Richard Drake from Drake the Bookshop in Stockton-on-Tees said: "If you're after a big immersive book... this is the one. You get Ken Follet's really good way of intertwining fictional characters with actual events. I think it's a brilliant series."
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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
"At the heart of this latest novel from Booker winner Richard Flanagan there is a powerful tale of a family trying to decide whether to prolong the life of a dying relative, but some of the more fantastical elements seem out of kilter..."
— The Scotsman
3.57 out of 5
Follett is of the old school of didactic novelists, combining a boisterous tale with an uplifting lesson in history and civics. He understands that his average reader’s knowledge of both is probably rusty, to say the least; accordingly, he meticulously reconstructs an era and leads us through the follies and occasional heroics of its protagonists real and imaginary...Overall, Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly. He puts to good use the professional skills he has honed over the years — giving his characters a conversational style neither pseudo-quaint nor jarringly contemporary. That works well. And for all his belief in the redemptive quality of liberal humanism, he makes sure not to endow his characters with excessively modern sensibilities.