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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: Christopher Bumpas
Sent: Thursday 2 October, 2008

I realize that you probably do not have the time to reply, but I had to write and let you know that ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is by FAR the best book I have ever read. I don’t know what it is, but there is something about it that has me captured. I am a pretty hard-hearted guy, but this book has touched me on all levels of emotion.
Thank you for writing it!

United States

From: Jane and John Helliwell
Sent: Saturday 4 October, 2008

Just to say how much we have both enjoyed your writing especially ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World without End’. We have since gifted copies to our friends who have similarly not been able to put them down! We do hope that you keep writing especially in this vein as we feel that we have learnt so much social history as well as enjoying the plot. It is very difficult to choose which of the sagas we enjoyed most. ‘World without End’ just got it because we were really fascinated by the accounts of the plague and its devastation in small communities and the measures taken to counter it. Please do find the time and energy to continue in this genre!
We will eagerly await further books by you.

Jane and John
United Kingdom

From: Christine Shaw
Sent: Tuesday 7 October, 2008

Hi Ken, Thank you for your books. I have read most of them.‘Pillars of the Earth’ is the best book I have ever read, with ‘World Without End’ a close second. The way you write is interesting and easy to ‘get into’.
Please keep ’em coming.

United Kingdom

From: Ginevra Capone
Sent: Thursday 9 October, 2008

First of all, sorry if my English is bad, but I’m just an Italian girl and I am only 13 years old. Second, I wanted to tell you you’re a fantastic writer! A friend told me to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (in Italian) and when I first saw it I was terrified by the length, 1 030 pages. Then I started reading it, and in eight days I finished it. You are really talented. I just finished reading ‘The Third Twin’ (always in Italian) and it is the best book I ever read.
Thanks for being one of the pillars of my world.


From: Austin Strassle
Sent: Thursday 9 October, 2008

I love any author who is willing to talk to fans. There are many authors I adore that don’t want messages because they’ll get swamped by them. That is understandable but I still like to just say I like you and what you write! I’m 14 and I want to be a writer one day. I’m sure you get a lot of these type of messages but I don’t care if I’m part of a clique. Anyway, I’m rambling, you’re great, there that’s what this is all about!

United States

From: Dave Parfitt
Sent: Thursday 9 October, 2008

Mr. Follett, I am aghast that I am only just reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’! It is such a good book!!! I am enjoying it immensely! I have heard other people rave about this book, but I kind of dismissed it at first. I am generally not a fancier of spy novels and I knew that was your forte. Maybe that is why I tended to overlook your book at first. I am so glad I changed my mind! Looking forward to reading ‘World without End’! Thank You!!

United States

From: Mary Beth Whalen
Sent: Friday 10 October, 2008

Hello Mr. Follett. I just finished reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’. With a full-time job and two little girls at home it’s hard for me to find time to read anything beyond the back of a cereal box. This book was amazing, gripping, illuminating and the perfect parallel to the insanity going on in the markets today. I absolutely loved your book. I can’t wait to read ‘World Without End’ Thank you for filling my drab commute with such wildly entertaining writings!

Mary Beth
United States

From: Shawn Vasnaik
Sent: Sunday 12 October, 2008

I’ve never written to an author before. It’s intimidating, comparable to playing football against Rooney. And already I’ve ignored basic punctuation. But ‘Eye of the Needle’ was the first novel I ever read and on finishing WWE I thought I’d tell you that I really enjoyed it and that I look forward to reading whatever you write next.


From: Brad Johnson
Sent: Friday 17 October, 2008

Astounding, did not want it to end. I am urging everyone within reach, including my high school students, to read both ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’. Great way to spend fall break! (World Without End).

United States

From: Steven Husak
Sent: Monday 20 October, 2008

This is the 15th of your works I have read. ‘WWE’ is a fantasic sequel to ‘POTE’. Thanks for so much reading pleasure over the years!! Looking forward to more in the future.

United States

From: Brian Millsum
Sent: Thursday 23 October, 2008

Just wanted to let you know that your books have brought many hours of enjoyment to myself and my family. You are without a doubt, my favourite author.


From: Amanda Taft
Sent: Thursday 23 October, 2008

I love your books!! Each time I begin a new book, I don’t want it to end and I would like you to know you are my favourite author!

United Kingdom

From: Nicole Franke
Sent: Friday 24 October, 2008

I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ when it first hit the stands in Canada. It was brilliant. I have since read many of your other works. However, in my humble opinion, ‘World Without End’ far surpasses all previous works. I savoured it; I thoroughly enjoyed every word; I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t wait to see how it ended and yet was so disappointed to finish. My husband is currently reading it and I am enjoying it once again through him.
Thank you for such a wonderful tale.

Costa Rica

From: John Slocombe
Sent: Saturday 25 October, 2008

I have just finished reading ‘Hornet Flight’ the first novel I have read of yours. I am impressed with the detail and gripping story line, I could not put the book down. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

United Kingdom

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