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Gentle reader

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: William Corley
On: Thursday 1 November, 2007

I just finished ‘World Without End’ and I must say it was magnificent reading. It was my first Ken Follett novel and definitely will not be my last. I am going to today to purchase ‘Pillars’. Bravo, Mr. Follett! Bravo!

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From: Lisa Carey
On: Saturday 3 November, 2007

I just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and must say that it is the best book that I have ever read. I’m an avid reader and have recently developed a love for historical fiction, this book was perfect! And unlike so many other novels, yours was detailed, it answered my questions and I was quite happy that you didn’t ‘shorten it’ to please your publishers!

Thank you and I can’t wait to get started on the next one :-)

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From: Allen Inger
On: Sunday 4 November, 2007

Just finished ‘World Without End’ and loved it. Unlike many novels of popular fiction there wasn’t one dull page. You certainly recreated the Middle Ages again as effectively as in ‘The Pillars of the Earth’.

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From: Trevor Oliver
On: Monday 5 November, 2007

I have just finished ‘World Without End’ and it was just brilliant. I couldn’t put it down and if it hadn’t been for work I would have finished it sooner. It is a fitting sequel to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and another of your books I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Many thanks.

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From: John Johnston
On: Wednesday 7 November, 2007

‘World without End’ is a remarkable accomplishment. I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ three times and was looking forward to ‘World without End’ with great and high expectations. This book exceeded my expectations; the story never quit or slowed down. There are the 7 deadly sins, all the virtues, love and hate, good and evil on practically every page and the book has over 1,000 pages. A tremendous achievement, you must be very pleased and proud of this work; your readers certainly are!

Thank you for this wonderful story.


From: Clare Rawlings
On: Friday 9 November, 2007

I have really enjoyed your books, and looking at your website have discovered you have written three I have not read – some to be getting on with until you write your next one.

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From: Lee Farb
On: Saturday 10 November, 2007

For years I have been telling everyone who would listen how wonderful your books are and how I so love reading them. Well now I guess Oprah heard it from me and now she is passing out the word. I imagine she will get the word to more people than me but with no more passion than I did.

Best wishes,
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From: Vicki Sorensen
On: Saturday 10 November, 2007

I just heard that ‘Pillars’ is the next Oprah book club pick. I just wanted to say a big CONGRATULATIONS! I have long been a fan of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (I’m in fact one of your first readers who has recommended the book to literally dozens of people). I am so happy that Oprah has discovered it and will now share it with the rest of the world. Your success is well deserved.

All the best,
Vicki Sorensen
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From: David Dahlen
On: Sunday 11 November, 2007

I have two words for you ‘Thank you!’. I just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ for the sixth time. I read it again after finishing ‘World Without End’. I have read hundreds and hundreds of books in my life, but there was only one that I read, and re-read. Now there are two.
Best regards
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From: Daryl Widebeck
On: Wednesday 14 November, 2007

I just finished reading your book ‘World Without End’. This is the only book of yours that I have read. A friend of mine gave it to me to read on a flight from Germany back to the States. I have had a real difficult time putting it down. Well after finishing, I had to drop a line and tell you that it is one of the best books that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I am going to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up a copy of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Thank you for an enjoyable read.
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From: Terry Joyce
On: Friday 16 November, 2007

I have just finished reading ‘World Without End’. I was a little sad when I got to the end because I wanted to read more. It’s great.

I didn’t think it could match up to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. It did. Please write the next one soon.

Kind regards,
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From: Robert Mazzone
On: Saturday 17 November, 2007

I thought ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ was one of the best books you had written, but you far outdid yourself on this one. It has everything that is in life in it, and that is refreshing. Thanks so much for your efforts, and keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to your next endeavor. I have read all your books and I have enjoyed every one of them.
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From: Barry Pollack
On: Wednesday 21 November, 2007

I just finished ‘World’ and I loved every minute of it. It was as great as ‘Pillars’, which is saying a lot. I want to thank you for all the hours of pleasure ALL of your books have given me, especially the two mentioned above.
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From: Theresa Ragazzini
On: Saturday 24 November, 2007

I have never read any of your books before Oprah’s list came out. I read quite a lot. I do have to say this is one of this most thrilling books I have ever read. I started and finished this book in 3 days. I could not do anything else.
Thank you
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From: Bobby Parker
On: Monday 26 November, 2007

25 years old and have never read a book for ‘fun’. Was walking through the store saw ‘Pillars’ and remembered hearing Oprah talk about it and then I picked it up. I read it in 10 days and bought ‘World Without End’ immediately.

Thanks for opening my eyes to the joys of reading for ‘fun’.
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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