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Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. 1989 - MacMillan. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, published in 1989 by MacMillan.

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Title Pillars of the Earth
Author Ken Follett
Publisher MacMillan
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1989
ISBN 0333519833
Cover Price 13.95
No. Pages 806
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 1.6

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £13.95. It has minor wear to the upper edge.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.This is one of the best copies of this title thaqt i have seen.

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Ken Follett

Ken Follett 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 was made into a film with Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland.

He went on to write four more bestselling 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.

On Wings of Eagles the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979 was also made into a miniseries with Richard Crenna as Ross Perot and Burt Lancaster as Colonel "Bull" Simons.

Ken then surprised readers by radically changing course with 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. It has now become a worldwide cult.

Although he abandoned the straightforward spy genre, his stories still had powerful narrative drive, strong women characters, and elements of suspense and intrigue. He followed Pillars of the Earth with Night over Water, A Dangerous Fortune, and A Place Called Freedom.

Then he returned to the thriller. The Third Twin is a scorching suspense novel about a young woman scientist who stumbles over a secret experiment in genetic engineering. Miniseries rights were sold to CBS for $1,400,000, a record price for four hours of television.

Ken Follett is married to Barbara Follett, the Member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire. They live in Stevenage and London. Ken is an ardent fan of Shakespeare's work, and is often to be seen at performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. An enthusiastic amateur musician, he plays bass guitar in a band called 'Damn Right I Got the Blues'. He is president of the Dyslexia Institute and a council member of the National Literacy Trust.

Synopsis of this title

The Pillars of the Earth" tells 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 architect - a 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 Follett's historical masterpiece.

Reviews of this title


'Enormous and brilliant ...this mammoth tale seems to touch all human emotion - love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair. This is truly a novel to get lost in' - "Cosmopolitan".

'A historical saga of such breadth and density ...Follett succeeds brilliantly in combining hugeness and detail to create a novel imbued with the rawness, violence and blind faith of the era' - "Sunday Express".

"An extraordinary epic buttressed by suspense ... a mystifying puzzle involving the execution of an innocent man ... the erection of a magnificent cathedral ... romance, rivalry and spectacle ... a monumental masterpiece ... a towering triumph from a major talent!"- ALA Booklist

"A seesaw of tension ... impeccable pacing ... action, intrigue, violence and passion ... A novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale!"- Publishers Weekly

The Pillars of the Earth is one of the top 100 books chosen by British readers in the BBC's 2003 'The Big Read' ­ the UK’s biggest-ever celebration of reading. Readers nominated their best-loved books, and their choices were announced on 17 May 2003 on BBC2.

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