About Ken Follett
Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved novelists. He has sold more than 130 million copies. His latest book, Fall of Giants (2010), went straight to the number one position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. He burst into the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle (1978), a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland. He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple (1979), The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St Petersburg (1982) and Lie Down with Lions (1986). After a while he surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages. Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the number one position on lists in Canada, Great Britain and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years. World Without End, the long-awaited sequel to Pillars, was published in October 2008. It was a number one bestseller in Italy, the USA, the UK, Germany, France and Spain, where it was the fastest-selling book ever published in the Spanish language, outstripping the last Harry Potter book.