The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel

Penguin, 29 2010 - 1008
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club Selection

The extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Folletts already phenomenal careerand begins where its prequel,The Evening and the Morning, ended.

Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner, extolledPublishers Weeklyon the release ofThe Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Folletts unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal.

The Pillars of the Earthtells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architecta man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Folletts historical masterpiece.



Review: The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth #1)

  - Bob Neto - Goodreads

Big disappointment.. Although I love historical fiction, this one was just ultra boring. - Characters: One would think that you get the feeling of "knowing" the main characters after reading such a ...

Review: The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth #1)

  - Elaine Cougler - Goodreads

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett was his first historical fiction and the first of his books to tempt me. He says this is his best book. Nevertheless this was a great story, well told and ...

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Ken Follettis one of the worlds best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Folletts first bestseller wasEye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.

In 1989The Pillars of the Earthwas published, and has since become the authors most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprahs Book Club pick.

Its sequels,World Without EndandA Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.

Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.