Ken Follett is a Welsh novelist who writes historical and thriller novels. His books have sold over 100 million copies. Follett started out working for a publisher in London called Everest Books, meanwhile writing on the side as a hobby. When he needed money for some car repairs, he started writing books as Simon Myles to pay them off. Since then, he’s used several other pen names, but has written the majority of his books under his real name.

Follett largely writes standalone novels, but has a few brief series as well. Ken has been writing since The Big Needle was published in 1974. Below is a list of Ken Follett’s books in order of publication and in chronological order:

Publication Order of Apples Carstairs Books


The Big Needle(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Black(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Big Hit(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Piers Roper Books


The Bear Raid(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Pillars Of The Earth Books


The Pillars of the Earth(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
World Without End(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Century Trilogy Books


Fall of Giants(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Winter of the World(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Edge of Eternity(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Amok: King of Legend(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Modigliani Scandal(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery Hideout(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Power Twins(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paper Money(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Capricorn One(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eye of the Needle(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heist of the Century(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Triple(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Key to Rebecca(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man from St. Petersburg(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
On Wings of Eagles(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lie Down with Lions(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night Over Water(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dangerous Fortune(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Place Called Freedom(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Third Twin(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hammer of Eden(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Code to Zero(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jackdaws(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornet Flight(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whiteout(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Notes: The Apples Carstairs books were written under the pseudonym of Simon Myles. Amok: King of Legend and Capricorn One were written under the pseudonym of Bernard L. Ross. The Modigliani Scandal was written under the pseudonym of Zachary Stone. The Mystery Hideout and The Power Twins were written under the pseudonym of Martin Martinsen.

The Big Needle was also published as The Big Apple in the United States. The Mystery Hideout was also published as The Secret of Kellerman’s Studio. Eye of the Needle was also published as Storm Island.

Follett does not consider Heist of the Century to be his book, but rather a re-write of Rene Louis Maurice’s original French work. It was also published under the titles of The Gentleman of 16 July, Under the Streets of Nice and Robbery Under the Streets of Nice.


  • Nina

    I have never read his books before and I started with the Fall of Giants book. Took me a while to finish it, but I loved it and am now reading the second book, Winter of the World – it’s very good so far.

    • Kbtowns

      You will love all of his books. The are all so different but the stories are so rich and full of detail. They leave you satisfied not wishing for more.I absolutely love him

  • Ledined

    It normally takes me years (holiday reader) to finish a book, Just read Pillars of the Earth in a few weeks – could hardly put it down, Desperately searching for more books. Thank you for a brilliant novel.

  • Henry Wynhurst

    The Fall of Giants is the first book I’ve read by Ken and I absolutely loved it, I am now looking for more of Kens books. Thank you, Ken your the best.