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Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.

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From: Concepcion Hoffman
On: Friday 3 April, 2020

I have re-read your novel , 'A Place Called Freedom' and I believe it would make a great film. It is filled with so many unforgettable characters, and an exciting story line, especially the historical aspects. I have been a faithful fan of all your books, and look forward for more. Thank you!

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From: Bonnie Laquidara Michel
On: Saturday 4 April, 2020

Dear Sir Ken,

COVID lockdown. I re-read 'Pillars' in March, and in April turned the final page of 'World Without End,' wishing instead that it was BOOK Without End! Even though it was also the second time I've read it, I know someday I will read them both again. Add to these 'A Column of Fire' which I just finished, (early May), and I am really in the dumps!

I must add here that in school, history - ANY history - was my least favored subject. I dreaded required history courses. Thanks to the unique stories you have woven around and through historical events, however, you have changed that for this old girl!

However you do it, just keep doing it. I'm 72 and easily relate to your young characters, but then feel like the old ones, too. Please be careful of this insidious virus. Take care and stay well!

With sincerest good wishes to you and all of your dear family!
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From: Marty Lyons
On: Sunday 5 April, 2020

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just finished reading 'World Without End'. Your description of the plague is remarkably similar to the pandemic that the world is currently experiencing. The fact that the world then survived gives me hope today.

Thank you so much.
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From: Austin Kardell
On: Monday 6 April, 2020

Quarantined due to coronavirus and I found a Readers Digest Condensed Books from 1992 with your novel 'Night Over Water'. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and helped me pass time during this lockdown! I look forward to reading the Century Trilogy next...

All the best
United States

From: Donald Winsor
On: Wednesday 8 April, 2020

It's amazing, a book you wrote in 2007 has the exact plague as the coronavirus in 2020. How did you do that... that's pretty good insight! I am a avid fan of yours and have all your books... from the first to your last. I haven't seen the copy of your latest novel. Congratulations from a faithful reader.


From: William Brezsnyak
On: Thursday 16 April, 2020

I just finished 'A Dangerous Fortune'. Best book I've ever read. Its a classic and I hope you won recognition from the literary community. I can't wait to read your next book.

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From: Florence Kelly
On: Friday 17 April, 2020

'The Pillars of the Earth' was a wonderful distraction while going through my divorce in 1996. I was never much of a reader, but your book inspired me to become one. I have read (or listened to the audiobook) of every one of your novels, most multiple times. I anxiously await each new book. Thank you.

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From: Gail Stier
On: Friday 24 April, 2020

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have just finished reading 'The Pillars of the Earth', and I loved it! It was so interesting to learn more about that period of time, and I really got into all the characters. I get chemotherapy every other week and so your book helped me keep my mind off of my symptoms and allowed me to relax. Years ago, I read 'The Key To Rebecca', which has the best beginning line of any novel in my opinion!

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From: Vadim Van Meenen
On: Sunday 26 April, 2020

Dear Mr. Follett,

I live in Ghent, Belgium, and I enjoyed reading your Kingsbridge saga. My interest in history and gothic cathedrals has been sparked by your wonderful story. It is almost magical how you bring back history to life in such a realistic and accurate way.

It rarely happens that I read a book that at the same time gave me a great sense of sympathy for the main characters and a deep hatred for the antagonist.

Your unique story has influenced the choice of my study at the university. I now study conservation-restauration with great motivation, and I hope that someday I will be able to work on a project to restore a great cathedral to its former glory.

I wanted to express my deepest thanks that you wrote this literary wonder which has changed my life.
I wish you all the best and a good health during these times.


From: Jackolyn Arey
On: Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Dear Mr. Follett
You are a gifted communicator, an awesome writer, and educator. I love your books and I have to thank you with all my heart because with this Covid-19 reality hitting us all -- I don't know that I could get through it without your books. Thank you. Prayers and love to you and your family.

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From: Lisa Richards
On: Wednesday 29 April, 2020

I did not want to read any of your books! My husband reads them, my daughter reads them but I do not! They enthuse about them all the time. Eventually (to shut them both up) I agreed to read a few pages of 'Fall of Giants'. Thank you thank you thank you.

It is brilliant - I'm a convert. I think, as my daughter suggested, the beauty is in the strength of the female characters you have. I'm afraid I do have to 'eat humble pie' and admit that my family were right. I do however, have the last laugh... they are now jealous that I have so many more of your worlds to visit for the first time as they line up my reading list!

Thanks again... keep them coming!

Best wishes
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From: Barbara Ziemba
On: Thursday 30 April, 2020

You are absolutely my favorite author. Now that I have the time, I've been reading all your long novels and have to say, I just finished 'Winter of the World' and couldn't put it down! I'm going to start 'Edge of Eternity'. As my daughter would say, 'you're the bestest'.

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I look forward to your letters. Please write to me via the Contact page, and do see earlier letters

If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title...