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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Scotland, 1766. Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her own kind of hell. Though separated by politics and position, these two restless young people are bound by their passionate search for a place called freedom.
 
From the teeming streets of London to the infernal hold of a slave ship to a sprawling Virginia plantation, Ken Follett’s turbulent, unforgettable novel of liberty and revolution brings together a vivid cast of heroes and villains, lovers and rebels, hypocrites and hell-raisers—all propelled by destiny toward an epic struggle that will change their lives forever.
 
Praise for A Place Called Freedom
 
“Gripping . . . a very entertaining tale.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Compelling.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Quick-paced.”—New York Daily News
 
“An altogether entertaining reading experience.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Mack was in one of the common wards of Newgate Prison.

He could not remember all that had happened to him the night before. He had a dazed recollection of being tied up and thrown across the back of a horse and carried through London. There was a tall building with barred windows, a cobbled courtyard, a staircase and a studded door. Then he had been led in here. It had been dark, and he had not been able to see much. Battered and fatigued, he had fallen asleep.

He woke to find himself in a room about the size of Cora's apartment. It was cold: there was no glass in the windows and no fire in the fireplace. The place smelled foul. At least thirty other people were crammed in with him: men, women and children, plus a dog and a pig. Everyone slept on the floor and shared a large chamberpot.

There was a constant coming and going. Some of the women left early in the morning, and Mack learned they were not prisoners but prisoners' wives who bribed the jailers and spent the nights here. The warders brought in food, beer, gin, and newspapers for those who could pay their grossly inflated prices. People went to see friends in other wards. One prisoner was visited by a clergyman, another by a barber. Anything was permitted, it seemed, but everything had to be paid for.

People laughed about their plight and joked about their crimes. There was an air of jollity that annoyed Mack. He was hardly awake before he was offered a swallow of gin from someone's bottle and a puff on a pipe of tobacco, as if they were all at a wedding.

Mack hurt all over, but his head was the worst. There was a lump at the back that was crusted with blood. He felt hopelessly gloomy. He had failed in every way. He had run away from Hugh to be free, yet he was in jail. He had fought for the coal heavers' rights and had got some of them killed. He had lost Cora. He would be put on trial for treason, or riot, or murder. And he would probably die on the gallows. Many of the people around him had as much reason to grieve, but perhaps they were too stupid to grasp their fate.

Poor Esther would never get out of the village now. He wished he had brought her with him. She could have dressed as a man, the way Lizzie Hallim did. She would have managed sailors' work more easily than Mack himself, for she was nimbler. And her common sense might even have kept Mack out of trouble.

He hoped Annie's baby would be a boy. At least there would still be a Mack. Perhaps Mack Lee would have a luckier life, and a longer one, than Mack McAsh.

He was at a low point when a warder opened the door and Cora walked in.
Ken Follett

About Ken Follett

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Before Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, he was a little-known novelist who had written ten books, all under pseudonyms, in his spare time. Eye of the Needle became an international bestseller, won the Edgar Award, and was made into a major film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland.

The critical and popular success of that novel and its follow-ups, Triple (1979), The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986), moved Follett to the forefront of the world's espionage novelists. The Key to Rebecca was made into a mini-series starring Cliff Robertson and David Soul. Follett's first nonfiction venture, On Wings of Eagles (1983), an account of the 1978 rescue of two American business executives employed by Ross Perot, became a huge bestseller and was made into a mini-series with Richard Crenna and Burt Lancaster.

Follett then surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth , a novel about the building of a cathedral in the middle ages. Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on The New York Times best-seller list for eighteen weeks, substantially outselling Follett's previous hardcover books. The Pillars of the Earth also reached the #1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy, and it was on the German bestseller list for two years.

Although he has abandoned the straightforward spy genre, Follett's novels are still characterized by suspense, intrigue, strong female characters, and a commanding narrative. Following Pillars , his next novel, Night Over Water (1991), took place in 1939 aboard a trans-Atlantic flying boat, while his 1993 bestseller, A Dangerous Fortune , a turn-of-the-century murder mystery, centered around the rise and fall of a powerful Victorian banking family.

Ken Follett lives in Chelsea, London, in a 200-year-old house overlooking the River Thames, with his wife, Barbara. He is a lover of Shakespeare and an enthusiastic amateur musician who plays bass guitar in a blues band. He is also passionately involved in politics (although he wrote a book with Ross Perot, Follett is a committed liberal), and authored a pamphlet about injustice in the British immigration laws. His wife is currently running for a seat in the British Parliament.
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“Gripping . . . a very entertaining tale.”Chicago Tribune
 
“Compelling.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Quick-paced.”—New York Daily News
 
“An altogether entertaining reading experience.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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