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. The Pillars of Earth is the first in the Knightsbridge series and has sold more than 27 million copies to date.
His latest, The Evening and the Morning, which we named one of our Best Books of the 2020 is the prequel to The Pillars of the Earth. And as Erin Kodicek wrote in her review: "Fans of Follett will certainly relish this very worthy addition to a beloved oeuvre, but it will also attract new admirers like yours truly, who initially balked at the 928 page count and then was disappointed that The Evening and the Morning didn’t stretch on to the afternoon."
So what does this master read in his spare time? Here are Ken Follett's favorite reads of the year:
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
Lately I’ve enjoyed a lot of science fiction written by women. Octavia Butler’s visions of the future are scary but believable.
The Train by Georges Simenon
A brilliant short novel about the German invasion of France in May 1940.
Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
A Victorian courtroom drama and one of the very few books I’ve read twice.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
A young woman struggles against bigotry in rural Kentucky, and boy, are we on her side.
One of the masters of thrilling historical fiction, Ken Follett, shares the books he's read and loved this year.