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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  

Fall of Giants

Part of the The Century Trilogy Series
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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.

If you like Ken Follett you might also like to read books by Clare Francis, Jeffrey Archer and Edward Rutherford.


The Good Book Guide logo 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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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

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.

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Follett has managed to write an accessible and fascinating page turner that leaves the reader wanting more, at the same time as staying true to history * Sunday Business Post * An epic saga on a grand scale. Spiked with romance and intrigue . . . This involving historical saga is the perfect read for long winter evenings * Choice * An extraordinary achievement -- A. N. Wilson * Reader's Digest * This is hi-octane storytelling all the more powerful because the story it tells is, mostly, true. Follett's command of the vast forces he unleashes is as impressive as the battle strategies of his generals, and in many cases more so . . . overall Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly -- Scotsman Perhaps no British author better illustrates the forces at work in international publishing than can give birth to, and then grow, a global brand . . . If such books deliver the simple pleasures of escape, maybe they hold up a distant mirror to their readers too. -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent * Few works set out with such a grand concept as Ken Follett's new Century trilogy, but part one suggests that the series will be one of the literary masterpieces of our time . . . while grand events and themes are at the core of the novel, it is the richness of the characters and the intertwining of their often disparate stories that steal the show * Sunday Times * Like Follett's classic novel, The Pillars of the Earth, it quickly becomes a guilty pleasure * Daily Telegraph * He's pulled it off again with Fall of Giants: it's classic Follett with the brewing cataclysm of war given a human angle * Sunday Express * The master storyteller Ken Follett knits together British, American, German and Russian points of view from the start to the end of the First World War into a fascinating and remarkably fertile tapestry of society and politics * The Times *


About the Author

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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Publication date

3rd June 2011

Author

Ken Follett

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
864 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330460552

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