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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: Brian Teghtsoonian
Sent: Wednesday 4 October, 2006

Dear Ken
Wow!!! I got up at 6:00 AM to finish ‘The Pillars of the Earth’… this was one of the best books that I have read in a long time… thanks for the great read! I have read eight of your novels and have really enjoyed them all.


From: Dan
Sent: Wednesday 4 October, 2006

Dear Ken
I just recently finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, and I absolutely loved it. As soon as I was finished I came here and saw that you are working on a sequel, and I’m dying to read it. Can’t wait till it comes out next year, but in the meantime, I’ll catch up and read all of your other novels, because ‘Pillars’ was my first. You are my new favorite author, by far.

United States

From: Tina Chreppas
Sent: Wednesday 4 October, 2006

Dear Ken
About nine years ago I found myself in Penn Station in New York City waiting for a train to Florida. I was looking through the bookstore for a good historical novel when a strange man approached me. He asked me if I liked history and I told him I did to which he replied “Read this book. If you love it, great! If you don’t you’ll never see me again.” That book was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and it is my absolute favourite book ever! I am hooked on your novels and all thanks to a stranger. Thank you for your wonderful stories!


From: Claudia Hammer
Sent: Tuesday 10 October, 2006

Hi Ken
It is hard for me to wait on your new book!!! My aunt and my cousin in NZ have been reading ‘Pillars’ too, after I told them to do it! Hurry up with your new book! All the best for you!


From: Alan Campbell
Sent: Friday 13 October, 2006

I have just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and I must say that this is the best book I have ever read. I have read 4 - 5 of your books now and they never cease to amaze me.
Thank you Ken.

United Kingdom

From: Claude Perron
Sent: Sunday 15 October, 2006

Dear Ken
After reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I was hooked on your books I bought them all in the French version (pocket book). Thanks for permitting me to have great moments reading your stories. Behind the action you always give us some information on history from different parts of the world.


From: Kiran
Sent: Friday 20 October, 2006

Hi Ken
I have read all your books except ‘Whiteout’. You are the best author that I have come across by a long way. I really do love the way you present your characters that gives a feeling that they are a part of our daily lives. Be it romance, spy works, action or emotion your books have it all. I have been looking for ‘Whiteout’, haven’t yet got it. Will be reading it real soon. Please continue writing books. Thanks a lot for all your wonderful novels.


From: Bruce Clement
Sent: Monday 23 October, 2006

Hello Mr Follett
I’m a golden oldie, now 67, and have always loved reading. I become desperate when I run out of books of a particular author that I’ve taken to! To my shame I only discovered your books recently. Wonderful! I admire you for capturing and keeping my attention throughout. I’m hooked! Just completed ‘On Wings Of Eagles’. This after starting with the couldn’t-put-down ‘Eye of the Needle’. ‘The Hammer of Eden’ and ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ is waiting. Thanks for the pleasure you give others with your wonderful God-given talent.

South Africa

From: Samuel Evans
Sent: Wednesday 25 October, 2006

Dear Mr. Follett
I don’t claim to have read all of your books, in fact I have only read ‘Whiteout’. However it made a big impact on me and to date is the benchmark which I compare all other books to.

I am 15 years old and hope to become a writer one day. Therefore I found the Masterclass pages on the web site both useful and interesting. Thank you – I believe I learnt more in ten minutes then from over a decade of English lessons: although my teacher was not amused when I pointed this out to her.

My parents recommended ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ to me and my brand new paperback copy lies expectantly upon my desk. I will leave now to go and begin it. I am confident that I shall love it and I am already looking forward to the sequel.

Yours sincerely
Samuel Evans
United Kingdom

From: Malcom Macdonald
Sent: Thursday 26 October, 2006

Dear Mr Follett,
I was surfing the net looking for something else when I stumbled upon your web site. I can now add your web site to the list of your work that I have read. I have read everything that you have published in your own name and at least 80% of what you published earlier under other names.

Living in Brazil does not afford me the luxury of large, English language bookstores on every corner so I have learnt over the years the advantage and enjoyment of re-reading novels if they are good enough. Well yours are certainly in that category. As I said I have read all your books and with three exceptions (Lions, Eagles and a Place called Freedom which I do not own but have read other people’s copies) I have read every other book at least four times. Congratulations on your work, I am looking forward to your next success.


From: Amera
Sent: Friday 27 October, 2006

Dear Ken
I have been reading your books for many years now; they are true ‘thrillers’! ‘Whiteout’ is very powerful in its conflicts between strong and weak characters; not only in the physical sense but also as emotionally and ethically weak and strong human beings. The contrast between Kit and Toni is very sharp as is the one between Daisy and Craig.


From: Sharif Mostak
Sent: Saturday 28 October, 2006

Dear Mr. Follett
Many thanks for delighting us the way only you can do! I have just finished reading ‘Jackdaws’. It was, as usual with you, a gripper! Just before it, I read ‘The Man from Saint Petersburg’, ‘Lie Down with Lions’, ‘The Modigliani Scandal’ and ‘The Hammer of Eden’ – all in only fifteen days – to the great annoyance of my wife and blissful happiness of mine. Please try to live long so that you can delight us the way only YOU can do, like I said!


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