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Book of the Week - World Without End by Ken Follett
7 January 2016

As 2016 arrived I finished a superb tome – Ken Follett’s follow up to Pillars of the Earth – it’s called ‘World Without End’ and is set in the 1300s. It’s another blockbuster, that’s for sure – over 40 hours on audiobook! But after getting into it, it’s kept me riveted as much as any I’ve read over the last year or so. The goings on in a medieval town charting the rivalry of villagers and priory, during the time of the plague, really gives a roller coaster ride and the narrative drive, keeping me ‘page turning’ (well the equivalent, in Audible terms!) was almost exhausting at times, so skilfully does Ken Follett build you up then tear you down again.

After I read his first one, Pillars of the Earth, which had been recommended to me by a pal, I skipped ahead to the early 1900s for one of his later ones, and enjoyed it. So maybe I’ll go there again next. But I think I need a rest from superlong audiobooks before I do. I’ve got a couple of shorter ones to ‘tuck into’ awaiting my attentions on my iphone app next. Plus have got some super well being books to read that are enlightening - and there's nothing quite like being enlightened to start the new year!

Mind you, Ken Follett's research is so good, you learn about life in his chosen era too.

Murder, intrigue, plague, and pestilence all play a part in this stunning sequel to the international best seller The Pillars of the Earth.

On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.

As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.

Now THAT’s a write up! ANd it got me so engrossed i find myself quite missing Merrfyn, Carys, Wolfrick and Glenda! i'd give it a good 9 out of ten.

Go here to get World Without End on amazon.

 

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