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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: Lori Smith
On: Thursday 7 September, 2017

Countless hours of sleep you've taken from me...and I've loved every minute of it. Your books absolutely captivate me. When I read The Century Trilogy, I was transported to another time and place. I literally could not stop reading. My husband was reading them at the same time. We went weeks without speaking to one another! I felt the same about the Kingsbridge Series, and so many others. I'm thrilled about your latest and cannot wait to get started! Thank you for taking me to places I would otherwise never be able to go, and thank you for introducing me to such interesting people along the way.

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From: Raquel Babiano
On: Saturday 9 September, 2017

Mr. Follet, I would like you to know that I am one of the many people who love reading your novels. I like your style. I pray for your good health and a longer life so you can publish more novels.


From: Dave Zabel
On: Tuesday 12 September, 2017

In my lifetime (I'm 70) I've read thousands of books. You are by far my favorite author.

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From: Pablo G.S.
On: Tuesday 12 September, 2017

Congratulations on your new book released today. Finally the waiting is over. Can't wait to start with it but I only allow myself to read one chapter a day so that it lasts longer. Thank you for being the best writer in the world.


From: Joe Marcus
On: Tuesday 12 September, 2017

Thank you! For hours of not wanting to put down a book again. For amazing character development. For hours at the beach, where I love to read, and sleepless nights where I have to go back and re-read because I read myself to sleep. Please don't stop. Please keep going. Thank you!

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From: Bud Long
On: Tuesday 12 September, 2017

Thank you for ‘A Column of Fire’. ‘Pillars’ is my all time favorite novel and with this third 'instalment ' It feels as if a friend has returned. Thank you. Stay well.

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From: Sandra Kent
On: Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Why is today the best day of the year? Because I just received my copy of 'A Column of Fire' which I pre-ordered from Amazon a long time ago. I am anxious to start it although I am in the middle of another book and I think that author deserves at least a small measure of loyalty since she has written an interesting story. I always look forward to the latest book by Mr. Follett because as I have said before he is my favorite author. It is always a dilemma when he releases a new book because I don't know whether to read it quickly because I know it will be well-written, informative, and entertaining or whether to savor it slowly because I know it will be a while before I can look forward to another book by him. We do share a birthday although unfortunately - for me - I am a year older than Mr. Follett. I simply cannot express how much pleasure your books have given me over the years. I have learned a lot from reading your books and I admire your amazing talent. I look forward to beginning 'A Column of Fire' very soon.

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From: Laurent Vermeil
On: Friday 15 September, 2017

Dear Mr Follett,
I have discovered your books and novels years ago and years after years, you became one of my favorite author. I was enthusiastic yesterday when I heard your interview on radio and I am looking forward to reading ‘A Column of Fire’. I would be more than happy to have the opportunity to meet you one day so that you could sign one of your books for me.

Thank you for the renewed pleasure you give me book after book.

Yours faithfully

From: Howard Schanzer Jr.
On: Saturday 16 September, 2017:

I am currently reading 'A Column of Fire.' As with all your writings I am totally enthralled...reading everywhere. 'The Pillars of the Earth' my all time favorite book... the other two Kingsbridge books I put on a like plane.

Many thanks,
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From: Natalia
On: Saturday 16 September, 2017

I am a huge fan of your work!!! Without doubt you are my favourite author!! Thank you!!!


From: Jo Tummers
On: Sunday 17 September, 2017

Dear Mr. Follett
I just would like to let you know that I enjoy your historical novels so much that it is hard to put into words. It was almost impossible to put them away, even in the very late evenings. I will start reading ‘A Column of Fire’ tomorrow, which will be a guarantee for many beautiful evenings, I am sure. Thanks for all the work you've done, writing those masterpieces!


From: Melanie Pest
On: Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Hello Mr. Follett,

I just wanted to tell you how much I loved 'A Column of Fire'! I finished it last Sunday, after staying in bed for hours, just drinking tea and reading.

The first of your books that I ever read was 'The Pillars of the Earth' . I picked it up in a little bookstore on my way home. I had left my apartment that morning without my Kindle and the 1,5 hours drive to work was excruciating. I'm not one of those people who can just listen to music while staring out of the window, I need something to read. So when I was about to go home, I simply had to get something to read before I got on the train. There is a certain cover design that I tend to respond to very well, but more often than that it's the books with a lot of pages that catch my attention. I simply love to really lose myself in a story and if a book has more than 500 pages I’m bound to at least pick it up and take a closer look. I had never read a historical fiction novel before, but 'Pillars' seemed interesting, so I bought it and got on the train and started reading right away.

I missed my stop.

That almost never happens to me. But the story pulled me in so deep that I didn’t pay attention to my surroundings. I just kept reading and when I finally got home I just continued reading and the next day I bought 'World Without End' because I KNEW that I was going to love it. I finished both books in less than two weeks.

After I had finished them I felt empty. It was the classic book hangover. Nothing else seemed interesting enough to read, no book really managed to make me want to keep reading the whole day. So naturally I took a closer look at your other books. I borrowed 'The Eye of the Needle' from my grandfather and read it over the weekend. On Monday I bought 'Fall of Giants' , which had just been published. And again, I loved it. After I was done with that book, I started reading 'The Pillars' again, this time looking up people and events that were described. I did the same with the second book of the trilogy and 'Fall of Giants' . While waiting for 'Edge of Eternity' I watched the TV series.
I don’t know how to say it, I'm not that good with words, but the way you mix historical facts with fiction is simply amazing. The way everything adds up and how much sense everything makes and how I suddenly understood the things my history teachers tried to make us understand, it blows my mind. Thanks to you I developed a more serious interest in history. Your novels make it somehow more 'touchable' . Reading about certain events in history books isn't the same, they always seem so far away. But you manage to make them more real, closer to the Now.

