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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: Cindy Urbanowicz
Sent: Sunday 1 March, 2009

My husband and I just listened to ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ – fantastic! So very relevant to the mess we’re all in today. You need to reintroduce this book NOW! Send a copy to the Prime Minister, another to President Obama and to the House, Senate, Parliament and others that are messing things up even more. I’ve enjoyed all of your books, but this one was so pertinent to today. It’s a must read for everyone today. I’m suggesting it to everyone I know and am lending it out as often as possible. Great read!

United States

From: Pamela Burris Medlin
Sent: Sunday 1 March, 2009

Just closed the pages of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ yesterday after spending almost a week constantly buried in this fabulous book! The paperback was passed to me after a December trip to Greece/Turkey/Italy and three friends reading it! So glad it finally got to me. The detail and depth is unbelievable — yet the power of the church — and politics — in the 10th century mirrors so many of today’s people the same. Thank you. On to my next Ken Follett novel!

United States

From: Holly Hill
Sent: Tuesday 3 March, 2009

Hi Ken
I have just finished reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I studied Welsh History at Cardiff University and whilst I found the subject interesting I feel your book brought that time in history to life for me. Thank you so much for providing me with another book to go into my collection of books that I will read again and again.

United Kingdom

From: David Liew
Sent: Thursday 5 March, 2009

Pls write more novels about WW2 spy story. In my personal opinion, you are the best in writing WW2 spy stories. From ‘Eye of the Needle’ to ‘Hornet Flight’, I read all your WW2 stories. After ‘Hornet Flight’, I have not read anything. Simply because no one is doing this better than you.

United Kingdom

From: Barb Jean Vassar
Sent: Saturday 7 March, 2009

Loved ‘Pillars of the Earth’. Also loved ‘World Without End’. Re-reading ‘Pillars’ presently. Have also read three of your thrillers but prefer your history books. Keep up the great work!

United States

From: Stephanie Ayoub
Sent: Sunday 8 March, 2009

You have created a new kind of addiction sir, better than anything anyone has ever tried and one that rehab would fail to do anything about… I’m extremely upset to say that I’ve just finished ‘World Without End’, which I picked up only moments after I finished ‘Pillars’. My wonderful affair with Kingsbridge has come to an end, and I will forever be in your debt for the hours of joy it brought me!

All the best, and please don’t ever go senile like poor Thomas, I couldn’t bear to think that such a wonderful mind as yours could go to waste.


From: Mickey Teasley
Sent: Monday 9 March, 2009

I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ many years ago, and read it again right before I read ‘World Without End’. I finished ‘World Without End’ just a few minutes ago, and was so inspired I wanted to write you. I am a nurse, and understand Caris. Thank you for your work. You are not just a writer, but a teacher through the way you write. I find my grammar improved with every book I read that you write. Thank you. God truly gave you a gift.

United States

From: Ray Starmann
Sent: Tuesday 10 March, 2009

Dear Mr. Follett,
I’ve been a fan of your writing since the 80s. I think your Masterclass is a great idea and quite informative. I feel that it was a great help to me. After trying to break into the literary/screenwriting world for several years, I finally sold a script that was made into the Hallmark original movie, ‘Generation Gap’. Above all, your outline section of the Masterclass is KEY to writing a great script or novel. Thanks for helping me and all aspiring writers.

United States

From: Anne Sheard
Sent: Thursday 12 March, 2009

Dear Ken, I have loved your books ever since I got ‘Whiteout’ in a Reader’s Digest condensed book. I have now quite a collection of the books you have written. I find most of them completely un-put-downable. Keep up the good work! More power to your elbow.

Yours sincerely,
United Kingdom

From: Adam Bleifeld
Sent: Thursday 19 March, 2009

As I just finished ‘World Without End’ I wanted to let you know just how much I enjoyed it. I’ve never written to an author before, but felt that the sheer pleasure and entertainment I got from this book was a least due a little note of thanks for writing such a fantastic story. I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ in 1991 and told many people that it was in my top 5 list. The characters, setting, history … basically just everything was so great in this book. I’m looking forward to next one in 15-20 years.

Thanks again for providing so much joy (in quite rough economic times).

United States

From: David Michael Powell
Sent: Friday 20 March, 2009

Dear Ken, I am a big fan of yours and love reading your books. I particularly enjoyed ‘Code to Zero’, ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘Hornet Flight’, although ‘Pillars of the Earth’ remains my favourite. I am really looking forward to reading your ‘Century’ trilogy, please please keep up the good work.
Best wishes,

United Kingdom

From: Jennifer Trivett
Sent: Monday 23 March, 2009

I am nearing the end of ‘World Without End’. I don’t want it to end! What a fascinating story you’ve woven, all the twists and turns and the characters you’ve developed who’ve become so familiar and lifelike! I read several other of your books years ago, ‘The Key to Rebecca’, ‘Eye of the Needle’, but I had forgotten how well you write. I am going to read ‘Pillars’ next, thankfully, there’s another book waiting for me when I’m done with this one. Count me a huge fan, Mr. Follett!

United States

From: Lynette Perissinotto
Sent: Tuesday 31 March, 2009

‘Pillars’… what a great read! I am an art teacher and have always been fascinated by cathedrals, their sculpture and stained glass. Thanks!

South Africa

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