The Evening and the Morning will be published in September 2020
The Evening and the Morning, a 'prequel' to The Pillars of the Earth, will be published in the US and UK on Tuesday, 15 September, 2020, and in France on Thursday 17 September. Publication dates in other countries will be added when they are confirmed.
“The story is set at the end of the Dark Ages and the beginning of the Middle Ages, so it’s an evening and a morning", Ken says. "And the phrase is Biblical, of course: ‘And the evening and the morning were the first day’.”
The Evening and the Morning takes place around the year 1000, when England is under constant attack from Vikings and soon to be conquered by Normans. The theme of the story is the origins of a legal system that does not merely serve the ruling chieftains. Ken describes it as "a journey that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins".
“This is a time when people began to demand the rule of law, which means that disputes are settled according to rules, regardless of how rich or powerful you are. This is a vital component of freedom.”
The Evening and the Morning will capture the imagination of both Ken's long-term fans and new readers alike. Brian Tart, President of Viking (Ken’s US Publisher) said:
“When Ken told me he was writing a prequel to his monumental and beloved novel, The Pillars of the Earth, I knew his fans would rejoice and we would have a huge opportunity to introduce new readers to the celebrated Kingsbridge Series. Now having read The Evening and the Morning, I can say it is a tour de force of epic storytelling. It deserves the highest compliment -- it stands on equal footing with The Pillars of the Earth.”
Jeremy Trevathan of Pan Macmillan (Ken’s UK Publisher) said:
“It's amazingly appropriate to be announcing the publication of a new novel set in Ken's fictional town of Kingsbridge – The Evening and the Morning - 30 years after the
publication of The Pillars of the Earth, now acknowledged globally as a classic work of popular fiction. I can't wait for readers to immerse themselves in Ken's vivid imagination.”