Known around the world for his string of smash-hit spy thrillers touched off by 1978’s Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett’s taut tales -- spiked with more than a dash of sex appeal -- have earned this author (and sometime blues guitarist) a reputation as a master of international intrigue.
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Date of Birth:
June 5, 1949
Place of Birth:
B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970
Edgar Award for Eye of the Needle, 1978
|A lifelong music lover, Follett moonlights as the bass player for a band he put together called "Damn Right I've Got the Blues." While the band mainly plays local gigs in Wales, fans might want to track down their recording of "Hoochie Coochie Man," a tune which appears on the charity CD Stranger than Fiction, released by Don't Quit Your Day Job Records in San Francisco. |
|The Best Book to Read First||Friends of Follett|
|Eye of the Needle|
Follett's breakout 1978 thriller was called "quite simply the best spy novel to come out of England in years," by The Washington Post Book World. The book that allowed for Follett to quit his day job in publishing went on to win the Edgar award, was made into a film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland, and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide to date.
|My Beautiful Launderette and Other Screenplays|
In an interview with Salon.com, Follett talked about fellow authors he knows and admires. "Probably my best friend among writers is Hanif Kureishi, Follett said. "A novel of his was filmed and was quite successful, My Beautiful Laundrette. He's probably my closest friend among writers. I know the thriller writers. I see Frederick Forsyth, Jack Higgins. I see Jeffrey Archer. Who else?... In America, Erica Jong. She is probably my oldest friend. I've known her for 20 years now. Known her through several husbands."
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