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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: Jennifer Bowes
Sent: Thursday 4 December, 2008

I wanted to pass on that my family has three generations that love your writing. My mother started with ‘Eye of the Needle’. My favorite was ‘Jackdaws’. My father and daughters’ favorite is ‘Pillars of the Earth’. We are all reading ‘World Without End’ right now. It’s sad – but I have to buy three copies so we can discuss it as we go!

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From: Kelle Quist
Sent: Thursday 4 December, 2008

Dear Mr. Follett,
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’… I was on a business trip to Chicago and accidentally left ‘World Without End’ (minus the dust cover) on the limo from the airport to my hotel. I was about two-thirds of the way through the book and was sick about it. I called the limo company and they tracked my book down and delivered it to my hotel in the middle of the night. I would have gone out and bought another copy just to finish it. Please write another in that series. I loved them. Thank you and happy holidays.

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From: Sue Smereczanski
Sent: Saturday 6 December, 2008

I thoroughly enjoy reading your publications and I am slowly working my way through all your books. When I read other books they seem boring compared to yours.


From: Trine Grillo
Sent: Monday 8 December, 2008

Thank you for the Masterclass. I am a novice writer – mostly interested in writing for children. Lots of great information!

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From: Stephen Richards
Sent: Monday 8 December, 2008

I’ve just completed ‘World Without End’ and I must say it’s the most absorbing book I’ve ever read. Although its fictional (I did look up Kingsbridge on Google to make sure), the way you describe the locations makes it feel very real. Next book to read, ‘Pillars of the Earth’.

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From: Christine
Sent: Tuesday 9 December, 2008

I want to thank you for the very informative lessons in Masterclass about becoming a writer. Most other writers just talk about how hard it is being a writer and how it requires a lot of hard work, etc. but you have shown instead of telling how hard it is. I want to say “thank you” for letting us, aspiring writers, see a little of what a working writer’s life is all about and how you go about your work.

I have not read any of your books before but I sure am going to get my hands on them. You have made my vision clearer. Thanks.


From: Reynold Bourquin
Sent: Friday 12 December, 2008

Thank you so much for all of your works, but most especially for ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. Both are gripping and difficult to put down, once one begins reading. It was especially enjoyable to learn so much political history, as well as gaining a better understanding of so many layers of the common folk of early England. I knew that there were many feudal customs that we consider barbaric today, but your presentation of them was so riveting that I felt compelled to read any time I had a spare moment. Thank you! I can hardly wait for your next effort.

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From: Dot Lackey
Sent: Sunday 14 December, 2008

I just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ for the second time (first time shortly after it was first published) and was just as spellbound as the first time. I received ‘World Without End’ as a gift this past year, and wanted to re-read ‘Pillars’ first – and I’m so glad I did. I’ve read most of your work, and enjoyed all. Thank you. Thank you.

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From: Emily Allen
Sent: Tuesday 16 December, 2008

I am fifteen years old and have just finished reading ‘The Pillars of The Earth’ – a hardcover copy which my mother gave to me to read after having read it herself many years ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your novel and would like to say a huge thank you for the enjoyment your writing has given me! It has inspired me to write something myself, like I am sure it has for many others. I look forward to reading ‘World Without End’ – I will have to fight my mother to read it first!

United Kingdom

From: Mahshid Ariazand
Sent: Saturday 20 December, 2008

Hello Ken
‘Love’ is such a weak word for me to describe my feeling towards your works. I feel them, live them and breathe them. I often get a personal attachment towards the characters in your book. I started with ‘Eye of the Needle’ and so far I have covered all your masterpieces. Unfortunately there is no official representative of your publishers In my country, Iran. My sister and husband are also addicted to your works. God bless you and keep writing with that golden pen of yours.


From: Joy Chapman
Sent: Wednesday 24 December, 2008

Ken, Just thought you might like to know the inspiration from ‘Pillars of the Earth’ led my 16-year-old son into an apprenticeship in stonemasonry here in Sydney, Australia. He is 9 months from the end of this four-year gift to his life and is working in heritage restoration on the beautiful sandstone buildings in Sydney. Many thanks for your beautiful books. I have read them all…


From: John Semonin
Sent: Thursday 25 December, 2008

Mr. Follett. I want you to know that over the years your books have accompanied me around the world. Many times, they have saved what was left of my sanity as I’m sure you as a world traveller can appreciate. I am in the process of sending you my first edition ’Pillars of the Earth’ for your signature. I will treasure it. ‘World Without End’ is here on my table ready to be my next pleasure. Thank you again.

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From: Ed Erdmann
Sent: Saturday 27 December, 2008

I have just finished ‘Hornet Flight’, the tenth of your books I have read. Wow! I thoroughly enjoy your writing and thank you for sharing your talent. ‘A Place Called Freedom’ is especially meaningful to me because it put life into the mechanics of my family history and helped address the question “What on earth caused these people to make the immigration decisions they made?”

Next up: ‘World Without End’.

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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