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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: Rodolfo Saiz
On: Monday 1 June, 2020

Dear Sir:
I read ‘A Column of Fire’, and I think that your book is the fruit of great effort to to thread a fiction within a historical context in a time full of great religious and political disputes. Please receive my congratulations.

Thank you

From: Jed Cartledge
On: Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Dear Ken, I just want to say what an absolute joy it has been to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth'. You are an absolutely incredible writer who combines flair, insight and a stunning plot to produce one of the greatest works of literature I've every read. The characters are masterfully created, the plot is masterfully created and the book is masterfully created. Thanks for bringing so much joy to my life!

United Kingdom

From: Michela Gobitto
On: Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Dear Mr Follett, I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful books you gave us. I am an admirer of your work. For me you are the number 1 best writer. Your books are really masterpieces because they contain all that a book should have: history, adventure, sentiment, thrill and suspense. Thank you . Hoping to meet you soon in Italy to have my book autographed. A simple but assiduous reader.


From: Dan Irby
On: Wednesday 3 June, 2020

I'm just finishing the 'Century' trilogy. I came of age during the 1960s and am impressed how well you weave fictional characters into actual events. As an observant US citizen, I must say 2 things: 1) the current time rhymes with 1968 and 2) I hope the rest of the world will ultimately forgive us for electing Trump. On the bright side, just think if the story opportunities Trump provides! I read a lot and look forward to spending time on your other books.

United States

From: Regine Singh
On: Thursday 4 June, 2020

Congratulations to your Century trilogy. Right now I'm reading 'Winter of the World', and I'm happy to possess practically all of your books. All the best to you.


From: Gayle Thomson
On: Thursday 4 June, 2020:

Hi, why oh why have I only discovered you this past 8 months, I can not tell you how much I am enjoying your books, The Kingsbridge series (not all and not in the right order) and The Century trilogy, ('Edge of Eternity' to go) I'm hooked, its almost like I'm living in all of the times.

Canary Islands

From: Allan Sheldon
On: Saturday 6 June, 2020

Hi Ken,
Ive just finished reading 'Jackdaws' and enjoyed it enormously. My heart was in my mouth for much of the reading of this book.
Many thanks for such a great read.

United Kingdom

From: Flavio Castorena Estefan
On: Monday 8 June, 2020

Hello, Mr. Follett,
I write you because I just finished 'Winter of the World', and I'm happy to said it became the best book I've ever read. It take to deepest part of my soul, specially about the fate and decisions that Carla lived. Also her resilience and determination give me feeling that I've never felt before. Thanks for being the way of my self-knowledge.


From: Erica Hutchinson
On: Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Mr Follett, I have just finished reading 'The Pillars of the Earth', hard to explain, the characters got to me so much gradually, now I have just started 'World without End', it is so good to be back in that world again. Thank you for your books which in my opinion is an education in itself.


From: Yanita Bouchard
On: Tuesday 23 June, 2020

I just finished reading 'A Column of Fire'.... I wish it had never ended! Good job! I could have kept on reading and reading. You did a wonderful job of writing Mr. Follett!


From: Tzippy Baruch
On: Thursday 25 June, 2020

Hi Ken. I just wanted to tell you that your books have had a huge impact on me. I listen to books on audio, and someone had recommended a book with a similar title to 'Fall of Giants'. I downloaded it completely by accident, and began to listen. I found the opening scene in the coal mine super boring, and eventually stopped listening and continued on to a different book I had downloaded.

One day, while driving, I finished the other book. I could not download anything else while driving, and I already had 'Fall of Giants' downloaded, so I just continued listening... That was the moment that changed everything. Throughout the Century Trilogy, I remained completely captivated by the story and the characters whom I grew to know and love so well.

Through this entertaining historical fiction, I also learned so much about world history, that I had never known before. I loved how you represented the angle of a main character from all sides of the war, from all the different countries involved. I could relate to all of the protagonists, which shows how pointless the wars really were. I also love how throughout the trilogy you use characters from the same lineage, so we can grow to love them all the more, since we know who their mother was, and who their grandfather was, etc. I recommended the trilogy to everyone I know.

Then I decided to give 'The Pillars of the Earth' a chance, even though my friend told me she did not manage to get through it. I listened to your intro skeptically. Tonight I finished it, and I never thought I could be more intrigued by a story of a monk and a cathedral. Thank you for going back to that cathedral story. Just wondering, is there any connection between Dave Williams' son being called John Lee and the gentleman who so wonderfully narrates your books on audio? Thanks!


From: Melina Rocio Lorenzo
On: Thursday 25 June, 2020

Hi! I'm Melina, I'm 23 years old, originally from Argentina.
I read The Kingsbridge Trilogy and The Trilogy of the Century. I must say that, 8 years ago I read 'The Pillars of the Earth' for the first time, by chance, since I was a very curious teenager and I took it out of my grandfather's library. Honestly, I was delighted to just read the first chapter, I was only 15 years old, I loved to read but ‘Pillars’ marked my life. Reading both trilogies took me 3 years, to this day, at a different time in my life I am once again immersed in the great history of Kingsbridge and feel the same way I felt at 15 years old. I want to thank you for each page written, for each character, each story, for making me feel all the feelings together, anger, love, anger, sadness, empathy, pity, etc. I consider it to be something majestic.

Best wishes,
Melina Rocio

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...