Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth is a monster of a book (400,000 words) and to be honest this has always put me off tackeling the story, however after one of the other girls at work read it and just raved so I decided, rather than take 6 months to read this story I would listen to the audio book.

Pillars of the Earth is an intergenerational saga set in England in the 1100’s. It tells of love, lust, family and famine set in a time of twisted plots of revenge and political gains between and within the church and the crown. It is a beautifully written epic story that although published in 1989 is still one of the best historical fiction stories I have had the pleasure to reed (well actually listen to).

Pillars of the Earth is followed by World Without End (1998). Follett also has a new book out on the 28th of September and is the first in his ‘Century’ trilogy; The Fall of Giants. It follows the destinies of five interrelated families – one American, one Russian, one German, one English and one Welsh – through the earth-shaking events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. I am looking forward to this!


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