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Ken Follett
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    (June 5, 1949- )
    Born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
    Wrote ‘The Big Needle’ (1974), ‘The Big Black’ (1974),‘The Big Hit’ (1975), ‘Capricorn One’ (1978), ‘Eye of the Needle’ (1978), ‘Triple’ (1979), ‘The Key to Rebecca’ (1980), ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’ (1982), ‘Lay Down with Lions’ (1986), ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (1989), ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ (1993), ‘A Place Called Freedom’ (1995), ‘The Third Twin’ (1996), ‘The Hammer of Eden’ (1998), ‘Code to Zero’ (2000), ‘Whiteout’ (2004), ‘World Without End’ (2007), ‘Fall of the Giants’ (2010) and ‘Winter of the World’ (2012)
    Sold 130 million books
    Plays bass in Damn Right I Got the Blues
    Last name rhymes with 'wallet'
    He married his first wife only after getting her pregnant.
    He said about his original journalism career, 'I wanted to be a hot shot investigative reporter, but I never made the grade.'
    He has been called a 'champagne socialist' for his very public love of the good life and support for the Labour Party.
    He said about his music hobby, 'I think it's important to have something that you do badly, especially if you are the over-achiever type.'
    Asked to name his ten favorite books, he included his own 'The Pillars of the Earth.'
    His parents, members of the conservative Plymouth Brethren, forbade him from watching movies or television growing up, which helped instill a love of reading.
    He noted, 'My parents felt I would be irreparably harmed if I saw Flash Gordon, but they didn't notice I was reading James Bond books. Censorship is like that: it has no logic to it.'
    Entertainment Weekly noted that he was 'the only spy novelist whose female characters are as strong as his males.'
    He chaired the National Year of Reading (1997-98).
    'The Pillars of the Earth' was named 3rd greatest book of all time in a poll by German TV station ZDF (2004) and was #2 in a Times of London poll of the 60 greatest books of the last 60 years (2007).
    'The Pillars of the Earth' was adapted not just into the expected TV miniseries but also into a board game that won GAMES Magazine's Game of the Year Award (2007).

Credit: C. Fishel


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