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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: Kari Rose Pinkerton
Sent: Thursday, December 2, 2004

Dear Ken
You are truly my most favorite author and I always check the book stands to see if you have a new release, since I have already read all of your books. I was thrilled to see a new one coming out and cannot wait to engross myself in it. I feel like I am inside your stories when I read them and am always sad to finish a book. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is my all-time favorite novel and I have read it twice and plan to read it again. Thank you for being such a talented and amazing author.

United States

From: Paul Cabelli
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2004

G’day Ken,
I’ve been a fan forever and always eagerly await your next novel. I’ve read everything you’ve published in Australia (there is a Follett shelf in my library!). ‘Pillars’ is still the standout, even though I read it over ten years back. Can’t wait to read ‘Whiteout’, but savouring and saving it for a holiday.

You’ll be pleased to hear that ‘Pillars’ came in at number 21 of 100 in a recent “Australia’s Favourite Book” survey. The Bible was number 3, behind ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’! Not sure what to make of that, however I was really pleased for you, being my favourite writer, and ‘Pillars’ being my favourite book of all time. I just really admire your research ethic, which presents clearly in your writing and completes the transportation of us avid readers, to where you wish to take us.

I hope I don’t sound like one of those weird unstable cross-eyed cardigan-wearing obsessed fans with funny shakes, funny smells, a stutter, a Nat Dickstein T-shirt, a “the last camel collapsed at noon” tattoo, an imaginary third twin, and nothing else to do coz I’m not!! (I can prove it too – I haven’t read ‘A Place Called Freedom’ or ‘A Dangerous Fortune’!) Anyhow, many thanks for the great writing and great stories. Love your work mate!

Paul Cabelli

From: Doug Shapiro
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004

Dear Ken
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading many of your books. I was thirteen when I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and to this day it is still my favorite. Thank you for providing me with so many hours of entertainment and adventure. Because of your works, I have become an inspired reader.

Doug Shapiro
United States

From: Shunji Araki
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004

Dear Ken

I enjoyed reading your books. I read five of your books this year, ‘Hornet Flight’, ‘The Hammer of Eden’, ‘Jackdaws’, ‘Code to Zero’ and ‘Eye of the Needle’. Now, I am reading ‘Whiteout’. Thrilling!

Looking forward to seeing you here in Japan.


From: Endre Ommundsen
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004

Dear Ken

I’m a Norwegian student studying in Australia. Before I left Norway I got a book from my girlfriend, ‘Code to Zero’. This was my first book in English, and I really enjoyed it. I have read six of your books, and they are smashing!! Keep up your good work!!


From: Tom Pope
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004

Hi Ken

Just finished ‘Whiteout’! Great… thanks for a fantastic story as always. You know, it’ll make a great movie!

Your friend in Kentucky, Tom
United States

From: Tai Che
Sent: Sunday, December 26, 2004

Dear Ken

I love your books, especially ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (read it three times), ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ (read it three times), ‘The Third Twin’ (read it twice), and ‘A Place called Freedom’ (read it twice)! Thanks for producing many hours of reading entertainment! I must say that your writing is becoming very addictive to me.

Cheers, and happy holidays!

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