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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: Will McCarthy
Sent: Saturday 1 August, 2009

Hey Ken, my name’s Will and my school assigned your book ‘Pillars of the Earth’ as a summer reading choice this year. When I went to the bookstore to choose between your novel and another I chose yours because not only was the other book feminine and emasculating, your treasure truly interested me. I don’t know if you actually read these messages, but I just wanted you to know that even a slight majority of teenage readers and writers find your novels intriguing and entrancing. I plan to read many more of your books in the near future. I’m glad that they assigned your book. It is literally one of the only books I have read that I truly can relate too and find myself enjoying. Thanks for writing such fantastic novels!
A much in debt fan,

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From: David Reitz
Sent: Sunday 2 August, 2009

I am dubious that you will ever see this, but on the chance that you do: ‘Pillars’ is the best book I have read in years. I have not been so taken by a book since I discovered James Herriot’s works. Great work. I read it and turned back to page one and read it again. I will certainly be looking for your other titles.

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From: Marta Mrozek
Sent: Monday 3 August, 2009

Dear Mr Follett

I love your books. They help me forget about all my problems and for a moment be somebody else, have new friends and live in different time. Characters you created are so vivid that I feel like I know them. I read most of your books, but I prefer the contemporary ones, and my favourite is ‘Whiteout’ (it was my first one) and ‘The Modigliani Scandal’. Of course I like very much all books about war too. I am waiting for your next novel.

Best regards,

From: Deborah Pollard
Sent: Wednesday 5 August, 2009

I just finished my first book by you… ‘Jackdaws’. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more of your books in the very near future. I began reading the book on Monday morning during breaks at work and finished it last night after I got home (I read very fast!). Thank you for a very captivating and very fascinating book.

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From: Leon Lindley
Sent: Wednesday 5 August, 2009

Dear Ken
I have just finished ‘World Without End’. In a word, “Brilliant”. I have now picked up ‘Pillars’ to read again after 10 years. Both of these books have found a special place in my library, so much so I had a first edition of ‘Pillars’ recently sent off to be professionally quarter-bound in leather. I will do the same with ‘World’. Both ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’ have made it into my personal Top Ten Books. I hope you seriously consider a third based around Kingsbridge. Keep up the great work.

Yours faithfully

From: Livia King
Sent: Thursday 6 August, 2009

Dear Mr. Follett,

I picked up ‘Pillars of the Earth’ off my roommate’s bookshelf and was absolutely blown away by the first scene.

I ended up liking your prologue so much that when I started a creative writing blog (I’m an aspiring YA fantasy writer), my first blog post was an analysis of why the prologue worked so well in ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I did read the rest of the book too — it cut down on my productivity for about a week — and I really enjoyed it. If you’re curious, you can find it at http://liviablackburne.blogspot.com/2009/06/pillars-of-earth-example-of-prologue.html. I’d be honored if you have time to drop by!

Plus, when I visited my parents over the summer, I realized you had written ‘The Power Twins’, which has been on my bookshelf for over a decade and survived many rounds of bookshelf weeding. I hadn’t put the names together at first. It’s awesome that you write in so many genres.

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From: ‘JJ’
Sent: Saturday 8 August, 2009

Dear Mr Follett

I’ve been reading your novels for about seven years now, and have actually purchased and read all your novels! I wanted to share how a particular novel has impacted me. I read ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ about two years ago and really liked it. You see, my dad has a large family business, which my siblings and I are expected to manage in a few years time. I could really relate to the characters in the book, and how some family members wanted to build the company, while others take their fortune for granted, without realizing how they could so easily lose it. I intend to purchase a copy of the book to each of my siblings, to remind them to always remember how easily a fortune can be lost. I’d like to thank you for helping to paint a very vivid story that will stick in my mind for a long time.

Thank you

From: Kirubhakaran V
Sent: Sunday 9 August, 2009

Dear Mr Follett,
My first book of yours was ‘The Hammer of Eden’ and I realised that here’s someone really special. A real storyteller. I’ve read nearly all your books and I really cant express the immense pleasure it gave me. And also to know how much research would have gone into each book. My favourite is ‘Lie down with Lions’. You are my favourite author I’m dying to read ‘World without End’. Expecting more from you.


From: Robert Williams
Sent: Monday 10 August, 2009

I truly loved ‘Pillars Of The Earth’. It renewed my faith in God and made me feel less guilty about leaving the Catholic Church. I just purchased ‘World Without End’ and hope that I enjoy it even half as much.
Thank you.

