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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: Matt Van Praag
Sent: Thursday 1 December, 2005

I just finished reading ‘Whiteout’ last night, and I must say I absolutely loved it. I have read several of your novels, and by far place this one in the top three (next to ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘Eye of the Needle’). I was fascinated by Sophie and Craig’s relationship and the way Kit evolved as the story carried on. It was tremendously written, and I will without a doubt be recommending this story to family, friends, and even strangers. For as long as you choose to write, I will choose to read. Thank you for creating an alternate world that I was able to be consumed in for a few days of my life.

United States

From: Don Hollins
Sent: Saturday 3 December, 2005

Dear Ken,
I have read thousands of books, both fact and fiction. I am now partly through your ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and would like you to know it is without doubt the best novel I have ever read. It is also the first book of yours I have read but will now make a point to read all your works.

Don Hollins

From: Dorianne Pirotta
Sent: Sunday 11 December, 2005

I really like your books. They have a bit of everything romance, passion, adventure, excitement… I escape into a different world for some hours and let myself get involved with all the different characters in the novel. Good luck for your new novel, it will surely be a success.


From: Lauren
Sent: Wednesday 14 December, 2005

Dear Ken,
To be honest, I had never heard of you until about a month ago. I raided my older sister’s huge book collection and she recommended ‘Jackdaws’. I have never been very interested in ‘war stories’, but she urged me to try, so I did… and I have to say it is one of the best books i have ever read!! It took me a total of three-and-a-half days to read — I took it everywhere with me. I came on your website today to find out about other books you have published, and I intend to read every one of them. I will let you know which are my favourite. Thank you, you have changed how I pick my books in the future.

South Africa

From: Marianne
Sent: Thursday 15 December, 2005

Dear Ken,
You are one of my favourite authors. I’ve read most of your books, and am now looking forward to reading the ones I’ve missed, since they are all nicely listed at your website. I know when I pick up any of your books I’ll get an exciting read, well written in language that is suspenseful without having to resort to the gratuitous use of four-letter words. Your characters are real, well developed and as far as I can tell none of your books smack of formula writing. I am now reading ‘Whiteout’ and I can’t put it down.


From: Monty Kennedy
Sent: Friday 16 December, 2005

Hi Ken,
Unbelievable. I now have read 13 of your novels and they were all great reading. 13 for 13! Not bad. You are batting 100%. I can’t say that about any other writer. Great job and please keep writing! There is a Barnes and Noble here in Tucson, Arizona where your books are being bought up, one-by-one.

United States

From: Deborah Teitler
Sent: Monday 19 December, 2005

Thank you for your incredible generosity in posting a ‘Masterclass’ with advice that is so practical and motivational. You have said in a short amount of space what many “how to” books and composition classes are unable to.

United States

From: Jennifer Houseman
Sent: Sunday 25 December, 2005

Dear Ken,
I just wanted to tell you how much I love your work (I think I own all your books) and how excited I am about the sequel to ‘Pillars’, the book that inspired me to travel to England to see cathedrals in person. It changed my life and I am profoundly grateful. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.


From: William Nathan
Sent: Sunday 25 December, 2005

Hi, I would just like to say how brilliantly all your books are written. I am only sixteen and over the past week I have read both ‘Whiteout’ and ‘The Eye of the Needle’ and tonight I anticipate beginning ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Thank-you for supplying such inspiring and capturing material.


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