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Wed, Sep 13, 2017

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Ken Follett

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Ken Follett presents A Column of Fire

Tickets on sale July 13 at 9am (book included) at harvard.com. Unable to attend? Order the book(s) or pre-order a signed copy from Harvard Book Store. No Brattle Passes.

This event includes a book signing.

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author KEN FOLLETT—author of Eye of the Needle and the Kingsbridge series—for a discussion of his latest novel A Column of Fire, the next installment in the Kingsbridge series.

About A Column of Fire

hbs-follett-bookInternational bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with the first two books of his Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. The saga now continues with Follett’s magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.

Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet, and is perfect both for longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series as well as readers new to Ken Follett.


Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first best seller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989, his novel The Pillars of the Earth was published, reaching number one on best seller lists around the world. The next book in the Kingsbridge series, World Without End, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007. The Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide. Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

Photo credit: Olivier Favre

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