Ken Follett - Master Storyteller and Best-Selling Author

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Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity, the sweeping, passionate conclusion to the Century trilogy, is #1 on the bestseller lists in the USA, UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The UK paperback edition was published on 30 July 2015.


Throughout the 'Century Trilogy', Ken has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all, the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidential impeachment, revolution – and rock and roll.

East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives…George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own…Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a Senator,  jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he’d imagined…Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khruschev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the U.S. and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw – and into history.  

As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again.

Publication dates

United States Edge of Eternity Dutton 16 September 2014
United Kingdom Edge of Eternity Macmillan 16 September 2014
Commonwealth Edge of Eternity Macmillan 16 September 2014
Brazil Eternidade por um Fio Editora Arqueiro 16 September 2014
Canada Edge of Eternity Penguin 16 September 2014
Denmark På kanten af evigheden Cicero 16 September 2014
Germany and Austria Kinder der Freiheit Bastei Lübbe 16 September 2014
Italy I giorni dell'eternità Mondadori 16 September 2014
Hungary Az örökkévalóság küszöbén Gabo 16 September 2014
Portugal No Limiar da Eternidade Editorial Presenca 16 September 2014
Spain El umbral de la eternidad Plaza & Janés 16 September 2014
Sweden Evighetens Rand Albert Bonniers Förlag  16 September 2014
France Aux portes de l'éternité Robert Laffont 25 September 2014
The Netherlands Kou uit het oosten Unieboek Het Spektrum 30 September 2014
Serbia Na rubu veãnosti Evro-Giunti 2 October 2014
Norway På grensen til evigheten Cappelen Damm 5 October 2014
Poland Krawędź Wieczności Wydawnictwo Albatros 5 November 2014
Greece Η Πύλη της Αιωνιότητας Harlenic Hellas 19 December 2014
Slovenia Mladinska knjiga May 2015
Edge of Eternity will also be published in China, Czech Republic (May 2015), Finland (4 August 2015), Indonesia (January 2016) Japan, Korea, Russia and Slovakia.

Bestseller lists

#3 in the Goodreads best historical fiction category in 2014.

#9 on The New York Times hardcover list (16 November 2014)

#1 on Italy's Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica bestseller lists (28 September to 26 October 2014)

#1 on Denmark's Bog & Ide bestseller list (22 September to 20 October 2014)

#1 on The New York Times hardcover, e-books, and combined print and e-books lists (26 and 5 October 2014)

#1 on the United States Indie Fiction bestseller list (22 September to 9 October 2014)

#1 on the Boston Globe hardcover fiction list (4 and 11 October 2014)

#2 on the Los Angeles Times hardcover fiction list (12 October 2014)

#7 on the Denver Post hardcover fiction list (12 October 2014)

#2 on the Washington Post hardcover fiction list (10 October 2014)

#1 on the Denver Post hardcover fiction list (5 October 2014)

#1 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover fiction list (4 October 2014)

#4 on the Wall Street Journal combined print/ebook fiction list (4 October 2014)

#3 on the Chicago Tribune Chicagoland bestseller list (3 and 9 October 2014)

#1 on the Washington Post hardcover fiction list (3 October 2014)

#3 on the San Francisco Chronicle hardcover fiction list (7 and 2 October 2014)

#1 on The Sunday Times bestsellers list (29 September 2014)

#1 on Germany’s der Spiegel and Buchreport bestseller lists (29 September 2014)

#1 e-book on Hungary's Alexandra bestseller list (25 September 2014)

#1 on Spain’s La Razón bestseller list (25 September 2014)

#1 on France's Le Nouvel Observateur bestseller list (22 September 2014)

#1 on USA Today's bestseller list (22 September 2014)

#1 in on the Italian IBS bestseller list (22 September 2014)

#1 on Denmark's Bog & Ide bestseller list (22 September 2014)

#1 on Hungary's Bookline (22 September 2014)

#1 on Germany's Focus bestseller list (22 September 2014)

#1 on Spain's El Mundo bestseller list (18 September 2014).

#1-selling iBook in iTunes stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Spain (16 September 2014).


Ken reading Edge of Eternity

Ken reads from Edge of Eternity on YouTube. Watch here.



Timeline of major events

Edge of Eternity timeline


A timeline of the major events of the era, kindly provided by Editora Arqueiro, the publishers of the Brazilian edition, Eternidade por um Fio. Click on the image for a larger version or download it.



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What Follett has achieved in these novels is remarkable, juggling plots and characters and timelines while keeping the pages turning over the course of three long but very satisfying books. – Erik Spanberg in The Christian Science Monitor.

He is able to create characters so vivid it is easy to keep them alive in our mind … What is most impressive about this book and the two that preceded it, is the fact Follett never forgets he is telling a story. The historical events are the backdrop but the characters are the focal point. Good storytellers know this and Follett is an excellent one. We can only anxiously anticipate what he will present to us next.
– Jackie K Cooper in the Huffington Post

This mesmerizing final installment is an exhaustive but rewarding reading experience dense in thematic heft, yet flowing with spicy, expertly paced melodrama, character-rich exploits, familial histrionics, and international intrigue.

Publishers Weekly, 23 June

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Behind the scenes

Watch a series of videos where Ken discusses his research.

On The Trail of History for Edge of Eternity, Part 1

On The Trail of History for Edge of Eternity, Part 2

The struggle for civil rights in the United States – retracing the route of the Freedom Riders.

Also see

Fall of Giants – Book I of the Century Trilogy

Winter of the World – Book II of the Century Trilogy