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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: Harriet Jones
Sent: Friday 1 May, 2009

Dear Mr Follett,
I just wanted to let you know how absolutely wonderful I think ‘World Without End’ is. I read LOTS of books and I can honestly say it’s one if not the best I’ve read and I’m not even finished yet! I adore your ability to give such detailed description of a time so long ago and distant to us now, whilst not losing the essence of a touching and breathtaking story, or stories; it is also incredible that the book keeps all these attributes whilst telling the story of various different characters, all tangled up together. I absolutely love it as you can probably tell! I can’t wait to read ‘Pillars of The Earth’ which I should have really read first. I’m a huge fan. Congratulations on a perfect read.

United Kingdom

From: Belinda Fish
Sent: Wednesday 6 May, 2009

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have just been reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I’m sure you get told this a lot, but it is very rare that I get the compulsion to write to an author. I was brought up in England near Ely cathedral and I always have enjoyed visiting cathedrals etc. I have lived with nuns in a convent when I was at school in London. I just wanted to say thank you for writing such a fantastic book. I’m actually missing the adventure of reading it. You took me back in time and I felt as if I was really there with the characters. For a good week I was in your story and I really enjoyed it. Thank you! I can’t wait to read another one of your books.
Best wishes,

United States

From: Fred W Van Luit
Sent: Wednesday 6 May, 2009

Dear Mr. Follet,
As a diplomat who moves every 3 to 4 years to a new posting our books travel with us. Both my wife and myself have a special area in our book shelves where our most beloved books are. One of them is ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. After ‘Pillars’ we would not have thought that a even better novel would be possible. I have a tradition of reading my fav books at least once a year. ‘World Without End’ will be added to my re-read list. We sincerely hope that this is not the ‘End’ of the Kingsbridge stories. Thank you very much for a jewel.

Fred & Erica van Luit
Sri Lanka

From: Sarah McDowell
Sent: Saturday 9 May, 2009

You are hands down my favorite author, my only favorite really, I love reading your work and it’s given me a new love for history as well as for the world of books and writing. I’m in college and I read twice as much of you work as I do for my classes! Thanks for being such a great writer.

United States

From: Marcus Harris
Sent: Saturday 9 May, 2009

Hi Ken
You are ruining my life! Having been given an ‘E-Book’ for Christmas I casually downloaded ‘Pillars’ and, not knowing your work, was unaware of the free “Pandora’s box” that came with it. I was immediately enthralled and as a slow reader have done very little else since starting it. It has caused me to miss tube stops and collide with unwary strangers on the Strand whilst trying to finally learn what Jacks father had been guilty of. Then when I do finally put it down and try to engage with real life I find myself relating everything I do to Prior Philip’s very real world.

Just when I think the possession is finally over I download ‘World without End’, and have already commenced another 1 000 addictive pages.

As a fledgling writer I was intrigued to note your writing style, chapter planning in advance and I love the detail. Well done but please, no more, my wife will leave me and my boss is going to fire me.

Best wishes
United Kingdom

From: Frances Hewins
Sent: Monday 11 May, 2009

Thank you for many hours of reading pleasure. I just finished ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, which I read at one sitting. I don’t know how I had managed to miss it before. In the space below we’re asked to select which of your novels we enjoyed most. I can’t really answer that (although I did throw a mental dart and select one), because each of them offers something a little different and special.

United States

From: Ailsa Follett
Sent: Wednesday 13 May, 2009

I love your books so much I am always looking for the next one to appear in the bookshops. I also love it when people ask me if I am related to Ken Follett the author as this shows me the level of your popularity around the world. My answer to these people is always “yes he is my cousin” this is mainly because I think it is a stupid question they ask so I give a stupid answer!!!

New Zealand

From: Karl James Turner
Sent: Saturday 16 May, 2009

Hi Ken, I recently was on a vacation to Hawaii and while lying in the sun I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ They were fantastic reads. Thank you so much for the great storytelling.
I was so enraptured with the story, I would lose track of time in the sun. I did get a little sunburnt, but I will not blame you. :-)

I look forward to your next novel.


From: Natalie Bulick
Sent: Sunday 17 May, 2009

I am listening to ‘Pillars of the Earth’ while I drive to and from work. Sometimes when I get home I sit in my car, listening for an hour or more, not wanting to get out. I love this book. I wanted you to know how much I am enjoying it, and dreading its end. I can’t wait to hear ‘World Without End’. More please…
United States

From: Daniel Lawlor
Sent: Thursday 21 May, 2009

Just finished reading ‘Night Over Water’… reminded me of the old serial movies I used to watch on Saturdays. Each chapter is like the ones they would show, and leave you with bated breath for the next, the following week… loved it…

United States

From: Ken Holdsworth
Sent: Thursday 28 May, 2009

I found your website typing in my website address (I got as far as www.ken- and there you were!) Having read and enjoyed your books, I thought I’d take a look and found some of the most interesting, entertaining and, more importantly to me, educational pages I’ve read in some time.
Thank you,

Ken Holdsworth
United Kingdom

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