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  • Date and time Wed 29 Jul 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online

Register here to join our In Conversation Live with Ken Follett

Ken Follett, international best-selling author and one of the world’s best-loved novelists, will be joining Reverend Hilary De Lyon (RSM Vice-President) for a lively discussion about his work, including the variety of different kinds of novels he has written, from the longevity and international success of his first novel Eye of the Needle and the later The Pillars of the Earth, to his latest book A Column of Fire; and what inspires him in the creative process of developing exciting plots in many different historical settings.

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During a writing career spanning more than forty years, Ken has published 32 books which have sold over 170 million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages, making him one of the world’s most successful novelists.

Ken's 2017 novel, A Column of Fire, the third book in his Kingsbridge Series, went straight to the No.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. On the 15th September, he will be publishing the much anticipated fourth book in the series, The Evening and the Morning, which is set around the year 1,000, when Kingsbridge was an Anglo-Saxon settlement threatened by Viking invaders.

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. The Pillars of the Earth was voted the third greatest book ever written in 2004 by a German poll and placed No.2 in The Times (London) 60 greatest novels of the last 60 years.

In November 2007 The Pillars of the Earth became the most popular ever choice of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, returning to No.1 on The New York Times bestseller list. The miniseries, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen and Eddie Redmayne, was broadcast in 2010.

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