Date of Publication: September, 2020
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Thirty years ago, Ken Follett’s ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ was published by Pan Macmillan, which has now sold over 27 million copies worldwide. This new novel is the masterful prequel to his best-loved historical masterpiece and it is set to capture the imagination of long-term Follett fans and new readers alike.
‘Pan Macmillan has had the pleasure of working with Ken for thirty years this year, with the first title we published the international phenomenon ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. The longevity and success of our collaboration has been a source of huge pride for Pan Macmillan. The fact that today, in this anniversary year, we announce the publication of Pillars’ prequel is therefore tremendously exciting on all levels. We cannot wait for publication next year.’Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher of Pan Macmillan
30 years on from publishing their first novel with Ken Follett, Pan Macmillan announces the publication date of Follett’s new novel, The Evening and the Morning, releasing on September 2020
(It is)…‘A journey that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.’Ken Follett
‘The idea for a novel often comes from a question: Why were the cathedrals built? Why did we have World War One? The Evening and the Morning started with me asking myself what Kingsbridge was like before the cathedral was built. So the new book takes us back to the turn of the first millennium 1000 AD. It’s called The Evening and the Morning because this period is the end of the Dark Ages and the beginning of the Middle Ages. I’m delighted by the reaction so far of editors to The Evening and the Morning. I hope you enjoy it.’
It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and in England one man’s ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning will take the reader on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate.
England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns.
In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined: A young boatbuilder’s life is turned upside down when the only home he’s ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land. But the customs of her husband’s homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.