United States

From: Rhonda Hall
Sent: Tuesday 11 August, 2009

I want to say thank you to you, Oprah and the Amazon Kindle for bringing ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ to me. I agree with the others who said they didn’t want to start another book because they were afraid it wouldn’t be as good as yours. It’s amazing the way you make your characters people one would want to make their friends, especially considering the characters were from such a different time. I miss them and I certainly hope that you write a sequel(s) to ‘World Without End’. One more thing - your website is one of the best I’ve seen. Thanks for everything!

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From: Diane Anton
Sent: Wednesday 12 August, 2009

I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ 15 years ago and it remains my favorite book of all time. I missed the characters for weeks after finishing the book. I just read ‘World Without End’ and couldn’t put it down. My 9-year-old son said to me “Mom, you never talk to us anymore, you just read that book!”. Great story – hated for it to end! Guess I should get back to my family now! Thanks you for a terrific read!

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From: Donna Reid
Sent: Friday 14 August, 2009

Mr. Follett, I just wanted to tell you that I have had countless hours of enjoyment reading your books (sometimes more than once). I love the way you tell a story.

Your fan

From: Kristin Leigh Gans
Sent: Monday 17 August, 2009

Listen to me… I am within 20 pages of finishing ‘World Without End’… I read Pillars previously… YOU MUST WRITE ANOTHER ONE along the same lines… PLEASE!! I don’t want it to end… I feel like I am in a world I can’t leave… if you don’t write another one and I mean soon… I will be forced to get down on Bigod and Philemon’s level and find out some terrible secret on you and reveal it to the world! Even though I mean all I’ve said… if you don’t do it, they will stand as the BEST books I have ever read! Thank you! and by the way… I’m having a very hard time getting the Plague out of my head… every time I hear someone sneeze… I feel afraid! LOL…

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From: Andrew Nelson
Sent: Monday 17 August, 2009

Hi Mr. Follett! I know that this message will probably not reach you directly, but that’s okay. I just wanted to express how much I enjoy reading your novels, which is somewhat ironic given that I am only a teenager. Your books satisfy exactly what I crave in literature – a riveting suspense thriller that I never want to put down! Also, thanks for writing so many, it should keep me busy at least for another couple summers.

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From: Michael Thomas
Sent: Monday 17 August, 2009

You have been one of my favourite authors since I joined EDS over 26 years ago and read ‘On Wings of Eagles’. I worked closely with several of the principals in your book. Since then I have read everything you have written. My favourite was ‘Pillars of the Earth’, until now. ‘World Without End’ is your finest work ever and I sincerely hope there is more of this genre to come from you. Well done, and thank you.


From: Anna Follett
Sent: Wednesday 19 August, 2009

Having got married to a Follett from Australia last year I thought it was about time I read some of your books. I have just finished ‘World Without End’ and am now so sad it is all over! I just wanted to say thank you for writing such amazing novels and giving me a bit more pride in my new last name!

All the best,
New Zealand

From: Keith Labar
Sent: Sunday 23 August, 2009

I would have never read anything like ‘Pillars’ without the insistence of my son-in law. Today, I finished ‘World Without End’… and beg you to continue the saga of Kingsbridge! These have been the most enjoyable two novels, of several thousand, that I have read.

Thank you.
United States

From: Diane Davis
Sent: Wednesday 26 August, 2009

Mr. Follett, I have had the most enjoyable summer. I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ almost non-stop. I was consumed with the characters and couldn’t wait to continue each page. I didn’t want the story to end and felt so sad when I was finished. The ending was perfect and I will carry the characters in my heart always. Thank you for a wonderous look at times gone by and for making it such a great journey. Sincerely

United States

From: Daniel Martin
Sent: Thursday 27 August, 2009

Dear Ken,
Thank you! I have read all but a couple of your books now and consider myself a firm fan! I have loved the diversity of the heroes and villians in the books, such as ‘Jackdaws’, ‘Hornet Flight’ and ‘Eye of the Needle’. But most of all, I have loved the historical setting and the characters in ‘Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’, ‘A Place called Freedom’ and ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. All of these kept me captivated from start to finish. I am looking forward to this mini series of ‘Pillars of the Earth’, but would rather see a new book come out!!

All the very best
United Kingdom

From: David Meikle
Sent: Saturday 29 August, 2009

Ken: Just finished ‘Jackdaws’ in two sittings. Trust you got as much pleasure from writing it as I did from reading it. Thanks.

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