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Famous For: Historical fiction novels
Higher Education: Graduation
Ken Follett was born on 5 June 1949 in Cardiff, Wales. Follett was the first child of Martin Follett and Lavinia (Veenie) Follett, who had two more children, Hannah and James. In spite of his Plymouth Brethren parents' prohibitions, while he developed an interest in reading as a child, he remained an indifferent student until the age of fifteen. At the age of ten, Ken Follett moved to London with his family and attended Harrow Weald Grammar School and Poole Technical College.
1967: Ken Follett studied philosophy at University College London and became involved in politics on the left.
1968: During this time, Ken Follett married Mary, and their son, Emanuele, was born that same year.
1970: Follett went on to study journalism for three months and became a trainee reporter at the South Wales Echo in Cardiff. We were blessed with a daughter in 1973, Marie-Claire.
1978: Success came slowly at first, but publishing Eye of the Needle, an international bestseller with over 10 million copies sold, made him wealthy and famous.
2014: Edge of Eternity, the final novel of the century trilogy, follows those families through the second half of the 20th century.
2013: Awarded the Edgar Award for Grand Master
2012: Winter of the World was awarded the Qué Leer Prize
2008: Awarded the Olaguibel Prize
2007: Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature
2003: The Corine Literature Prize
1999: Premio Bancarella literary prize
1979: Edgar Award for Best Novel
Toward the end of the 1970s, Follett became involved in the activities of the British Labour Party.
As part of his political activities, Ken Follet then met Barbara Broer, a Labour Party official, whom he married in 1984.
In 1997, she was elected as a Member of Parliament for Stevenage. A re-election was held in 2001 and 2005, but she did not stand in the 2010 general election.