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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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I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…

From: John Duffy
Sent: Monday 2 June, 2008

Dear Ken – As an avid reader, I have amazingly only just discovered you! I first read ‘Jackdaws’ a few weeks ago after being recommended by a friend, since then I have read ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘Whiteout’ and I have just read probably the best book I have ever read, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I have never read a historical book such as this and have never enjoyed a book so much, I just could not put it down – fantastic! I am so looking forward to ‘World Without End’. I shall enjoy reading all your books in the coming months, years.

Yours sincerely
United Kingdom

From: Joe Staudenmeier
Sent: Wednesday 4 June, 2008

Many thanks to your parents for deciding to procreate. Your books are just phenomenal. My previous favorite book was ‘Pillars Of The Earth’. My new favorite is ‘World Without End’. Thank you. Please write more in the medieval genre. Thanks,

United States

From: Karin Silverthorn
Sent: Friday 6 June, 2008

Ken – congrats on your rejuvenated success with ‘Pillars of the Earth’. However, as you were interviewed by Oprah, I wanted to scream – ‘A Dangerous Fortune, read A Dangerous Fortune!’ I’ve read most of your books but ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ is by far my favorite!

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From: Petter Winding-Sørensen
Sent: Friday 6 June, 2008

I’m afraid I have to reprimand you on writing such an exciting book. Do you have any idea how tired I am at work when I read your books? My wife is telling me that I have a free will, and am allowed to put the book down, but I have no idea what she’s talking about… I had the same problem with ‘Pillars of the Earth’ – actually I have that problem every time I read it.

As you may understand I love these two books – there is something about the people and situations you manage to create that intrigues me to no end.

Please write more, as I can always sleep in boring meetings anyway :-)

Best regards

From: David Stephens
Sent: Sunday 8 June, 2008

Hello. My name is David and I am only 12 years old. I’m in the middle of ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I think I’m on page 701 or 702. I really like the book so far. My parents had already read the book. My dad has read all of your books except ‘The Modigliani Scandal’ and ‘Paper Money’. So after I finished a Star Wars book I had to have something to read at school for class. So I asked my parents if If I could get another book. Then my parents told me to read the Pillars of the Earth. My dad said to read a little that night. I might have read just a couple paragraphs but when I read the small boys came early to the hanging I was hooked. So thanks for reading this and you might get this a lot but I’m one of your biggest fans.

United States

From: Kathleen McGrath Ho
Sent: Monday 9 June, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
Thank you for posting the Masterclass. After seeing your Oprah interview, I wanted more information. You provided this in the Masterclass. Listening to you touched the writer within me and I felt moved to follow through with my lifelong ambition. I hope to send you my novel someday, with tremendous gratitude.

United States

From: Grace Jorgensen
Sent: Wednesday 11 June, 2008

Just finished ‘Pillars’ and I feel a little lonely. It’s hard to believe that it’s over. A great book. Our club will be discussing it next Friday. I have not come across anyone who has not enjoyed reading it.

United States

From: Margaret Vissers
Sent: Wednesday 11 June, 2008

After hearing about ‘Pillars’ on Oprah’s booklist, I picked up my own copy and couldn’t put it down. Since then I have read four of your other novels and have thoroughly enjoyed them all! You are a master story teller and I thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

United States

From: Flemming Quist
Sent: Saturday 14 June, 2008

I am thrilled. I have just finished reading your novel ‘Hornet Flight’, which I by coincidence picked up in an airport. I think it was Madrid. Needed something to read on the flight. I selected the book because the theme was Second World War, something with flying and related to Denmark. I am a Danish police officer, although I haven’t lived in Denmark for the last decade. I am a 1960 vintage but have a historical interest.

The story is spellbinding, but what I really like about the book is your description of localities; Copenhagen, Nyboder, Nyhavn, Politig√•rden, which I obviously know very well, the hard religious life on the west coast of Denmark in the forties. The atmosphere with “smørrebrød” and “snaps”. It must have taken a lot of research.

Congratulations on an excellent book.


From: Marjorie Campbell
Sent: Monday 16 June, 2008

Thanks for all the wonderful hours of joy in reading your books (have read 11 of them so far) and expect to finish all of them in 2008 — so please keep writing!

United States

From: Tiffany Martin
Sent: Wednesday 18 June, 2008

I’m going to have trouble now when I’m asked what my favorite book is. I used to be able to confidently say it was ‘Pillars of the Earth’, now I’ll have to say it’s tied with its sequel. You’ve done a marvellous job and both books will have a place in my heart forever!

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From: Chase Craft
Sent: Friday 20 June, 2008

I just had to drop you a line to tell you how much I have enjoyed your work. My first novel of yours, was of course ‘Eye Of The Needle’. Fantastic Novel! From there it was ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, ‘Night Over Water’ and ‘Hammer Of Eden’. Unlike most authors, your work is always original, intense, and ALWAYS hard to put down! In fact, you have inspired me to take fiction writing courses in college. I am looking forward to your future work.

Take care
United States

From: Denise Chalupsky
Sent: Tuesday 24 June, 2008

Hello Mr. Follett,
I only want to send you this message to tell that your are my favourite author absolutely!!! I have read so many books from you. I have just read your book ‘The Third Twin’ and at the end it was so overwhelming that tears run over my face. I love your novels and I always enjoy reading them. Please write more books :-)

Many greetings from Germany

From: Marci Elliott
Sent: Wednesday 25 June, 2008

Your writing is awesome, and I cannot put your books down. ‘Eye of the Needle’ was the first one I read and I was intrigued by it, even by the movie with Donald Sutherland as Faber. But ‘Pillars of the Earth’! Oh my goodness — it’s a masterpiece! I think it’s the best book I ever read. I’m going to read ‘World Without End’ next, and I can’t wait. I also loved your Web site and learned much about writing and publishing from you. I am a journalist with 30 years experience of newspaper writing and editing, mostly in Florida (Miami, Orlando, Naples and Tallahassee). Now I am retired and freelancing from home in Tallahassee, and am crossing over into fiction and creative nonfiction, two of my lifelong goals. Please keep on writing: You are a true inspiration and a master teacher!

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From: Ronald Sachs
Sent: Sunday 29 June, 2008

Just finished ‘World Without End’ and find it one of the most fascinating historical novels I have ever read.
Could not wait to read it and was sad when it ended. (You owe me a couple of nights sleep!). Don’t have a favorite novel – have read them all. Patiently waiting for the next one.

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