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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: Emily Doyle
Sent: Friday 4 July, 2008

Just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Amazing read. Couldn’t put it down. Thanks for a great book. Next book is ‘World Without End’, which will be purchased tomorrow.


From: Chris Rust
Sent: Saturday 5 July, 2008

I’ve just finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I’ve never written to an author before, but I wanted you to know that your work touched me and was most compelling. I am grateful to you for illuminating that period of history. You are correct: the story makes the reader believe that they know Kingsbridge and its inhabitants well. Thank you again and best wishes.

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From: Jessica Ravencraft Miller
Sent: Saturday 12 July, 2008

Thank you for hours of great reading… ‘Pillars’ and ‘WWE’ have given me great escape from confusing and difficult times, plus inspiration that is always needed. I’m convinced that I’ll now read all of the other books you’ve written.

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From: Paula Larocque
Sent: Sunday 13 July, 2008

Here it is, the first fan letter of my long life. I’ve read nearly all your novels (except ‘World Without End’, which I’ve bought and will begin soon). I’ve just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ this morning. Historical novels aren’t my favorite, but I was fully engaged in that book. I particularly loved the drawings of the cathedral at the beginning of each new section, so I could not only follow the building’s progress but also more fully imagine what you or Tom Builder or Jack were imagining and creating. I also liked that… Oh, I liked it all. Thank you for your life’s work — it has made our own lives richer.

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From: Laurence Cramer
Sent: Wednesday 16 July, 2008

I just read ‘Pillars’ and a friend lent me her copy of ‘World Without End’ last night. I hadn’t heard about the book, so Googling it lead me to your website. I had a book published three years ago, and my second novel has just been rejected… so feeling rather low I went on holiday and read ‘Pillars’. It has renewed my love of storytelling and inspired me to look at a rewrite of my new book.

South Africa

From: Clive Dyson
Sent: Sunday 20 July, 2008

Hi Ken, I have just finished ‘Key to Rebecca’ and what a fantastic story. It was made all the more interesting as I pictured my father as part of the Allies. He was captured in Tobruk in 1942. Your book has inspired me to research the movements of his artillery unit and the events that led to his capture.

I have never been a reader of novels and I am now in my 60s but so far I have read ‘Code to Zero’, ‘Hammer of Eden’ and ‘Key to Rebecca’, all in the last month. So thank you for awakening a new interest in me. ‘The Third Twin’ is the next on my reading list.

Kind regards and all the best for the future,
New Zealand

From: Anny Nguyen
On Monday 21 July, 2008

Which novel have I enjoyed most? So far… all of them. I’ve read ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, ‘Pillars’, ‘World Without End’, and ‘Night over Water’ and I have loved them all. Your books are just wonderful, such twist and turns never lets me put it down. And like Oprah said, when I get to the end, I never want it to end… now I’m currently looking for the next book on my list, maybe ‘Eye of the Needle’. I can’t wait to read all of your books!
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From: Daye Dequito
Sent: Monday 21 July, 2008

I’m reading your book ‘Pillars of the Earth’ on instalment basis… like half a chapter every weekend. You have no idea how difficult it is to restrain myself from finishing the book in one sitting because I don’t want the story to end… I truly, truly LOVE your book.

From: Stuart Lindsay
Sent: Tuesday 22 July, 2008

Hi Ken,
I just finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’, while recuperating from shoulder surgery. I found that book absolutely fantastic, (I’m sure you hear that a lot). I can’t believe that a person like me would love a book like the one that you’ve written. I’m really looking forward to ‘WWE’. I’m thinking about having my right shoulder operated on so that I can finish it in a timely manner.

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From: Nancy Johnson
Sent: Wednesday 23 July, 2008

Bravo! Just finished ‘World Without End’ and it’s at least as great at ‘Pillars’. Been reading your books since ‘The Key to Rebecca’ and find your character development just keeps getting better. You are the only male author I’ve read that understands a woman’s perspective. Well done! Would LOVE to see ‘World’ in film, at least 6 hours.

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From: Carl Knott
Sent: Friday 25 July, 2008

I have found your work something I can become totally lost in. It demands my attention and gets it!

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From: Patty
Sent: Monday 28 July, 2008

Hi Ken,

I just finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I don’t know how I remained unaware of this book for so long. I just finished it today, my birthday. What a wonderful birthday present this book was. I just LOVED IT! And I’ve always been into Thomas Beckett and so that just put the frosting on the cake. I am going out tonight to buy ‘World Without End’. THANK YOU!!!!!!

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From: Scott Brown
Sent: Tuesday 29 July, 2008

I love your WWII thrillers. I liked to stay with that era. Do you have any new WWII thrillers on the way? I’ve read ‘Night Over Water’, ‘Hornet Flight’, ‘Key to Rebecca’, ‘Jackdaws’, and ‘Eye of the Needle’. Are there any that are out that maybe I missed? Thanks… and keep up the good work.

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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