Ken’s Career in Brief

Ken Follett's Life & Career

1949

Born on 5th June in Cardiff to Martin and Lavinia Follett.

1968

Marries Mary Elson. Their son, Emanuele, is born.

1970

Graduates from University College London with B.A. in Philosophy.

1971

Becomes a Reporter for The South Wales Echo.

1973

Daughter, Marie-Claire, is born.

Becomes a Reporter for London Evening News.

1974

Becomes Deputy Managing Director at Everest Books, London.

Publishes The Big Needle and The Big Black as Symon Myles.

1975

Publishes The Big Hit as Symon Myles and The Shakeout as Ken Follett.

1976

Publishes The Modigliani Scandal as Zachary Stone.

Publishes The Mystery Hideout as Ken Follett.

Publishes The Power Twins as Martin Martinsen.

Publishes Amok: King of Legend as Bernard L. Ross. 

1977

Publishes Paper Money as Zachary Stone.

1978

Publishes Capricorn One as Bernard L. Ross.

Publishes Eye of the Needle as Ken Follett.

1979

Publishes Triple.

1980

Publishes The Key to Rebecca.

1982

Publishes The Man From St. Petersburg.

1983

Publishes On Wings of Eagles.

1985

Marries Barbara Broer and gains three step-children, Jann, Kim & Adam.

1986

Publishes Lie Down with Lions.

1989

Publishes The Pillars of the Earth.

1991

Publishes Night Over Water.

1993

Publishes A Dangerous Fortune.

1995

Publishes A Place Called Freedom.

1996

Publishes The Third Twin.

1998

Publishes The Hammer of Eden.

2000

Publishes Code to Zero.

2001

Publishes Jackdaws.

2002

Publishes Hornet Flight.

2004

Publishes Whiteout.

2007

Publishes World Without End.

2010

Publishes Fall of Giants.

2012

Publishes Winter of the World.

2014

Publishes Edge of Eternity.

2017

Publishes A Column of Fire.

2018

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. 

2019

Promoted to the rank of Officer in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

Publishes Notre-Dame.

2020

Publishes The Evening and the Morning.