Black and white headshot of Ken Follett with white hair and dark-framed glasses.

Event information

2 Oct 2023


BP Lecture Theatre; and online via Zoom


  • Individual tickets
    £18 (Members in person)
    £8 (Members online)

Package tickets

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£90 (Members in person)
£40 (Members online)


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Join master storyteller and international bestseller Ken Follett to explore his latest historical epic, The Armour of Light.

Diving into the turbulent 18th century, Follett will discuss the inspiration behind this powerful tale of revolution and cast of unforgettable characters.

Beginning in the fictional town of Kingsbridge at the end of the 18th century, this momentous story tells of a group of linked families whose lives are turned upside-down by the new age of machinery. The strife and brutality of the Industrial Revolution is intensified by a 23-year war between Britain and France. As international conflict nears, a story of a small group of Kingsbridge people will come to define the struggle of a generation as they seek enlightenment and fight for a future free from oppression.

The book completes an eight-volume cycle of novels that chronicle the history of Western civilisation over the last thousand years.

This event is part of the Members' exclusive 2023 Literary season: historical fiction.

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You can join this event in person, or via Zoom.

Attend in person (£18 per event or £90 for all six events)

  • Book an individual ticket (£18 per event) to secure your place at the event in the BP Lecture Theatre.
  • Book a package ticket (£90 for all six events).
  • If you're experiencing any difficulties with booking or have any further queries, please contact the Membership Office at or on +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • Please note this lecture will be held at full capacity without social distancing measures in place. Hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning measures will be in place throughout the evening.
  • Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt. 
  • This lecture includes a complimentary drink.

Attend online via Zoom (£8 per event or £40 for all six events)

The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge.

Ken Follet

About the speaker

Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved authors, selling more than 188 million copies of his 36 books. His most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth, was published in 1989. It topped bestseller lists worldwide and was an Oprah's Book Club pick. The other novels in his ever-popular Kingsbridge series have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

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