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Fall of Giants

by Ken Follett

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction

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The first in a trilogy, this sweeping historical epic follows the fate of five families as they move through the years from the coronation of George V in 1911, through the First World War, the Russian Revolution and beyond. From the poverty stricken coal miners to the aristocratic walls of power this huge novel is complex, dramatic, intriguing and unputdownable. A master story teller, Follett, has produced a great and glorious saga.

 

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Fall of Giants Synopsis

 

This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.

The Good Book Guide Review

The British Empire is partying in 1911; it is the coronation of King George V, but not everyone has reason to celebrate. In Wales, 13-year-old Billy Williams is sent down the coalmine for the first time, with years of hard labour ahead of him, while his betters lavish themselves with the good things in life. From the coalmines of Wales to the opulence of Tsarist Russia, and the glories of America Follett, interweaves fiction and actual historical events.

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ISBN: 9780330460552
Publication date: 03/06/2011
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780230710078
Publication date: 28/09/2010
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330460552
Publication date: 3rd June 2011
Author: Ken Follett
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
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About Ken Follett

Ken Follett's career as a best-selling author has spanned more than two decades. He is the author of numerous immensely popular books, including The Key to Rebecca, Triple, The Man From St. Petersburg, On Wings of Eagles, Lie Down With Lions, The Pillars of the Earth, A Dangerous Fortune, The Third Twin, and The Hammer of Eden. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett, a British M.P.

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