Published in September 2010, and debuted at #1 on The New York Times’ hardcover fiction bestseller list. The paperback edition reached #1 on The New York Times’ bestseller list in September 2012.
Fall of Giants is a magnificent historical epic. The first novel in the Century trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families – American, German, Russian, English and Welsh – as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.
Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits… Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House… two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription and revolution… Billy’s sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London…
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga 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.
As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.
In future volumes of the Century trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves – and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Ken brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, Dutton, New York, September 2010.
Fall of Giants has been published in 15 languages, and almost two million copies were bought worldwide in the first ten weeks.
- The United States and Canadian edition is published by Penguin Random House
- The British and Commonwealth edition is published by PanMacMillan
- The Brazilian edition, A queda dos gigante, is published by Editora Arqueiro
- The Catalan edition, La caiguda dels gegants, is published by >Rosa Dels Vents
- The Danish edition, Giganternes Fald, is published by Cicero
- The Dutch edition, Val der titanen, is published by Boekerij
- The Finnish edition, Kun suuret sortuvat, is published by Werner Söderström
- The French edition, La Chute des Géants, is published by Robert Laffont
- The German edition, Sturz der Titanen, is published by Bastei Lübbe
- The Greek edition, Η Πτώση των Γιγάντων, is published by Bell
- The Hungarian edition, A titánok bukása, is published by Gabo
- The Italian edition, La caduta dei giganti, is published by Mondadori
- The Norwegian edition, Kjempenes fall, is published by Cappelen Damm
- The Polish edition, Upadek Gigantów, is published by Wydawnictwo Albatros
- The Portuguese edition, A queda dos gigantes, is published by Editorial Presença
- The Romanian edition, Caderea uriasilor, is published by Rao
- The Russian edition, Гибель Гигантов, is published by AST
- The Serbian edition, Sunovrat divova, is published by Evro Book
- The Slovakian edition, Pád titanov, is published by Vydavateľstvo Tatran
- The Spanish edition, La caída de los gigantes, is published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
- The Swedish edition, Giganternas fall, is published by Albert Bonniers Förlag
The Century Trilogy