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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: Basil Markow
Sent: Sunday, August 1, 2004

Dear Ken
While on a trip to the UK this May I visited the cathedrals in Ripon and York and promised myself to reread your ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (for the third time). Just finished.

It is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. Last evening I was talking it up with dinner guests, one of whom was a retired Anglican minister who is presently reading ‘Pillars’ and we agreed that it should be on everyone’s bookshelf. Thank you !

Basil Markow
United States

From: Gail Wright
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Dear Ken,
I just finished your book ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. My only word is ‘awesome’! I happened to read it at a time in my life deciding if I should seek love or money and the answer is certainly always love. Thank you for keeping me on track. I had never heard of Ken Follet before and I am now an avid fan.

United States

From: Stéphane Nizet
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004

Dear Ken,
Last week I bought ‘A Place called Freedom’, half because of the very nice front jacket, half because of the nice summary. I am afraid I have to tell you that I never heard your name before. I have been deeply impressed both by the style and by the story. I just would like to thank you very much for the pleasure you gave me. I can’t wait to buy the others books from you and to find the time to read them! I already shared my passion with the French reader’s community in Austria, hoping that most of your work has been translated into French.


From: Brooke Press
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004

Dear Ken,
I am writing to tell you the affect your books have had on me. Growing up with a language-based learning disability sadly made reading an unpleasant task for me. I came to hate all books and read only when forced… that is until my mom dared me my junior year in high school to read ‘Eye of the Needle’. She told me to read the first page and if it didn’t grab me then I didn’t have to read it.

Not only did it grab me but since then I have read every single one of your stories. After reading everything with your name on it something was set off in me and I can t seem to put books down.

I eagerly await your next story! Thank you for having a wonderful impact on my life!

United States

From: Brian R. Siegfried
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Dear Ken,
When I first pick up a new book of yours I never know who is writing the book. Is it the first Ken Follet who wrote the spy gender books, the intricate author who wrote ‘Pillars’ and ‘Dangerous’, the pulp fiction writer of ‘Flight Over Water’, or the mass market writer of ‘Third Twin’… etc?

‘Pillars’ is by far my favorite (read 4 times) and I look forward to a new episode of this book and to ‘Whiteout’. Thank you for the great novels.


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