Winter of the World

Winter of the World

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By (author) Ken Follett

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN
  • Format: Hardback | 832 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 68mm | 1,200g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0230710107
  • ISBN 13: 9780230710108
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 2,702

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Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother's formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism. He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence. The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London's East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima. At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists. Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race. Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett's uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy 'The Century'. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

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Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. He then surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the US, UK and Europe. Fall of Giants, the first bestselling book in the Century trilogy is followed by this, Winter of the World.

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By Kate Forbes 05 Sep 2013 5

This book follows on from "Fall of Giants" and is every bit as phenomenal a read. The way the author has managed to intertwine so many different characters story-lines so that they all seem to come together is extremely clever and surprisingly easy to follow given the amount of characters involved. There is everything in this book - action , suspense , drama , romance , love & loss. I guarantee you will love these two books! My overall recommendations are to read the books in order (as the second book continues on with the same characters etc) and also , before you start reading , let your friends know that you may be incommunicado for a few days and not to worry about you...Your O.K, your just reading! These books are HIGHLY addictive and VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN. !! 10 out of 10.