Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.
I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…
From: Charles Lunsford
Sent: Monday 1 September, 2008
You are one of the greatest writers I have ever read and I strive in my own writing to emulate your ability to make a story flow. It’s pure envy – because I’m a writer so I can’t read anything without taking it apart, but I can find nothing to pan in your work.
I started with ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I’m currently working my way through anything else I can find that says Ken Follett on it. Currently ‘The man from St. Petersburg’. I hope you keep pounding them out. I’ll read them all.
From: Veli-Pekka Niemikallio
Sent: Tuesday 2 September, 2008
As a Finn I am not a man of words but I must tell you how fascinating all of your books are. For example I’ve read Finnish translation of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ twice but still, as I have an English version of it, I’m fascinated with it. Some other books too I’ve read in both languages. All in all you’re doing great work!
With best regards,
From: Teresa Curran
Sent: Friday 5 September, 2008
Thank you for ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I have enjoyed most of your books over the years – the first one I read was ‘Eye of the Needle’, when it first came out – a long time ago! As good as that still is, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is absolutely enthralling. I cannot remember enjoying a book as much as I have this one. Many thanks for the hours of pleasure that I have had reading it. Extraordinary!
From: Mel Shore
Sent: Sunday 7 September, 2008
I admit to being intimidated when I first saw ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. It is just so big. However, since I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Have also read 17 other of your books. I rate all my books + to +++++. Had to rate ‘Pillars’ “WOW!!”.
One of the main characters is a MASTER builder. You are indeed a MASTER story-teller. I look forward to ‘World Without End’.
From: Sherry Rosenthal
Sent: Tuesday 9 September, 2008
Dear Mr. Follett,
Thank you so much for sharing your novel writing process on this website. I am grateful to know how a seasoned professional actually does this and feel that it will help me a lot. The thoroughness of your planning and writing processes says a lot about you as a craftsman; and your generosity here says a lot about you as a person.
From: Anny Leunen
Sent: Sunday 14 September, 2008
Congratulations for all your books I read till now. I read all your books in French and perhaps I’ll try to read one day in English. When I read one of your books I am completely out of time and forget the problems of the life. Thanks particularly for your excellent historic research of documents that brings a lot of knowledge about several periods of history. Please forgive my bad English. I hope to read many other wonderful Follett books in the future.
Avec toute ma sympathie
From: Julia Tourianski
Sent: Friday 19 September, 2008
‘The Pillars of the Earth’ touched my heart, and filled me with romantic enthusiasm. Your characters are inspiring. I am in love with the story, and I hope I will enjoy ‘World Without End’ just as much.
From: Sheri Pohlman
Sent: Wednesday 24 September, 2008
Thank you immensely for ‘Pillars’ and ‘World Without End’. I read ‘Pillars’ when it first came out and could never forget the characters but reread it before I began ‘World’. I had the most engaging conversation a few days ago with one of my high school freshmen students. He is a lover of medieval history and he explained to me a number of things that helped me to understand the events of the book better.
From: John Legault Jr
Sent: Saturday 27 September, 2008
Ken, thank you so much for both of your books, ‘Pillars’, and ‘World without End’. I love history, and am a Minister so the story of the church and politics surround it were fascinating. I hated for the books to end. You are a really great story teller, a unique gift. It gives me a lot to think about.
Sent: Monday 29 September, 2008
‘World Without End’ is unbelievable. You are a very gifted man and I thank you for the enjoyment this book has given me. I didn’t think you could out do ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I think you did.
If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title