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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: Thomas Andersson
Sent: Thursday 2 April, 2009

HI Ken
I just finished reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I must say that to me, it’s not just a book about building a cathedral – It’s a book about life and how it takes you from birth to death and everything in between, good and bad. It touched me deeply and it showed me, in this situation, that I’m in right now, close to losing everything due to the financial crisis, that this is just a phase, things will turn for the better again in the long run. Thank you very much for writing this masterpiece!


From: Roger E Davis
Sent: Saturday 4 April, 2009

Mr Follett, I just need to tell you that ‘World Without End’ is the most enjoyable book I have ever read. Even after more than a 1000 pages. I was sad when when the book ended. Again another wonderful book you have written.
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From: Duane Hill
Sent: Monday 6 April, 2009

I know that I have read a good book when the book disappears in my hands and I am transported to the place in the story. Your books do that for me every time. While I would like to read more about the citizens of Kingsbridge, I am ready for what ever you come up with.

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From: Stacy Sierra
Sent: Monday 6 April, 2009

I have only recently started reading your books and have read ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and ‘Whiteout’ but can’t wait to read the rest.

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From: Bénédicte Apperry
Sent: Tuesday 7 April, 2009


I’ve read all of your books, and my favorite ones are ‘The Pillars’ and ‘World without End’, which I read in 3 days ! I love your characters, because they are not flat and change throughout the novel, I love the descriptions you make, the medieval society you paint… please, write on again and again !!! A faithful French reader


From: Mary Ann Russell
Sent: Thursday 9 April, 2009

Thanks for being a great teacher. I have been working on my great work of fiction for about 10 years one of these days I hope to finish it. You have been a great inspiration to me. I am also learning a lot from reading your books. Thanks again, I am looking forward to your next book.

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From: Munish Rishi
Sent: Friday 10 April, 2009

Dear Mr.Follet,
Let me start by saying that you are truly a master storyteller. I read ‘Pillars of Earth’ back in 1989 when I was still studying in school (9th standard) in New Delhi, India. Over the years I have read numerous books but till date still nothing compares to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and I don’t think I have ever recommended any other book as much as this one to my friends or colleagues. Just this morning I finished reading ‘World without End’ — another great book, no doubt. Kindly continue writing these extraordinary tales.

All the best

From: Irén Nässén
Sent: Sunday 12 April, 2009

Already when I began to read the introduction to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I felt small, lucky chills down my spine. I could already then feel that the book in my hand should be the best that I had read for a very long time. Juste want to say Thank you!


From: Peter Montague
Sent: Monday 13 April, 2009

After years of my sister banging on that ‘Pillars of the Earth’ was her favourite book, I eventually got round to reading it at Christmas, loved it and followed it straight away with ‘World without End’. I would imagine sequels are so hard to do especially with years between them and having read them back to back they join perfectly, so thanks for occupying so much of my spare time this year, especially one particularly crap day in January that I spent most of it lost in Kingsbridge.

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From: Robert Dickerson
Sent: Tuesday 14 April, 2009:

You are one of my favorites. ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’ were so very good. I am now going through your other works. Good stuff!!!

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From: James Dignall
Sent: Friday 17 April, 2009

Mr Follett,
I have just finished The man from St Petersburg and I must say, I enjoyed every single delicious word. So much so that I am currently having a stab at a thriller myself. Thank you for a fantastic story and mostly, for inspiration. I wish you all the best for the future.
Warmest wishes

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From: Tom H Cowge
Sent: Saturday 18 April, 2009

My favorite Follett novel is usually the one I just read, but I think ‘World Without End’ is masterful. The picture of grace you portray in Caris is profoundly moving. She triumphs over the self interest of clergy, provides comfort and healing, and ultimately watches over all ‘World Without End’. I am deeply touched. Thank you!!

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From: Hyper Cissy Hilder
Sent: Sunday 19 April, 2009


My name is Hyper, I’m 11 years old and I have just finished reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. I loved both of the books and I wouldn’t put them down. I finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’ in 2 weeks and ‘World Without End’ in one week! I hope you will message me back because my mum was very proud of me to have read these books in such a short period of time.

Yours sincerely
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From: Pedro Martínez Bermúdez
Sent: Monday 20 April, 2009

Hello Mr. Follett,
I have just finished reading ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and I have to say that the plot is very up-to-date since all the world financial crisis we are living at the moment. The book has taught me that along history, the world has faced several bad moments and, in spite of that, people have survived. I’m going to start reading ‘The Third Twin
Kind regards


From: Frederic Anseaum
Sent: Tuesday 21 April, 2009

Dear Mr Follett, I just want to thank you. I’ve just read ‘World without End’, and it has been one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. i couldn’t stop reading until the end. This book…. I can’t find words… it’s just "Folletticious".

Thank you so much.

From: Chiara Sartori
Sent: Wednesday 22 April, 2009

I just want to let you know that ‘Pillars’ is my favourite book ever. I read it for chance, because my brother got it as a present when I was 15, around 12 years ago. I read it and I loved it at once

After that, I started reading all your books and I enjoyed them all. Actually, ‘The Third Twin’ is the book that pushed me to study biotechnology. I’m now doing a PhD in the UK, though I’m Italian, and after 2 years spent in Edinburgh, speaking English every day, I feel ready to start reading the ‘Pillars’ once again, this time in English

I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it in Italian long time ago!


From: Angela K Calloway
Sent: Thursday 23 April, 2009

I came across a copy of ‘Eye of the Needle’ I loved every second of it! I had no idea there was a movie until I looked at your website. Now I will order it and go on a hunt for your other books. Thank you!

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From: Andrew Calow
Sent: Wednesday 29 April, 2009

Dear Ken, I heard your comment on the radio about Booker Prize-winning books being ‘life excluding the drama’. Can I send you some more? Typical Prize Winner – Nothing happens for five hundred pages and on page 503 a door opens.
Anton Chekov – Nothing happens for five hundred pages and on page 503 someone shoots himself.
Samuel Beckett – Nothing happens for five hundred pages and on page 503 there is no door.
Alfred Hitchcock – I don’t know if anything happens because there’s a fat man in the way.
Dick Francis – Nothing seems to happen because things are very stable.
Ken Follett – Something happens for two pages and on page 503 you realise the significance of something on page one.
Hope I’m not too hard on you!
Best wishes

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From: Michael Koehs
Sent: Friday 1 May, 2009

Thanks very much for the many, many hours of fantastic reading and the seemingly endless introspection and contemplation that followed. You’ve definitely earned your place in my personal pantheon of favorite authors and I look forward to taking in many more of your works.

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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