Ken Follett Books in Order | Complete List 2022

Ken Follett Books in Order – If you read various types of literature and are interested in adding thriller, spy novels, and historical fiction novels to your library, Ken Follett’s books in order will be a good addition to your library.

Many of his books have achieved high ranking on bestseller lists. For example, in the US, many reached the number 1 position on the New York Times Best Seller list, including Edge of Eternity, Fall of Giants, A Dangerous Fortune, The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, Triple, Winter of the World, and World Without End.

Who is Ken Follett?

Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 178 million copies of the 36 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and 33 languages.

Ken Follett Books in Order of Publication

Let’s have a look at the top books and series by Ken Follett.

Publication Order of Apples Carstairs Books as Simon Myles

Book TitleYearBuy at Amazon
The Big Black(1974)Buy Now
The Big Needle(1975)Buy Now
The Big Hit(1975)Buy Now

Publication Order of Piers Roper Books

Book TitleYearBuy at Amazon
Shakeout(1975)Buy Now
The Bear Raid(1982)Buy Now

Publication Order of Kingsbridge Books

Book TitleYearBuy at Amazon
The Pillars of the Earth(1989)Buy Now
World Without End(2007)Buy Now
A Column of Fire(2017)Buy Now
The Evening and the Morning(2020)Buy Now

The Evening and the Morning is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Century Trilogy Books

Book TitleYearBuy at Amazon
Fall of Giants(2010)Buy Now
Winter of the World(2012)Buy Now
Edge of Eternity(2014)Buy Now

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Book TitleYearBuy at Amazon
Amok(As: Bernard L. Ross)(1976)Buy Now
The Modigliani Scandal(1976)Buy Now
The Mystery Hideout(1976)Buy Now
The Power Twins(1976)Buy Now
Paper Money(1977)Buy Now
Capricorn One
(As Bernard L. Ross)
(1978)Buy Now
Eye of the Needle / Storm Island(1978)Buy Now
Triple(1979)Buy Now
The Key to Rebecca(1980)Buy Now
The Man from St. Petersburg(1982)Buy Now
Lie Down with Lions(1986)Buy Now
Night Over Water(1991)Buy Now
A Dangerous Fortune(1993)Buy Now
A Place Called Freedom(1995)Buy Now
The Third Twin(1996)Buy Now
The Hammer of Eden(1998)Buy Now
Code to Zero(2000)Buy Now
Jackdaws(2001)Buy Now
Hornet Flight(2002)Buy Now
Whiteout(2004)Buy Now
Never(2021)Buy Now

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Book TitleYearBuy at Amazon
Under the Streets of Nice: Heist of the Century
(With Rene L. Maurice)
(1978)Buy Now
The Gentlemen of 16 July
(With F-stop Fitzgerald)
(1978)Buy Now
On Wings of Eagles(1984)Buy Now
Bad Faith(2017)Buy Now
Notre-Dame(2019)Buy Now

Biography of Ken Follett

Ken Follett was born on 5 June 1949 in Cardiff, Wales. He was the first child of Martin Follett, a tax inspector, and Lavinia Follett, who went on to have two more children, Hannah and James. Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of the College in 1995.

His family moved to London when he was ten years old, and he began applying himself to his studies at Harrow Weald Grammar School and Poole Technical College.

He won admission in 1967 to University College London, where he studied philosophy and became involved in center-left politics. He married Mary, in 1968, and their son Emanuele was born in the same year. After graduation in the autumn of 1970, Follett took a three-month post-graduate course in journalism and went to work as a trainee reporter in Cardiff on the South Wales Echo. In 1973 a daughter, Marie-Claire, was born.

He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper the South Wales Echo, and then with the London Evening News. Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director.

Finding the work unchallenging, he eventually left journalism for publishing and became, by the late 1970s, deputy managing director of the small London publisher Everest Books. He began writing fiction during evenings and weekends as a hobby. Later, he said, he began writing books when he needed extra money to fix his car, and the publishers’ advance a fellow journalist had been paid for a thriller was the sum required for the repairs.

Success came gradually at first, but the 1978 publication of Eye of the Needle, which became an international bestseller and sold over 10 million copies, made him both wealthy and internationally famous.

In 1989, Ken’s epic novel about the building of a medieval cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth, was published. It reached number one on bestseller lists everywhere and was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in 2010. World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007.

Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player. He is an amateur musician playing bass guitar for Damn Right I Got the Blues and appears occasionally with the folk group Clog Iron playing a bass balalaika.

 He lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with his wife Barbara, the former Labour Member of Parliament for Stevenage. Between them, they have five children, six grandchildren, and two Labradors.

Follett became involved, during the late 1970s, in the activities of Britain’s Labour Party. In the course of his political activities, he met Barbara Broer, a Labour Party official, who became his second wife in 1984.