I really enjoyed reading the Century Trilogy. More than once I cried, and the Epilogue of 'Winter of the World' broke me, I couldn't stop crying, it touched me in a way not many novels have. I equally enjoyed reading the whole Kingsbridge Trilogy. Kingsbridge has got to be one of my favorite fictional places and I am really going to miss it. I couldn't wait for the last part and I preordered the book as soon as I could. And after it was published a week ago I used every free minute I could get for reading. I loved how you made those little references to characters like Caris, Merthin and Prior Philip and how they have become legends and that their names are remembered, even after all this time. But I also felt sad, because there were so many other people in Kingsbridge that I came to love and there was no mention in this book whatsoever. And why should they have been mentioned? Of course, this is true to life. People are born and then they die and sometimes people remember them by their deeds, but more often than that they just vanish behind the veil of the past, and with them the beautiful and sad stories of their lives. This made me think of all those stories that have been lost, all those people nobody remembers. Every church I pass has been built by so many people and whenever I walk by one I can't help but think about all those nameless faces, whose descendants probably don't even know they existed. And I am sure their lives have been interesting and worth remembering. I never really thought about all this, but you made me do so and I am very thankful to you for that.

Fascinating, how books can change your view on life and make you reflect more.

Thank you.


From: John O’Sullivan
On: Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Can't express how much I've enjoyed reading your works over the years, and especially the trilogy beginning with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I'm about to finish ‘World Without End’ (absolutely incredible) and greatly looking forward to ‘A Column of Fire’ Keep up the great work, please!

All the best!

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From: Myriam Khelifi
On: Wednesday 20 September, 2017

My name is Myriam, I am 12 years old and I live in Québec City. I just wanted to tell you that your work is fantastic! We are reading one of your books in my French class named 'Peur blanche' and it is quite incredible!
Thank and continue your great work! We need it!


From: Mark
On: Saturday 23 September, 2017

Dear Mr. Follett,
Having just completed 'A Column of Fire', I wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed it. You weave the characters together with actual historical events so well that it appears effortless, although it takes a great deal of effort to make something look effortless. You offer a balanced presentation of religion and people. No one is a super hero, although some are definitely better than others.

It was hard for me to put the book down. When I came to the end, I wished the story would continue. Thank you for this fascinating look at history.

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From: Dianne Scott
On: Sunday 24 September, 2017

Ken: I have emailed you in the past as a HUGE fan. loved everything from ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ to ‘Edge of Eternity’ AND all previous novels. Just wanted you to know that I have picked up ‘A Column of Fire’ and am so excited. I eagerly await every book and am thrilled that we are going back to Kingsbridge and over 900 pages to boot. I am in heaven. Keep them coming.

Thanks Ken,

From: Sergei Shvetzoff
On: Sunday 24 September, 2017

Thanks for sharing your writing. Your books are the best. I like to switch genres with the same author. My favorite is ‘A Place called Freedom’.

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From: Cathy Weaver
On: Sunday 24 September, 2017

Just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. I am 67 and lived through some of the events. This gave me great insight into history. I loved ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ and look forward to your next book.

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From: Barbara Legnani
On: Sunday 24 September, 2017

Dear Sir,
I bought the new book just released here in Italy two weeks ago. I put it in the library so that I could see it every morning before went to work. Today I decided to start reading it. The wait is over. I can not wait to dive back into Kingsbridge. My favourite place EVER. Thank you for your incredible work and passion when you write ... and now I go to read.


From: Malou Baltz Nielsen
On: Sunday 24 September, 2017

Hello Ken. My name is Malou Baltz and I am fourteen years old. I just purchased your new book, 'A Column of Fire', and I absolutely love it! I haven't been able to put it down since. Big fan!

Best regards from Denmark.

From: Naman Chaudhar
On: Monday 25 September, 2017

Hello Mr Follett
I'm Naman, a journalism student from Delhi, India and I recently (accidentally) came across your book 'A Column of Fire'. And what a fortunate accident it was, for I loved it so much that when the pages on the right began to thin, I was dreading and mourned its completion. Count me in your fan list!


From: Marc Proulx
On: Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Just wanted to say thank you for ‘A Column of Fire’. Loved it to the very last page.


From: Rose Evers
On: Thursday 28 September, 2017

I just finished ‘A Column of Fire’. I brought it with me everywhere and read whenever I could. I love when I find a book like that. So great to be back in Kingsbridge.

Thank you!
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From: Lynn Hoban
On: Thursday 28 September, 2017

Hi Ken: I love your newest book, ‘A Column of Fire’. I am reading it now. Your books have given me many hours of reading pleasure and I am a huge fan. I also love John Lee, your narrator. His inflections are quite entertaining. I especially love 'And WHAT were they going to do?' So funny. I wish you could write more of these epics. I can't get enough of them. Great work and many thanks. You are my favorite author of all time!

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

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