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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: Rosie McKernna
Sent: Friday, 22 August 2003

Hi Ken,

My name is Rosie and I am 13 years old. I was recently recommended ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ by my dad and after reading it I feel almost enlightened! I am a big Harry Potter fan but I think your book is worth a million of those.

I was never a religious person, but the book helped me to really appreciate religion and even cathedrals. I will be recommending the book to my English class at school and I’m sure they will all like it just as much!

I have just borrowed ‘The Key to Rebecca’ from the library and can’t wait to read it.

Rosie McKernna
United Kingdom

From: Larry
Sent: Tuesday, 26 August 2003

Dear Ken

My name is Larry, and I have been an admirer of your work for ten years now. The first time I read your work was in 1993, when I read ‘The Key To Rebecca’, as I settled into my hotel room in Mombasa, Kenya during a break from my deployment to Mogadishu, Somalia.

Since then, I have read and thoroughly enjoyed several of your books, if not for their relevance to my own life’s journeys, then simply for your superb and naturally likeable writing style. Furthermore, once the book is finished I feel like I have actually lived the story’s events in my own life. I cannot seem to put your books down once I have started them, as I am simply captivated by the plots and characters.

At present, I am deployed to Iraq, and have been so for almost five months. I have already begun my third Ken Follett book on this trip, ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’. I made it a point to pack as many of your books in my bags as possible before I left home. I anxiously await your latest book, Ken. I would have immensely enjoyed meeting you at a book signing, but perhaps there will come a time later on. In closing, best of luck, Ken, with your latest work, and all of your future endeavors. Please keep up the great work…!

United States

From: Maren Kristoffersen
Sent: Thursday, 28 August 2003

Hello Ken!

You probably hear this hundred of times a day, but I just had to write to you and tell you how much I love your books. What I like best about your books is that they are so different from each other. No matter what mood I’m in, there’s always a book of yours that suits me.

The first book I read was ‘Code to Zero’, and I was caught. I’ve never had a favourite author before I read your books. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is just amazing!!! I don’t think that I ever will find a better book. I read it in two days.

I also enjoyed ‘A Place called Freedom’. The only book I didn’t like SO much was ‘The Hammer of Eden’. But the other eight I’ve read are fantastic, so 8 of 9 are not so bad, I must say!! :) Unfortunately I don’t have time to read so much nowadays due to my studies, but I’m hoping that I’ve soon got time to start on ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. Looking forward to that.

And I hope you will write MANY more books, because I have many years in front of me to read them :)

Take care!
Love Maren (20)

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