Fall of Giants
2010 | Historical Fiction | 864 pages
The first in Ken Follett’s bestselling Century Trilogy, Fall of Giants is a captivating novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.
A World in Chaos
A Terrible War
A Revolution that will Change Everything
22 June 1911
On the day King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, Billy Williams went down the pit in Aberowen, South Wales. The twenty-second of June 1911 was Billy’s thirteenth birthday. He was woken by his father. Da’s technique for waking people was more effective than it was kind. He patted Billy’s cheek, in a regular rhythm, firmly and insistently. Billy was in a deep sleep, and for a second he tried to ignore it, but the patting went on relentlessly. Momentarily he felt angry; but then he remembered that he had to get up, he even wanted to get up, and he opened his eyes and sat upright with a jerk. ‘Four o’clock,’ Da said, then he left the room, his boots banging on the wooden staircase as he went down.
“Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly . . . grippingly told.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Fall of Giants is a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end.” – The Huffington Post
“He’s pulled it off again with Fall of Giants: it’s classic Follett with the brewing cataclysm of war given a human angle.” – Sunday Express