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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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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.

United States

From: Veli-Pekka Niemikallio
Sent: Tuesday 2 September, 2008

Dear Ken,
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!

United States

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’.

United States

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.

United States

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

United Kingdom

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.

Thank you

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.

United States

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.

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From: Bruce
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.

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