A spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of
Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...
of Tom, the mason who becomes his architecta man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a
secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
is one of the world's most popular novelists. He has sold approximately 90 million books.
World Without End
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World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople
finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth.
You took a risk to write The Pillars of the Earth. Were you confident it would work both critically and
commercially or were you surprised when it became such a success after it was published in 1989?
I felt I had written a very commercial novel with a heavyweight theme, and I was hoping for a big reaction
from critics and the public. The reviews were mixed and the public response was, at first, muted. The book
sold about the same number of copies in the United States as my previous book, and frankly I was disappointed.
But over time it became clear that Pillars
was a phenomenally popular backlist title, selling at double the
rate of my others. So I was surprised twice.
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