Celebrity Picks: Ken Follett's Favorite Reads of 2017

Ken-Follett225The Pillars of the Earth and Eye of the Needle are just two of the masterful novels that made Ken Follett a bestselling writer of historical fiction—that also happens to thrill. His new book, A Column of Fire, is, of course, no different. The latest installment in his Kingsbridge series takes readers to 16th-century Europe and a city rent by the schism of Catholics and Protestants, and the looming threat of opportunistic, would-be tyrants.

But what does Follet like to read for fun and inspiration? See his picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.


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The best nonfiction book this year is “Destined for War” by Graham Allison, about whether the USA will go to war with China. It sounds fanciful but Allison is worryingly convincing.
 

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As part of my research I read Alexandre Dumas’s novel “La Reine Margot”, about the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572, an event which is also dramatized in “A Column of Fire”. Dumas’s book is terrifically lively and Margot is a feisty heroine.
 

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And I loved The Fireman by Joe Hill—like a Stephen King novel, but not quite.
 

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