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Ken Follett: Fall of Giants

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Best-selling author Ken Follett discusses his new epic novel "Fall of Giants" with WABE’s Valerie Jackson at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Valerie interviews Follett before a live audience for her program “Between the Lines.” Attempting to tell the tale of the 20th century is the literary equivalent of surmounting Everest. Most authors likely wouldn't even make it out of base camp. But Ken Follett is a breed apart. Since publishing his first work more than three decades ago, the British novelist has exhibited a sweeping vision that has helped him become one of the world's most popular storytellers, with more than 100 million copies of his books, including 1989's The Pillars of the Earth and its 2007 sequel, World Without End, sold around the globe over the years.

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved novelists. He has sold more than 100 million copies. His last book, World Without End, went straight to the No.1 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, 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 best-selling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions. Cliff Robertson and David Soul starred in the miniseries of The Key to Rebecca. In 1994 Timothy Dalton, Omar Sharif and Marg Helgenberger starred in the miniseries of 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 with Richard Crenna as Ross Perot and Burt Lancaster as Colonel 'Bull' Simons. 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 list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. 1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years.