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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: Dan Boucher
Sent: Monday 6 July, 2009

Hello Ken. I am a stonemason currently working on Tewkesbury Abbey in south-west England. I listen to your book ‘World Without End’ on my break, covered in dust, 140 feet up the tower, looking over the abbey, crouching through the belfry, or treading softly above the nave vaulting. I feel very fortunate that the surrounding gives me an extra special dimension to your work. I wanted to express that you have captured the blood, sweat and honour a person feels working on a stone building. Thanks for your caring attention to detail in your work, and the pride you instil in the characters who make it their lives shaping and caring for sacred places. The same pride still carries on today, 800 years later.

United Kingdom

From: Jennifer Ulmn
Sent: Tuesday 7 July, 2009

Just wanted to say that I’m becoming obsessed with your books. My mom bought me ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, then I bought her ‘World Without End’ (and read it before I gave it to her). I’ve since backtracked to ‘A Place Called Freedom’, ‘Eye of the Needle’ and just finished ‘Code to Zero’ last night. Thanks for weaving such interesting characters together through tales of inevitable common fate. Always on the edge of my seat…

United States

From: Temitope Ojo
Sent: Thursday 9 July, 2009

I have read one of your novels ‘Triple’. I enjoyed it so much that I read it about five times. You are really wonderful. Please keep it up. I look forward to reading more.


From: Jim Kastorff
Sent: Saturday 11 July, 2009

Just finished ‘World Without End’. Never before tried to contact an author despite the fact I read 3-4 books a month. You are to be commended for writing an outstanding novel that I really enjoyed!!! A great story, my wife can’t wait to start, thanks,

United States

From: Bhanuraj Kashyap
Sent: Tuesday 14 July, 2009

Dear Ken,
I love your novels and my all time favorite is ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. The best thing in your novels is the narration and your novels are imbued with emotions and thrill. I’m in awe of you and you are my all time favorite author. Thanks for writing such great novels. I’m looking forward to your next book.


From: Mike Mitchell
Sent: Tuesday 21 July, 2009

I have just finished ‘Paper Money’. If that is an example of ‘under-writing’, all novelists should follow suit as most novels are overloaded with fluff!!
United States

From: Paul Haigh
Sent: Wednesday 22 July, 2009

Ken, I’ve just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, enjoyed it thoroughly and was hugely impressed. I thought it was a very profound book too in the way it dealt with the collision between violence and decency, civilisation and barbarity. Well done, and thanks.

United Kingdom

From: Dana Sue Copeland
Sent: Wednesday 29 July, 2009

A friend “nagged” me into reading ‘Pillars’ and I was hooked!!! She told me it was the best book she had ever read and I promise you that it the most interesting, life altering book I have ever read. I couldn’t bear for it to be over and I feel the same way about ‘World Without End’. Thank you so much for opening a world that I did not know could be so interesting. I will never look at architecture again, without thinking about “your” cathedrals!

United States

From: George Maris
Sent: Wednesday 29 July, 2009

I have just finished reading ‘World Without End’. It was a book that I didn’t want to end.

United States

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