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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: Roy Ellwood
Sent: Tuesday 2 October, 2007

Dear Ken
I have been waiting for ‘World without End’ since 1989. It arrived in the mail this morning. I am hesitant to start reading it as once I have read it I will not have it to look forward to.


From: José
Sent: Saturday 6 October, 2007

Dear Mr. Follett,
I’m a 25 year old reader from Spain. I’ve recently finished reading the latest edition of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and, having finished it, I’ve felt the need to just say ‘Thank You, thank you’ for this novel.
‘Pillars’ has been one of those books that I’ve been hearing of all my life, and now I finally decided to read it, I’ve got to say it has been one of the best books I’ve read in years (and I love to read). It is hard to find such an interesting, complex and engaging story, which is able to keep you stuck to the book for more than a thousand pages. I really enjoyed your novel, which was the first book from yours that I read, but for sure it won’t be the last one.
Once again thanks, and best regards.


From: Ralph Muller
Sent: Sunday 7 October, 2007
I am re-reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ for the third time now (first time in at least 10 years) and it remains among my very favorite novels. I didn’t know about the sequel until just today but I am looking forward to it!


From: Jaime Bulmer
Sent: Tuesday 9 October, 2007

Dear Ken
Thanks a ton! ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ has been my favourite book for about 10 years now when I first was “forced” to read it by my homeroom teacher in High School. Since then I read many of your other books as yours seems to be the only writing style I enjoy. Other than your books I simply don’t like to read. Yesterday I bought ‘World Without End’ and I’m greatly looking forward to reading it. So thanks for continuing the story!


From: Roy Ferrari
Sent: Tuesday 9 October, 2007

Read many of your works but I have read ‘Pillars’ three times. I will read it at least once more before I read your newest book, ‘World Without End’. I love your historic novels. Keep up the good work. I think ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ would also make for a good sequel.

United States

From: Rachael Taylor
Sent: Wednesday 10 October, 2007

Mr. Follett,
I love your work! My husband originally turned me on to you by having me read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, his favorite book of all time – in fact he has had everyone in our family read it. I can’t wait to read the sequel. I appreciate that you write strong women characters – thank you. I just finished ‘Lie Down With Lions’ and absolutely loved it. As a person who just returned home from 5 months in Iraq I must say you captured the feel of the land and people perfectly. I know you must get these types of e-mails all the time but I just wanted to tell you how much I admire your work. Thank you for providing quality literature.

United States

From: Melissa Blackburn
Sent: Wednesday 10 October, 2007

Dear Ken
I never considered myself a reader until I was in my 30’s when I was given ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ to read. I really didn’t want to, 1 000 pgs seemed too much to fathom. By the end of the book I was sad to say goodbye to my new ‘friends’. I am so excited to begin ‘World Without End’! Thanks for inspiring me to become an avid reader!

United States

From: Wendy
Sent: Friday 12 October, 2007

Dear Ken
I have just started a writer’s course and to read your ‘Masterclass’ piece on your website has been extremely helpful. In a few short pages you managed to teach several very useful tips and I am deeply appreciative. Thanks so much and good luck with your work; especially your new book!
Best wishes
United States

From: John Daley
Sent: Sunday 14 October, 2007

Hello Ken,
Just wanted to congratulate you on ‘World Without End’. It was absolutely fantastic. It is every bit as good as ‘The Pillars Of The Earth’, which is my favorite book of all time. I reread it every year or so. Now I can do the same with ‘World Without End’. I’d also like you to know that you are without a doubt my favorite author. And I look forward to all of your books.
Congrats again,
United States

From: Olivier Elzingre
Sent: Thursday 18 October, 2007

Dear Mr Follett,
I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ a number of years ago and have long found it to be one of the most thrilling novels I have ever read. I have started ‘World without End’ recently (though not quite finished yet) and I believe it should carry a warning for people who have a profession or need to look after a young child. This novel takes the reader completely into its world. It is not possible to put it down. The only thing I hope is that it does what it says on the cover, and will not end.
Thank you and best regards,

From: Sean Mayers
Sent: Friday 19 October, 2007

Dear Ken,
‘World without End’ – so far I have missed 3 meetings and given up 2 days of consultancy, the kids have been late for school and I have been late picking them up, the house is a tip and nothing gets done! Brilliant sequel, gripping at the turn of every page. Thank you for taking the time to write this. In my opinion, your best book yet.
United Kingdom

From: Dan McClean
Sent: Saturday 20 October, 2007

Ken, I have now completed reading ‘World Without End’. It is one of the two best books that I have ever read and I have read a whole bunch. The other book in this category is your ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Thank you for such a good story that has been well researched and written.
United States

From: Alice Colognesi
Sent: Tuesday 23 October, 2007

Dear Ken
Your first book I read was ‘The Modigliani Scandal’ and I didn’l like it very much. But then I didn’t stop and I started to read all the others. Wonderful, most of all ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘Eye of the Needle’. Right now I’m reading ‘Night over Water’ and I’m enthusiastic!! Thank you for what you do and never stop!!

From: John Lauer
Sent: Thursday 25 October, 2007

Dear Ken
A number of years ago I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. What an awesome book! This morning I finished reading ‘World Without End’. Once again, outstanding! In my mind you are the best of our time. If there is to be a third book following this remarkable story I hope I live long enough to read it.
United States

From: Donna Sheperd
Sent: Friday 26 October, 2007

Dear Ken
I bought your new book ‘World Without End’ a week ago and it was so great that I finished it last night. I teach European history at a high school and found it fascinating. I have ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ on my reading list for students and many, many of them have chosen it over the years. Every one of my students who read it loved it! Now I will add your new book, too! Thank you

United States

From: Raymond Guzman
Sent: Friday 26 October, 2007

Dear Ken
Just wanted to say that you’re one of my favorite authors and that I really love your books. I don’t expect you to reply, but I figured it would be cool to at least say that I sent you an e-mail. Thanks!

United States

From: Peter Hunt
Sent: Saturday 27 October, 2007

The only thing wrong with ‘World Without End’ is that it came to an end. A truly amazing work! Great story telling with great characters. Caris joins a long line of wonderful, strong females that inhabit your stories. Now what do I do? Read ‘Pillars’ for the third time? All The Best.

United States

From: David Don
Sent: Saturday 27 October, 2007

Dear Ken,
Just finished reading ‘World Without End’ and I absolutely hated putting it down. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ was one of my all-time favorite novels, but I honestly think you have surpassed yourself here. THANK YOU. And maybe we can hope for yet another sequel?

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