BESTSELLING author Ken Follett was at Salisbury Cathedral at the weekend to mark the 25th anniversary of his book The Pillars of the Earth.

Best-known for the book that depicts the struggles, scandals and secrets during the construction of a mediaeval cathedral, Follett gave a lecture on the subject and why it fascinates him.

The author says Salisbury was one of the cathedrals that inspired him to write The Pillars of the Earth, which remains his most popular novel and the one of which he is most proud.

Follett was joined by actor David Oakes - who played the dastardly William Hamleigh in the TV mini-series was on the book - and by Gary Price, the cathedral’s clerk of works, for a question-and-answer session after the talk.