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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: Rusty Husband
Sent: Tuesday 2 June, 2009

OK… It has been a while. I stand here tapping my toe with my arms folded waiting on your next novel. I travel some for work and reading your books is a great way to deal with the monotony of airports, hotels and dining alone. Thanks for the extra effort you put in to “get it right”.

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From: Marti Watson
Sent: Monday 8 June, 2009

I am reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, and just love it. I read the prologue after starting the book and wanted to tell you that I heard about it by word of mouth, just like you said, and I am so glad I did! What a phenomenon! It is the first one of you books I have read, although I saw ‘Eye of the Needle’ and liked it very much. I plan to read them all, now.

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From: Kathleen Pecic
Sent: Tuesday 9 June, 2009

This is an unabashed fan letter! I just finished listening to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, followed by ‘World Without End’. I was so afraid there wouldn’t be happy endings for my favorite characters that I would stop and put down my MP3 player for weeks at a time during a ‘good’ stopping point. Then I’d start listening again, something horrible would happen, and I’d think, “Oh, crap! He did it again!”
Thanks for the happy endings – finally!

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From: Pete Bibbins
Sent: Tuesday 9 June, 2009

Hi Ken,
My mother bought me ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ for my birthday. Read both books and I dare say they are two of the best books I have ever read. I just started ‘Jackdaws’ and I am equally impressed. Can not wait to buy the rest of your collection, if it is half as good as the first three I will be very happy.

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From: Rod Jackson
Sent: Tuesday 16 June, 2009

I just wanted to thank you for actually taking the time to create the ‘Masterclass’ section. It is very interesting and very selfless.


From: Noelle Relles
Sent: Thursday 18 June, 2009

‘The Pillars of the Earth’ had been on my shelf for like 9 months before I finally picked it up and finished all 917 pages in only 9 days. I loved it so much, it was the best book I have ever read and I now recommend it to everyone I know. I loved it so much I didn’t want to read anything else afterwards, knowing it wouldn’t be as good, but I just finished ‘World Without End’ and found it just as good. I cannot wait for your next novel, but I’m sure I’ll read Pillars again before then. You are a truly talented author, a once in a generation.

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From: Danielle Wolter
Sent: Tuesday 23 June, 2009

I’m from Israel, I’m nearly 18 and thanks to Oprah I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World without End’. I’m actually afraid to buy another book, because I know that no book will make me feel like your books made me. Thank you for everything.


From: Karly Lyons
Sent: Tuesday 23 June, 2009

I just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and I must say, I could not put it down! I am currently getting my degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and I was just amazed to see all that I have been learning come to life so vividly! You truly make the middle ages into something alive and wonderful, and that is no easy feat! Bravo!


From: Carol Van Yken
Sent: Wednesday 24 June, 2009

Hello Mr. Follett, I needed to write to you to tell you that your gift to the world of your writing has been a healing and comfort in a very hard time in my life. I wish to thank you for that gift for I am very grateful to you for it. I wish there was a way to return that gift but since that is impossible I can only hope that your life is happy and fulfilling and that you are reaping the rewards of knowing that you have affected so many people in so many positive ways. How many of us can say that? All the best with much love,


From: J. Jackson Smith
Sent: Thursday 25 June, 2009

I loved ‘Code to Zero’. I couldn’t put it down.

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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