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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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From: Ryan Kerrigan
Sent: Monday 5 June, 2006

Mr. Follett
I do enjoy your writings. The combination of historical fact and fictional characters does help bring history alive, and you do it as well as anyone.

Thanks, Ryan
United States

PS - my favorites are ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘Hornet Flight’.

From: Marike Viljoen
Sent: Tuesday 6 June, 2006

Hello Ken,
I was a librarian for 20 years in South Africa, and one day I just picked up this book that a reader brought back ‘Lie Down with Lions’ — I was hooked! Since then I have read all your books. Currently I’m an English teacher in Korea, and we have to go to Seoul to second-hand bookstores to get English books. I saw ‘Pillars of the Earth’ there the other day, and although I’ve read it long ago in South Africa, I bought it. We had a public holiday today, and I just spent 14 hours reading it again! How lovely! I can’t wait for the follow up. Thank you so much for the wonderful hours of reading pleasure.

Kind Regards,
Marike Viljoen
South Korea

From: Anne Carbery
Sent: Tuesday 13 June, 2006

Was looking to see when your new book was out, and I cannot tell you how pleased I am that you are writing a follow-up to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, which is my favourite book. I work in a small local library, and we asked our members to nominate their favourite author or book and I am pleased to say your name came up as being the all-time favourite, and ‘Pillars of the Earth’ was also many of our borrowers’ favourite books. I look forward to reading your new book. Many thanks for all the hours of pleasure your books give me and many others.

United Kingdom

From: Paola Mazzitelli
Sent: Wednesday 14 June, 2006

What can I say? You’re my hero, thanks to your books I started reading again! I always fall in love with your characters and every time I feel sad when the story ends and I have to leave them. I convinced lots of friends to read your novels and now they’re all crazy about you! You’re really special, I hope you’ll keep on writing for a long time.


From: Abhishek
Sent: Wednesday 21 June, 2006

Mr. Follett,
You have an ardent fan in me here in India. I’ve read six out of your many novels, and presently I’m reading ‘Pillars’ after reading all those rave reviews about the book. The book which made me your devotee was undoubtedly ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. I was totally mesmerised by the storyline and its captivating characters — especially the formidable Augusta. I must mention here that all your lady characters are quite strong, and many a time they take over the male characters as well!

Nevertheless,your novels have never disappointed me, they never will. And what I love the most is your language — your selection of words and expressions is beyond compare. Keep on entertaining us with your unparalleled story telling skills.


From: Rajarshi Dutta
Sent: Thursday 22 June, 2006

Dear Mr Follett,
I have read most of your novels and enjoyed them. I liked ‘A Place Called Freedom’ the best. I most recently read ‘A Night over Water’… delightful. The characters are so alive. The ridiculous class system in England too comes across so strongly. Even now the House of Lords exists — unthinkable in many countries. Hope you continue your good work, sir.

All the best

From: Dodie Steenland
Sent: Friday 23 June, 2006

Hello Ken
I’m an old fan of yours, currently reading ‘The Key to Rebecca’ for the third time. I thought you might like to know that I never tire of reading your novels over and over. Of course, I give it a year or two between reading the same one. Anyway, have a great day and good luck with future endeavours. Take care!

United States

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