She was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1997, representing Stevenage. She was re-elected in both 2001 and 2005 but did not stand in the 2010 general election. Follett himself remains a prominent Labour supporter and fundraiser as well as a prominent Blairite.

Follett now lives in Hertfordshire, England.

Awards bagged by Ken Follett

Here is the list of awards bagged by Ken Follett –

  • 2018 – Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to literature.
  • 2013 – Made a Grand Master at the Edgar Awards in New York.
  • 2012 – Winter of the World won the Qué Leer Prize for Best Translated Book of that year in Spain.
  • 2010 – Fall of Giants won the Libri Golden Book Award for Best Fiction Title in Hungary that year.
  • 2010 – Made a Grand Master at Thriller fest V in New York.
  • 2008 – Won the Olaguibel Prize for contributing to the promotion and awareness of architecture.
  • 2008 – Made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Exeter.
  • 2007 – Made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Glamorgan.
  • 2007 – Made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by Saginaw Valley State University.
  • 2003 – Jackdaws won the Corine Literature Prize in Bavaria.
  • 1999 – Hammer of Eden won the Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy.
  • 1979 – Eye of the Needle won the Edgar Best Novel Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Ken Follett Few Top Books Summary

NEVER (2021)

In the Sahara Desert, two elite intelligence agents are on the trail of a powerful group of drug-smuggling terrorists, risking their lives—and, when they fall desperately in love, their careers—at every turn. Nearby, a beautiful young widow fights against human traffickers while traveling illegally to Europe with the help of a mysterious man who may not be who he says he is.

In China, a senior government official with vast ambitions for himself and his country battles against the older Communist hawks in the government, who may be pushing China—and its close military ally, North Korea—to a place of no return.

And in the United States, Pauline Green, the country’s first woman president, navigates terrorist attacks, illegal arms trading, and the smear campaigns of her blustering political opponent with careful and deft diplomacy.

She will do everything in her power to avoid starting an unnecessary war. But when one act of aggression leads to another, the most powerful countries in the world are caught in a complex web of alliances they can’t escape.

And once all the sinister pieces are in place, can anyone—even those with the best of intentions and most elite skills—stop the inevitable?

Never is an extraordinary thriller, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians, and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable.

More than a thriller, a gripping high stakes human drama with a chilling ‘What If’ premise from master storyteller, Ken Follett.


Thirty years ago, we were introduced to Kingsbridge in The Pillars of the Earth, and now in this masterful prequel international bestseller, Ken Follett will take us on a journey into a rich past, which will end where his masterpiece begins.

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will – often in conflict with the king. With his grip on the country fragile and with no clear rule of law, chaos and bloodshed reign.

In this uncertain world, three people come to the fore: a young boatbuilder, who dreams of a better future when a devastating Viking raid shatters the life that he and the woman he loves hoped for; a Norman noblewoman, who follows her beloved husband across the sea to a new land only to find her life there shockingly different; and a capable monk at Shiring Abbey, who dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning admired throughout Europe.

Now, with England at the dawn of the Middle Ages, these three people will each come into dangerous conflict with a ruthless bishop, who will do anything to increase his wealth and power, in an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, death and birth, and love and hate.


Code to Zero is a fast-paced thriller about the satellite space race in the Cold War, from number one bestselling author Ken Follett.

A man wakes up to find himself lying on the ground in a railway station, his mind stripped bare of all recollection. He has no idea how he got there; he does not even know his name. Convinced he is a drunken down and out, it isn’t until a newspaper report about a satellite launch catches his eye, that he suspects all is not what it seems.



One enemy spy knows the key to the Allies’ greatest deception, an excellent aristocrat and ruthless assassin — code name: “The Needle” — who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.

Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is starting to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.

All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett’s unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and therefore the dangerous machinations of the human heart.

The other books in the series are
  • The Big Black
  • The Big Hit



A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the world is Ken Follett’s classic historical masterpiece.

The building of the cathedral, with the just about eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Round the site of the development, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the general public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.

The other books in the series are
  • World Without End
  • A column of fire
  • The evening and the Morning

Few top faqs on Ken Follett

  1. What is the birth date of Ken Follett?

    Ken Follett was born on 5 June 1949 (age 72 years)

  2. In which genre Ken Follett has written his novels?

    Ken Follett has written his books in thrillers, spy novels, and historical fiction.

  3. Which is the latest book by Ken Follett?

    “Never” is the latest book by Ken Follet which was released in 2021. It is a standalone novel written by Ken.

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2 thoughts on “Ken Follett Books in Order | Complete List 2022”

  1. Gareth Israel

    Will Ken Follet write a follow-up to Never?

    1. Hi Gareth,

      Right now there is no information on that. We will add that to the Ken Follet books list once we have it.

      Thanks for asking. Have a good day.

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