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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: Larry E Smith
Sent: Saturday 3 October, 2009

I have just finished reading ‘Whiteout’. I read many, many books and usually fall asleep after reading a couple of chapters. ‘Whiteout’ has to be the most or one of the most exciting books I have read. I could not put it down and never fell asleep while reading it. I have read many of your books and always look if there are any that I have not already read.

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From: John Cola
Sent: Sunday 4 October, 2009

My favorite book is ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. People who watch TV are really missing out on reading for entertainment… Thank you for your work.

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From: Gordon Brown
Sent: Wednesday 7 October, 2009

Thank you for many hours of very enjoyable reading. Three or four years ago, I bought a copy of ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ at Goodwill, a local thrift store, and enjoyed it immensely. On my next visit, I found a copy of ‘Lie Down with Lions’, and was hooked. I then purchased, through Amazon.com, and read, in order of publication, all of your novels. I just finished ‘World Without End’. I kept wishing for you to get rid of Ralph, before you finally did.
Again, thank you. I have enjoyed all of your novels, and it will be difficult to pick one favorite, but I will probably go with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I am looking forward to the TV production.

Gordon Brown (not your Prime Minister)
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From: Joe Miano
Sent: Friday 9 October, 2009

Thank you for ‘WWE’. It became like a dear friend I kept close to me as we spent time together, mostly at meals. As the number of pages read grew and the end approached I felt like I and my friend were growing apart. As I read the last pages I felt like crying because my friend was leaving me now, with wonderful memories but leaving me nonetheless. So take a break if you must, but please take Kingsbridge into the 16th century before too much time has passed. Again, thank you for giving me such happiness.


From: Rock Lloyd
Sent: Friday 9 October, 2009

Thank you for introducing me to recreational reading. I hated reading and read text books when required for school. I picked up ‘Pillars of the Earth’ because someone said it was their favorite book. I hated it for about 70 pages but then I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. I have now become an avid reader and I have to give you credit. I have read several of your books and I’m now I’m hooked on several other authors as well. You have a gift and I thank you for introducing me to a whole new world. Also, I’m 48 years old… I now wish I would have picked up a “good” book earlier.

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From: Darron Coates
Sent: Tuesday 13 October, 2009

Have read several times, and enjoyed, ‘The Key To Rebecca’. This is to say it is one of a handful of books kept on hand.

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From: Todd Kotlarek
Sent: Tuesday 13 October, 2009

Hello Ken,
I’ve been reading you for the past few years, and have been on a recent surge. Alas, I only have 2 or 3 of your works left. Just started ‘Key to Rebecca’ today. I so enjoy your novels! Thanks for the joy!

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From: Nate Goyette
Sent: Sunday 18 October, 2009

I just wanted to tell you that I have read many many books in my life, including almost all of the classics, and I enjoyed ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ more than any other. Thank you, you have a brillant talent.

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From: Jennifer Marinilli
Sent: Monday 19 October, 2009

You are by far my favorite author. Each one of your books brings me to a different place and time, as if I’m a character in the book. I look forward to your books and even take a week off of work to fully enjoy it without interruption! Thank you Mr. Follett, you are gift to your fans!!
p.s. It’s is hard to choose which is my favorite novel, so I’d like to add to the list (I’ve read them more than once): ‘Code to Zero’, ‘A Place Called Freedom’, ‘Lie Down with Lions’, ‘World Without End’, ‘Hornet Flight’, ‘Jackdaws’…

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From: Monia Melandri
Sent: Monday 19 October, 2009

Dear Mr Follett,
Thank you very much for having written ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. It’s one of the most beautiful shivering and appalling books I ever read. Thanks again for having impressed me in middle age. I am Italian and I am studying English and your book is helping me a lot.


From: Heather Penney
Sent: Wednesday 21 October, 2009

I read both your books, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. The only thing I didn’t like about your books was that they ended! I now need another Ken Follett fix, so I’m searching your website for suggestions. Your work is brilliant.


From: Patricia De Freeuw
Sent: Wednesday 21 October, 2009

This is my first ever fan letter and I am 67 years old! I was flying to Hawaii from Chicago and needed a great “read” to pass the time. At a dinner party a few days before we left all the women suggested ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I picked it up at the library. I read for 10 hours straight!! My poor husband was not even allowed to talk to me!! I read it while we waited for our luggage and on the drive to our home. I read it while workmen installed a new tile floor and did a lot of other repairs!! I called my mother (age 92) and told her to get ot from the library and she couldn’t put it down either. I am so thrilled that you are making a film of it. Hayley Atwell will be a perfect Alinea, she is a great actress. I can’t wait!!

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From: Karen LaClergue
Sent: Friday 23 October, 20099

Mr. Follett,
I am in the early stages of trying to write a book placed in 1600-1658 and someone in my writing group loaned me ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ because I have several groups of people I am following, as you did in this book. His purpose was to show me how I could work the layout of the chapters. I started the book and could not put it down until I was finished… and it wasn’t until I was almost finished today that I realized what he meant by the chapters. This is a truly wonderful gift to readers and I will be reading more of your work in the future. Thanks for the experience.

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From: Shannon Ronje
Sent: Saturday 24 October, 2009:

Mr.Follett, I’m an American soldier currently in Afghanistan. I have read several of your books and I’m currently reading ‘Whiteout’. I enjoy your work and wanted to thank you. I look forward to starting my next books, which I received in the mail yesterday, ‘The Key to Rebecca’ and ‘Triple’. Once again thank you for such great novels.


From: Arlene
Sent: Monday 26 October, 2009

I was quite excited; I had finished my day’s activities and was looking forward to reading more of your wonderful book, ‘World Without End.’ It was then that I realized I had finished it the preceding evening. I almost felt depressed.

I quickly picked up ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ to continue the wonderful feeling. And I think I shall reread ‘World’ soon so I will better appreciate your references in it to the first book. Mr. Follett, thank you for the many hours of pure pleasure that come from reading your books.

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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