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: Brian Dear
Sent: Wednesday 1 November, 2006
I just read ‘Hornet Flight’ and I was amazed. I appreciate your attention to detail, especially when describing the trade craft of the Resistance and the aviation details. I am far from home, living in Korea and your story captured me from the first page. I read the damned thing in one marathon sitting! I am a big Hemingway fan and I appreciate your effort to write clear, strong prose with appropriate detail without “gilding the lily”.
As a journalist, I especially liked your historical framing, however your characters were the prime draw. A good war book isn’t about bullets, it’s about personalities and you nailed it perfectly. Thanks for the entertainment and intimate portrait of the Danish situation.
From: Angelica Lima
Sent: Thursday 2 November, 2006
I’m writing here to tell you that your books are very good. My favorite is ‘Triple’: this history is like travel around the world, knowing the cultures.
Thank you very much.
From: Alex Wilding
Sent: Thursday 9 November, 2006
I just finished ‘Hornet Flight’ and have a hard time pulling myself out of the realm of historical fiction and back to reality. Mostly because of the setting in which the story takes place: Denmark. Denmark, my home away from home (USA). Thank you for taking me back to a country I love so much. As I read this wonderful novel, I related so well to the people, places, and customs. Then to catch a glimpse of the important role Denmark played in the eventual downfall of the Third Reich made me appreciate the country of my forefathers even that much more. Thanks Mr. Follett. I’ve read several of your novels and have yet to be disappointed. Keep up the great work!
From: Atula Gupta
Sent: Thursday 9 November, 2006
The very first book I read of yours was ‘Hornet Flight’ and what struck me as brilliant was the detailing of your novel. After a gap of two years I got to read ‘Jackdaws’ and I absolutely loved the way ‘Flick’ won the war!
I think she made me feel brave and positive about myself, and I know you may have nothing to do with boosting people’s morale, but when a book is well written, it may sometimes change your readers’ attitude too! So thank you for being such a great writer… keep up the good work!
From: Ben Goodland
Sent: Friday 10 November, 2006
I am writing to you to thank you for reminding me about the joys of reading, in this age of technology, TV and the Internet I had not picked up a book for a number of years until I was given your book ‘Code to Zero’. As I read it, I realised that for all technology in the world imagination and a good story could not be beaten. I have now read 3 of your books having just finished the magnificent ‘Hornet Flight’. For so many years I did not pick up a book and I now find myself not being able to put one down.
Ben Goodland, London,
From: Anne Thureson
Sent: Saturday 18 November, 2006
I am writing on behalf of my husband, who was in the Danish underground during the war. He doesn’t read books very often, but was persuaded to read ‘Hornet Flight’. He was astonished on the accuracy of the details. You described the yellow houses in Nyboder, and St. Paul’s was in this district. This is where he went to contact the underground. He was in the underground for three years. Your book brought back a flood of memories for him. He now lives in Canada, but the descriptions of places in Copenhagen that you write about bring him home again. Thanks for your book.
From: Mary Lee
Sent: Tuesday 31 October, 2006
I am re-reading ‘Pillars’ – what an absolute masterpiece! I cannot believe how you wrote such a book. I am enjoying it just as much this time, or maybe even more! Interesting what you said about “word of mouth” as I would have recommended this book to very many people over the years since I first read it. It is a tremendous piece of work and I will continue to recommend it to everyone who wants an unforgettably good read.
Sincere best wishes for the success of the sequel – I am already looking forward to reading that! Thank you very much for this book.
P.S. ‘Whiteout’ is on my shelf but has to wait until I finish ‘Pillars’!
If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title