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Ken Follett

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Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, 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.

He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.

He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979. This book was made into a miniseries.

He then 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 lis
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October 2010, Ken Follett
"He made the Middle Ages come to life in The Pillars of the Earth, and now the history buff starts fresh in the 20th century with a new epic chronicle, Fall of Giants." ...More

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“Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing. It meant believing you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically.”
Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

“The most expensive part of building is the mistakes.”
Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

“She loved him because he had brought her back to life. She had been like a caterpillar in a cocoon, and he had drawn her out and shown her that she was a butterfly.”
Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

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Run off poll for 3rd (and possibly 4th) place for our fiction selections. The three books below all received 4 votes. Like the non-fiction poll, this will be quick. Last day to vote will be Monday, October 28.

The Sandcastle Girls The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian Chris Bohjalian
 
  9 votes, 36.0%

Dr. Zhivago Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak Boris Pasternak
 
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Daisy I am so excited to begin reading Pillars of The Earth!


Nevey Badr Thanks for accepting my friend request.
I am a big fan of The Pillars of the Earth as the books always found their way to open up my mind, hear, to lay light upon history and make me wonder.

Thanks for being such a great author...

--Nevey...


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