Acclaimed author Ken Follett will visit Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday March 26 to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Why Cathedrals?’ in the Eastern Crypt at 19:30.
The lecture is part of an exclusive tour of five Cathedrals to mark the 25th anniversary of the global bestseller ‘The Pillars of Earth’. This is a rare opportunity to hear the bestselling author talk about the inspiration behind this historical masterpiece.
Many times I have been asked why Pillars has such a big impact. There is no simple answer, because a novel is so complex. But I come back again and again to the people who built the cathedrals. Those men and women were by modern standards, poor and ignorant. They lived in wooden huts and slept on the floor. Yet they created the most beautiful and awesome buildings the world has ever known. Human beings have the capacity to rise above mundane circumstances and touch the eternal. That is what Pillars is about and, in the end, I think that may be why it has so profoundly touched the hearts of so many readers for so many years.
Pillars of the Earth, first published in 1989, is the epic of family drama, violent conflict and vaulting ambition set around the building of a great cathedral. It has sold a staggering total of 19 million copies in thirty languages. It was followed by World Without End – the long-awaited sequel and an international number one bestseller. Worldwide sales of all Ken Follett’s books stand at around 130 million copies.
Tickets for ‘Why Cathedrals?’ are on sale at Waterstones (20 St Margaret’s St, Canterbury CT1 2TH) (+44)1227 456343 priced at £10 & £5.
Half of the proceeds raised from ticket sales will go towards the Canterbury Cathedral Trust.
Ken’s lecture will be at Canterbury on Wednesday 26 March; his talk will take place in the Eastern Crypt at 19:30 and will be followed by a book signing.