Ken Follett's Fall of Giants was one of the biggest books of 2010—in fact, our readers voted it as #5 on their Best Books of 2010 list. Book one in a hugely ambitious trilogy of historical novels about the 20th century, it takes readers through World War I, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women’s suffrage. It'll also keep you busy for a while, clocking in at 985 pages.
Now we're just four months away from the publication of Winter of the World, book two in The Century Trilogy. It comes out on September 18 and is 960 pages.
[The five families] enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
By the way, if you were discouraged from reading Fall of Giants by the high price (the hardcover is $36 and the paperback is $25) or long hold lists at the library, you'll be happy to hear that a mass market paperback edition hits bookstores on September 4. It will retail for $9.99.
We've reported on Ken Follett's Century Trilogy throughout the past year—from the book deal in Frankfurt to the release of the cover. Now, believe it or not, we are approaching the pub date of book 1: Fall of Giants. The 985-page, $36 novel comes out one week from today.
The trilogy is about the intertwined fates of five families—American, English, German, Russian and Welsh—throughout the 20th century. Fall of Giants takes readers through World War I, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women's suffrage.
BookPage contributor Alden Mudge interviewed Follett for the September issue of BookPage. You can read the full interview on BookPage.com next week, but here's a little preview:
My mantra while writing Fall of Giants was ‘they don’t want a history lesson.’ So I had to find ways in which all of these developments were part of the lives of characters in the story.
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Related in BookPage: a Q&A with Follett about World Without End, the sequel to Pillars of the Earth