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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: Daniela Frische
Sent: Thursday 1 May, 2008

Hello! I’ve just finished ‘World without End’ and I can’t believe how good it is! usually I’m a bit anxious about sequels, because most of the time they’re not as good, but ‘World without End’ … WOW! I bought the book and the audio-book at the same time, so just in case I didn’t get the chance to read, I could still listen to the story! ;-)

I first came across ‘Pillars’ when I was about 12 years old. I started reading, and I couldn’t put it down, even for 5 minutes. I’m 23 now, and read it 4 times in German and 5 times in English. It’s still, and always will be, my favourite book of all time.

One of your biggest fans,

From: Sherri Smith
Sent: Monday 5 May, 2008

Dear Sir,
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful read and look forward to the sequel. I have grown up seeing your books on my dad’s shelf and even attempting to read one once, however, they didn’t suit my taste. ‘Pillars’, however, was beautifully written and took me to a place I long to see for myself now. I appreciate an excellent author and you sir are just that.

Thanks again.

From: Chris Navarra
Sent: Tuesday 6 May, 2008

Thank you for ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I consider myself very Catholic, and because you’re not a believer and because people have agendas, I was half expecting an attack on my church. But, you did an amazing job relaying the culture of the time (the good and the bad) and actually did my church justice. You’re amazing – God Bless

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From: Vivek Sharma
Sent: Thursday 8 May, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
I had read your two novels ‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘Code to Zero’. Wanted to say you that you are an excellent writer and please keep entertaining us by your amazing novels.

With regards

From: Karina
Sent: Friday 9 May, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just finished ‘Un mundo sin fin’, in Spanish because I live in Spain and so my son and friend can read it after me, and I found your website on the cover. The book is fascinating, and although I doubt that a woman could really be allowed to be so enterprising and free-thinking in the 14th century, I think both the theme and the construction of the story are wonderfully well carried into effect.

Also I congratulate you with your website, one of the most personal and complete I have ever seen, especially the “Errors & omissions” chapter proves your integrity. I hope to read many more of your publications.

Thank you!

From: Margaret Mattes
On Monday 12 May, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
Ten years ago, thirteen women started a book club in one of the boroughs of New York City. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ was our first book. Since then, many of us have traveled wide and far and we never looked at a cathedral the same way again. Your book had educated and enlightened us! We have read many books (one a month) and still consider our first read the best! On May 17th we are celebrating our tenth anniversary with ‘World Without End’ and we can’t wait to read it.

We wish you much happiness and success.

Margaret Mattes and The Red Tent Book Club, Rockaway, New York
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From: Michael Dickson
Sent: Monday 19 May, 2008

Dear Ken,
Thank you for ‘Pillars’. I recently finished the book and I was left with two very distinct sensations. One was that of arriving at a destination after a long journey, the other was remorse that the journey was over. What a great story. Probably the best I’ve ever read.

Take care and thanks again.
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From: Holly Hay
Sent: Wednesday 21 May, 2008

I happened to pick up ‘Jackdaws’ to read and fell in love with your style of writing. I have since read ‘Hornet Flight’, ‘Whiteout’, ‘A Place called Freedom’, ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and am currently reading ‘Night Over Water’. I tried reading something else in between and keep going back to your books. You have ruined me. I love the way you get the readers so involved with your characters. I have purchased several more, ‘Key to Rebecca’, ‘Code to Zero’, ‘Paper Money’, ‘The Modigliani Scandal’, ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’, ‘On Wings of Eagles’, ‘Lie Down With Lions’, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. I just need to know you are not going to stop writing and will come out with some more soon. I manage to read about 1 every two weeks and at that rate I will be out soon. I have been passing them off to my boss and he and his wife are enjoying them just as much.

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From: Miguelida Samiel
Sent: Thursday 22 May, 2008

I’ve been a fan since ‘Eye of the Needle’. My sister-in-law asked to read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ so we could discuss it. Needless to say I finished reading it yesterday and I think she stopped after the first 50 pages. She doesn’t know what she is missing. I enjoyed best how you entwined the characters keeping them interesting. It is a never ending story, I was never bored! You showed goodness at its best and evil at its worst.

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From: Teri Voss
Sent: Saturday 24 May, 2008

Hi Ken
I am pissed at you. Why? Because I am finished ‘World Without End’ and there isn’t another one to fill its place… read immediately after finishing what I now call my favorite novel ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and want to tell you that I quite well could have lost my job over your writing. The effects are rather similar to anything I have ever been addicted to in my whole life. My behaviour was anything from:

  • stay up late, irresponsibly in order to just read a bit more when I work at 5am.
  • bring book to work, sit in parking lot and finish “one more chapter” before sighing and walking in the building.
  • taking book into tanning bed, and to the gym with me.
  • I would see things in real life in my travels and instantly I would be reminded of a character or something in the book (like a trigger).
  • Reading either of these books makes me feel like I am with old friends, and to finish one of them creates a sad unfillable void.
  • I am returning to university after 9 years and put my bio-psychology book aside… for a fix of your book.

My talents in this life time, Dear Author, lay elsewhere. But I respectively bow to yours. Truly a well woven masterpiece, you don’t miss a thing. Every character is alive and tangible, whether they are loathsome or charming.

Many thanks Ken, and blessings to you and yours.
Teri Voss

From: Louise
Sent: Monday 26 May, 2008

Pillars – WOW! Couldn’t put it down. I was captured in the first paragraph. I agree with many others that this is your finest book. The espionage stories are excellent, of course, but you really outdid yourself on this one. Good luck with your next story whatever it may be.

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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