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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: Cheryl Wiesner
Sent: Monday 2 February, 2009

When I read ‘Pillars of The Earth’ years ago in my early 20’s, I loved that the story went on and on and I wasn’t rushing through ‘blah blah’ to find out what happened. It is a story you didn’t want to put down or miss any detail from. ‘World Without End’ is the same. Thanks for another great novel, I will try and persuade my friends to read it, none of them have read ‘Pillars of The Earth’ but I hope to change that. I really hope that you have a few more books like this waiting to be written, I will look out for them.

South Africa

From: Michael O’Brien
Sent: Monday 2 February, 2009

Dear Mr Follett, I have just been reading ‘Hammer of Eden’ (better late than never) and was very impressed. The characters were all interestingly presented, with good back story. The plot ran like a Swiss watch and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as I neared the final quarter. I looked up a couple of reviews, and noticed some people were unhappy that the "villains" seemed to be better characterised than the "heroes". Nonsense! That makes as much sense as the reviewer who complained that there were no clear-cut villains in the movie "Siege of Algiers". In conclusion, thanks for writing this book — I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for more of them.


From: William Crosson
Sent: Monday 2 February, 2009

Hey I’m Will from Ontario, Canada. I’m 13 years old and your books are to die for. I just finished reading ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’ and I loved it. I have also read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. I’m not much of a guy for romance but I must say you truly brought out some emotions I have never felt before and in ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’ I loved the part where he’s mixing the bomb. Thank you for the hours of entertainment and please notify me if you are coming out with any new books.

Your fan

From: Rocky Paquette
Sent: Wednesday 4 February, 2009

Mr Follett,
Firstly, thanks for ruining my Mexican vacation. I brought ‘World Without End’ and could not put it down, five special days in Kingsbridge. I have been encouraging people to read ‘Pillars’ and when finished to sign the book and pass it on. When I get it back I would like to send it to you for your autograph. Thank you very much for hours of enjoyment you have given me through your writings.


From: Jacqueline Henits
Sent: Friday 6 February, 2009

Mr. Follett,
I just want to say ‘thank you’, a thousand ‘thank yous’. I have a 160-mile drive from my town of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to New York City every day and I can truly say that you have reduced the distance to one mile. You are truly a master. Looking forward to your next publication.

United States

From: Fiona Van Wyk
Sent: Saturday 7 February, 2009

Dear Mr Follett
I just wanted to let you know, as I am sure many of your ‘fans’ have, your books are of the very best that I have ever read. Unfortunately/fortunately I have read every novel of yours and wait in anticipation for the next.

‘World Without End’ was probably the best (although I have enjoyed all of them) – so much so that I read it slower than any other novel – if I started to feel tired, I put it down for the next day as I wanted to savour every moment.

Thank you, your fan

From: Maria
Sent: Sunday 8 February, 2009

Dear Mr. Follett,
I first read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ first when I was about 10 years old (9 years ago) and it became my favourite book. Every time I opened it I felt like I became part of the world you created. Throughout the years I enjoyed many books. However none of them (not even Harry Potter) evoked that same, what I believed to be, childlike sensation. As a 19 year old I had already given up on searching for a book that could live up to ‘Pillars’, until last week when I bought ‘World without End’… I don’t know how you do it, but while reading it, Kingsbridge became a second reality to me… I was almost sad when I finished reading it. I really admire you as a writer and I would love to read more about the people of Kingsbridge.

All the best,
United Kingdom

From: Carole Ann Sahin
Sent: Saturday 14 February, 2009

Dear Ken, I would like to congratulate you on losing me a whole four days of my life. I have just finished reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’, it was incredible. I had read ‘World without End’ last year, which was also a fantastic read. I can’t remember picking a book up and not being able to make a cup of tea without my heart pounding anxious to carry on reading. In the end I had to stay up until I finished it at 3.30 this morning, because I knew I lose another morning. Thank you so much for a fantastic and descriptive read – thrilling, sensual, full of treachery, bloodthirsty, erotic and heart-warming. Just how I imagined life in the middle ages. FANTASTIC. Please write another medieval book. Never have I been so transported and vividly wrapped up in a story. I will definitely have a look for your other books. Well done, I’m just gutted the book has come to an end. Thank you so much.

United Kingdom

From: Roimata Haenga
Sent: Sunday 15 February, 2009

Hi there. I would just love to express how much I adored ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I have never read anything so vibrant, dark, sexy, joyful, suspenseful and most of all clear! It’s so well written and imaginative that each time I put it down, I felt like I closed the large cathedral doors and couldn’t wait to reopen them and continue my adventure in that world. I loved it and am in the midst of World Without End which I have found I have the exact same feel for. You are a true artist. Thank you. Another adventure awaits!


From: Alfred K Preston
Sent: Monday 16 February, 2009

I wanted you to know how awesome ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is! I could not put that book down. I also love church architecture, but here in Arizona, well what can I say! Good job!

United States

From: Carol Schram
Sent: Tuesday 17 February, 2009

I loved your last two books. But now I am not finding anything to read that can compare. I am dying to read another book like your last two. Hoping you are working on another soon.

United States

From: Farhad Suleman
Sent: Thursday 19 February, 2009

You have been my favourite author since I first read ‘Triple’ in 1987, just when I was 14 years old! I did all your books as book reviews in my English classes during my school years, and got good pass marks for those. Keep up the good work, Ken.

South Africa

From: Christopher Lord
Sent: Wednesday 25 February, 2009

Hi Ken,
I know you get this sort of letter all the time, but I wanted to let you know, I’ve just finished your two books ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ and I have to say, they have re-ignited my love for reading novels.

I’ve found myself spending almost no time reading books of late, something i used to love doing, so I went out and saw your book ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and read the blurb on the back. I have to say it is one of the most engrossing books I have ever read. Congratulations, I’m looking forward to your new trilogy ‘The Century’.

Thank you

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