing on the First World War and the Russian Revolution, was published worldwide on September 28, 2010. The second book, Winter of the World, about the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the development of nuclear weapons, was published in many countries on September 18, 2012.

After graduating from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy, Follett became a reporter.  He first worked for his hometown newspaper, the South Wales Echo, and later with the London Evening News.  While working on the Evening News he wrote his first novel, which did not sell well.  He then went to work for a small London publishing house and continued to write novels in his spare time.  Eye of the Needle was actually Follett’s 11th book, and his first best seller.

Follett is married to Barbara Follett, the Member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England.  Always interested in politics, Follett helps his wife’s campaigns and works with her on other Labour Party activities.  They live in a rambling rectory in Stevenage and also have an eighteenth-century town house in London and a holiday home in Antigua.

In a busy life focused on work, family and politics, Follett also manages to find time for involvement in his community.  He was the chair of the National Year of Reading from 1998-99, a British government initiative to raise literacy levels.  He was the president of the Dyslexia Institute for 10 years. He is a Fellow of The Welsh Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a board director of the National Academy of Writing. He is active in numerous Stevenage charities and was a governor of Roebuck Primary School for ten years, serving as Chair of Governors for four of those years.

Follett is a lover of Shakespeare, and is often to be seen at performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London.  An enthusiastic amateur musician, he plays bass guitar in a band called Damn Right I Got the Blues.

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