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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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I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…

From: Sav Tropiano
Sent: Monday, March 8, 2004

Dear Ken,

Just finished ‘Jackdaws’, on the heels of ‘Hornet Flight’. Loved both, but especially the descriptions and references to culture. I can taste the ersatz coffee while sitting at an outdoor cafe across from a church. The detail about the way people interacted at an individual level and as a community reminds me of the places I have passed through on business. Your writing is powerful enough to take me back to the images, people, and attitudes I experienced. I miss Flick! Excellent reads! I will buy your hard covers on any topic as long as you write and publish.


Sav Tropiano
Pickering, Ontario, Canada

From: Carl Goodwin
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004

Dear Ken,

I am almost at the end of reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’. It has been such a good read I can’t wait to find out what happens at the end. The only trouble is I don’t want it to end. Just read that you are going to start a follow up this year. Please do. I have read only three of your books so far enjoyed them all. Best of luck for future books.

United Kingdom

From: Robin Bather
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004

Hi Ken,

I picked up a used copy of ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and couldn’t put it down. I found myself scoffing down my lunch in the canteen at work so that I could sit out in my car and read a couple more chapters of your wonderful book during my lunch hour.

Now that I have finished it I will start to look for other titles of your books.

Keep up the good work, Ken.

(in the depths of Mexico)

From: Jason Lindseth
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004

Dear Ken

I was wondering you knew if there some substances that can cause heart attack without leaving any trace.


(I’m afraid I don’t! – Ken)

From: Alan Gillies
Sent: March 23, 2004

Dear Ken,

Recently found your site and was surprised at the amount of detail and personal comments from your good self.

I have read all your available books and always keenly anticipate your next release, I look forward to reading ‘Whiteout’.

My favourite book has to be ‘Pillars of the Earth’, I always recommend it highly as simply the best book I have ever read. It was first recommended to me by a friend but after he told me the subject matter I honestly thought “oh how exciting, a book about a stonemason in the 12th century”!!!! What a mistake, I have read the book at least half a dozen times and been through 3 copies of it so far.

‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ are also quite brilliant and kept me rivetted from beginning to end.

United Kingdom

From: Christopher Bennett
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Dear Mr. Follett,

I have always wanted an opportunity to write you and tell you that your writings have had such an influence on me. When I was young I did not like to read. My mother had put a paperback book in my stocking at Christmas for years hoping that it would entice me to read. It wasn’t until I was 17 or 18 that she placed your novel ‘Eye of the Needle’ in my stocking and that evening I forced myself to read it just to please my mother.

For the first time in my ‘leisure’ reading life I could not put the book down! Your style of writing had finally opened the door for me to enjoy not only your other books, yet explore reading others.

I just thought you would like to know that your books have not only given the public pleasure but can only hope that your works have inspired others like myself to enjoy the act of reading!

Thank you,

Christopher Bennett
Richmond, Virigina USA

From: Aylin Abdülhayoglu
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Hi Mr. Follet,

I want to thank you for writing such excellent books. My marks in English weren’t very good before, but after reading nearly all your books in English I got from a D to a B.

Greetings from Germany
One of your greatest fans

From: Debashis Bhattacharyya
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004

Dear Ken,

I had never read you — only heard about your work from friends and colleagues who cannot put down your books once they pick them up from a bookshelf — till the other day, when, browsing at a bookstore in Calcutta, I ran into your ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Got drawn to the book when I read your long yet captivating note – or was it some kind of confession — that preceded the mammoth novel. Would you believe it if I told you that I finished a quarter of the novel just standing there. It took me nearly one and a half hours, though. I wonder how you’d managed to hold the story together. Really incredible.


From: Fran Boullón
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Dear Ken,

I’ve just finished the ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I need say you that it’s a amazing book. I suppose everyone says that to you after reading this book of yours and you’re already bored, but I want you know that this book has changed my way of reading and I encourage to you to write its second part. Thank you so much for all.

Fran Boullón

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