Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.
I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…
From: Ray Starmann
Sent: Saturday, September 4, 2004
Dear Mr Follett,
Just finished ‘Jackdaws’. What a novel! Well done! I couldn’t put it down for two days. Perhaps Dieter could return in a sequel as an East German ‘Stasi’ type with Flick giving up her PhD for a career in MI6?
As a young intelligence officer in the US Army back in 1988, I had the pleasure of meeting some real OSS/Jackdaws types at a museum reception. Even though they were well into their 60’s and 70’s, they all seemed to have the larger-than-life personalities you described so well in your novel.
From: Marilyn Lifsey
Sent: Tuesday, September 7, 2004
I was introduced to your novels two years ago when ‘Code to Zero’ was recommended to me. I could not put it down. since then have read ‘Lie Down with Lions’, ‘Paper Money’, ‘Dangerous Fortune’, ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘The Key to Rebecca’. I loved every page, now can’t wait to get ‘Hornet Flight’. I would never go on holiday without you!
From: Arantxa Gonzalez
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004
The first time I read one of your books was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in the Spanish language (Los pilares de la Tierra). I was 17 years old. I never imagined that one day I could read your books in the English language.
When I moved to London in 1999 the first book I bought was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ this time in English. It took me a while and a was big effort to read it but it was the beginning of my understanding of the English language. Thank you so much.
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2004
I came across a novel called ‘Code To Zero’ by an author I’ve never heard of… I bought the book, and it took me less than a week to finish it and declare it one of the best books I’ve ever read. It was very fast, thrilling, and those ‘flashbacks’ to the early days of the heroes enchanted me. I moved on to ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’, and now I’m reading your ‘Hornet Flight’. I’m amazed each time as if it were the first book I’ve ever read.
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004
I’m Elena and I’m writing from Italy. I’ve just finished ‘Nel Bianco’ (‘Whiteout’) and I liked it a lot. You never betray your affectionate readers… ;-)) Anyway, I prefer your “spy stories” in general (especially if they’re set during the second world war) but the setting and the plot of your new novel is original and quite eerie, because, unfortunately, every day we have to live with the fear of new terrorist attacks…
Well done Ken, Toni Gallo has just become one of my new heroines.. :-))
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2004
I wanted to write and convey my thanks for the absolute joy and delight your books bring to me. Each time I pick up one of your wonderful stories I am always, without fail, utterly captivated, from cover to cover. I fall hopelessly in love with each of your characters and by the time I reach the final pages I am breathless with anticipation, wondering how it will all end. Often, I finish your books only to start again at the beginning. I’ve read my favourite, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, probably half a dozen times. It was my first and of the four I’ve read since, I have not once been disappointed.
On more than one occasion, I have accidentally come across one of your books on a shelf and have been known to do a sort of jig in the aisle before rushing to the cashier to purchase it. I smile at people on the subways of New York City when I notice them reading one of your books. Many smile back.
I admire your talent and hope you will continue writing for years to come. One day, I intend to publish novels of my own, and your style has been a great inspiration.
With many thanks,
If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title