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Ken Follett was born in Wales, United Kingdom on June 5, 1949. He received an Honours degree in philosophy from University College, London. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. He decided to switch to publishing and worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. His first bestselling novel, Eye of the Needle, was published in 1978 and won the Edgar Award. His other works include Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersburg, Lay Down with Lions, The Pillars of the Earth, The Third Twin, The Hammer of Eden, Code to Zero, Whiteout, World Without End, The Century Trilogy, and A Column of Fire. Many of his novels have been adapted into films and television miniseries. He has won numerous awards including the Corine Prize in 2003 for Jackdaws. His nonfiction works include On Wings of Eagles. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Pillars of the Earth… (more)
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Ken Follett has written under several pen names, including Martin Martinsen, Simon Myles, Bernard L. Ross, Zachary Stone.

Pillars of the Earth 26,450 copies, 744 reviews
World Without End 12,286 copies, 314 reviews
Fall of Giants 8,261 copies, 303 reviews
Eye of the Needle 5,199 copies, 91 reviews
Winter of the World 4,696 copies, 150 reviews
A Dangerous Fortune 3,279 copies, 49 reviews
Whiteout 3,272 copies, 73 reviews
Jackdaws 3,158 copies, 57 reviews
Edge of Eternity 3,071 copies, 104 reviews
The Third Twin 3,010 copies, 34 reviews
The Key to Rebecca 2,891 copies, 41 reviews
Code to Zero 2,881 copies, 44 reviews
Night Over Water 2,861 copies, 45 reviews
A Place Called Freedom 2,795 copies, 47 reviews
A Column of Fire 2,671 copies, 85 reviews
Hornet Flight 2,624 copies, 50 reviews
The Man from St. Petersburg 2,607 copies, 29 reviews
The Hammer of Eden 2,301 copies, 27 reviews
Lie Down With Lions 2,137 copies, 39 reviews
On Wings of Eagles 1,929 copies, 25 reviews
The Evening and the Morning 1,921 copies, 63 reviews
Triple 1,812 copies, 27 reviews
The Modigliani Scandal 1,138 copies, 23 reviews
Paper Money 1,056 copies, 16 reviews
Never 849 copies, 30 reviews
Under the Streets of Nice 146 copies, 6 reviews
Os Pilares da Terra - Volume I 128 copies, 3 reviews
The Big Needle 116 copies
Katedralen 108 copies, 2 reviews
The Armor of Light 67 copies, 1 review
Secret of Kellerman's Studio 46 copies, 1 review
Capricorn One 36 copies, 1 review
The Shakeout 29 copies
The Bear Raid 23 copies
Die Tore der Welt (12 CDs) 11 copies, 2 reviews
The Big Black 9 copies
The Big Hit 4 copies
SOHA 2 copies
Piliere zeme 2 copies, 1 review
עורבות 2 copies
State of Terror / Never (Contributor) 1 copy
PAS IN DOI 1 copy
Nikdy 1 copy
Cattiva fede - Bad Faith 1 copy, 1 review
Papel moneda 85/22N 1 copy, 1 review
Bad Faith 1 copy
NA VEKY VEKOV 1 copy, 1 review
The Shining (Introduction, some editions) 22,284 copies, 438 reviews
Live and Let Die (Introduction, some editions) 3,438 copies, 82 reviews
The Pillars of the Earth [2010 TV mini series] (Original novel) 75 copies, 2 reviews
Eye of the Needle [1981 film] (Original book) 55 copies, 5 reviews
Granta 137: Followers (Contributor) 55 copies, 1 review
World Without End [2012 TV miniseries] (Based on the book by) 49 copies, 1 review
Murder on the Railways (Contributor) 39 copies, 2 reviews
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 14 copies, 1 review
The Cruise (Contributor) 14 copies
Kloakrotterne 5 copies
The Do-It-Yourself Bestseller: A Workbook (Contributor, some editions) 4 copies
Tordenøglen - og andre historier fra fremmede verdener (Author, some editions) 2 copies, 1 review

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He was born on 5 June 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector. He was educated at state schools and graduated from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a Fellow of the college in 1995.

He became a reporter, first with his home-town newspaper the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. While working on the Evening News he wrote his first novel, which was published but did not become a bestseller. He then went to work for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. He continued to write novels in his spare time. Eye of the Needle was his eleventh book, and his first success. Around 100 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide.
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Ken Follett has written under several pen names, including Martin Martinsen, Simon Myles, Bernard L. Ross, Zachary Stone.

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