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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: Judi Bailey
Sent: Saturday 1 November, 2008

Hi Ken, I read and have recommended your Pillars of the Earth to many friends. I enjoyed it so much and learned so much history, which I hated at school. It was an enjoyable way to learn. I was therefore delighted when your ‘World Without End’ was published and I am now halfway through it. They are both such mammoth books and I just wondered how long they took to write and research. I have found them fascinating and again will be recommending them both. Many thanks for your work.

United Kingdom

From: Rex Gallagher
Sent: Monday 3 November, 2008

Dear Ken,
I greatly enjoyed ‘The Pillars of The Earth’, a truly magnificent and masterful novel! I am about to read ‘World Without End’ next. I enjoy novels about medieval life and times. I prefer novels based on historical accuracy, and admire authors who carry out serious research into the history of the Middle Ages to set an authentic backdrop to their writings. I encourage you to write further novels of this genre!

United States

From: Avihai Shabtai
Sent: Wednesday 5 November, 2008

I think I can call myself ‘a big fan’ of yours. I read around 90 percent of your Hebrew translated books (which I’m sure losing some of the ‘spirit’ during the translation) and enjoyed each and every one of them. My next one is ‘World Without End’ – which I can’t wait reading. Just happened to see your site and decided to ‘jump’ and say thank you. Please do not stop and insist on having Hebrew versions. I’m not the only one here :-)


From: Bryan Guzek
Sent: Thursday 6 November, 2008

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your books. I was never too much of a reader but then I picked up ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and it was by far the greatest book I’ve ever read. Since then I read ‘World Without End’, ‘Code to Zero’, ‘Whiteout’, ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘Hornet Flight’ and I just finished ‘Jackdaws’ yesterday. Your books are like crack to me! They’re very easy to read and I always end up thinking about the characters for days and weeks after reading the book. I think the characters from ‘Pillars’ and ‘World Without End’ were with me for months. Just keep doing what your doing and I’ll keep on reading em’. Thanks,

United States

From: Mercia Nicholas
Sent: Thursday 6 November, 2008

I have read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ every year since 1994, I have just finished ‘World without End’. These are the best books I have ever read. It has taken me all of 3 days to read the sequel and I must say they are both masterpieces. I thank you for your brilliance of bringing to life the past. I hope it will not take you so long to write another sequel.

South Africa

From: Robert Lowry
Sent: Friday 7 November, 2008

Just finished reading ‘Hornet Flight’. Can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it. A book has never made me nervous before, but this one did!! Being a retired airline pilot I especially enjoyed the flying descriptions! But the suspense was the greatest! Thanks!


From: Tess MacMartin
Sent: Tuesday 11 November, 2008

I’m a merchant sailor who does a great deal of reading while at sea. This week I found your ‘Pillars of the Earth’ in the ship’s library, have not been able to put it down! Brilliant !!! Thank you for such a good read!

United States

From: Claire Sylvestre
Sent: Wednesday 12 November, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
Congratulations for creating the best author website. I truly enjoyed it and found the Masterclass and the preview of the Art of Suspense very interesting. I also cherish the time I take to read your books. My favorite so far was ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I am about to start ‘World Without End’.
Please keep on writing.
Kindest regards,


From: Adrian Osborn
Sent: Thursday 13 November, 2008

Dear Ken,
I first came across your novel ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in France while on holiday – and how glad I did! It changed my life and my appreciation for the pointed arch and the flying buttress! How pleased I was to see it has a sequel.
Keep up the good work, Ken.

United Kingdom

From: Lew Wolfson
Sent: Wednesday 19 November, 2008

I just finished reading ‘World without End’. Being a fan of the thrillers/espionage genre, I stumbled onto ‘Pillars of the Earth’ completely by accident, and found it to be one of the most compelling books I’ve ever read. Since that time I’ve longed for more of the same, so when I discovered ‘World’, suffice to say I was very pleased. Your talent for weaving (forgive the unintended reference) a tale is a gift that I am blessed you share. I anxiously await more of your work. Thank You !!!!!

United States

From: Patricia Juelg
Sent: Wednesday 19 November, 2008

Keep up the great work. I have read every book (well, not the ones for kids) you have written and loved them all.

United States

From: Carol Jo Sloan
Sent: Friday 21 November, 2008

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to cook Thanksgiving dinner or not — I’m half way finished with ‘World Without End’. I go home from work and just read, read, read. It is as marvelous as ‘Pillars’.

United States

From: John Alston-Campbell
Sent: Monday 24 November, 2008

Dear Ken,
I just wanted to say, in response to your introduction to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, that I bought it not as a result of word of mouth, but because of its first line. I was waiting for a plane and had brought with me a couple of books that I wasn’t really interested in so was looking for something else. The novel was hidden away somewhere and I picked it up for no particular reason and read the first line. I put it down again, gave up on buying a book, and caught my plane.

But the first line stuck with me and over the following weeks I kept returning to it mentally until such time as my curiosity got the better of me and I bought it. Opening lines that are really engaging seem to me to be a bit hard to come by, on average. Anyway, I thought you might like to know. Many thanks for the novel, I hope the sequel lives up to the promise of the first.


From: Patrick Yoon
Sent: Wednesday 26 November, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have read eleven of your books and haven’t found one yet I didn’t like. You are one of my favorite authors. I had to go back and read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ so I could then go out and read ‘World Without End’… Can’t wait! I hope you continue writing for a very, very, long time.

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