The Pillars of the Earth and Eye of the Needle are just two of the masterful novels that made Ken Follett a bestselling writer of historical fiction—that also happens to thrill. His new book, A Column of Fire, is, of course, no different. The latest installment in his Kingsbridge series takes readers to 16th-century Europe and a city rent by the schism of Catholics and Protestants, and the looming threat of opportunistic, would-be tyrants.
But what does Follet like to read for fun and inspiration? See his picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.