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Ken Follett: A Short Biography
Ken Follett was born in 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, and is well renowned for numerous bestselling titles including Eye of the Needle (1978), On Wings of Eagles (1983), and Whiteout (2004). Ken Follett grew up in a devout born-again Christian home where listening to radio, watching television was not allowed. Reading was the only form of entertainment Ken Follett was allowed to have, naturally he became an avid reader. Ken Follett's family shifted to London when he was just ten years old.
Making Way through Different Careers
He went to University College in London and graduated from there in 1970. He completed his bachelor's degree in philosophy, and then started his journalism career. He also worked as a columnist for an evening newspaper, after which he started working for a publisher. Initially he wrote his novels under a pseudonym, and the first novel which got his real name was The Mystery Hideout.
Arrival of Much Needed Success
The much awaited co02ercial success arrived in the form of Eye of the Needle. It sold over a million copies and also went on to win Edgar Award. Eye of the Needle was also converted into a movie which starred Donald Sutherland. Many more spy thrillers came later though Ken Follett was itching to explore other genres of writing now. He wrote a non-fiction book titled On Wings of Eagles, and the big one came right after – The Pillars of the Earth.
Pillars Continued To Sell For Next 15 Years
Currently he lives in Hertfordshire with his second wife, Barbara Follett, a member of parliament. He also has a son and daughter from his previous marriage. Before his book, The Pillars of the Earth succeeded, Eye of the Needle was his best known work. The Pillars of the Earth was a surprise for his loyal readers though the subject of the book seemed dry for the readers initially. The time period the book was set in would remind the readers of English literature lessons and they would simply like to skip the book, but they just couldn't, such was the quality of the epic produced from Ken Follett. The book quickly gained word of mouth publicity and the copies kept selling themselves for the next 15 years.
Once Drawn In, You Can't Escape
The Pillars of the Earth seems like quite a lot of work for the readers at the first glance (close to thousand pages). Once the readers allow themselves to be drawn in the story, they realize the time period environment has not been created by using lengthy texts, rather all the effort has been put in creating rich characters who tell their own tale.
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