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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: Lee Evans
Sent: Sunday 1 November, 2009

You are an amazing writer – your range of storytelling is incredible. I have read avidly since being around seven years old so I know what I'm saying. Thankfully I still have some of your books to read – I’m 61 now so please keep ’em coming! Many thanks for hours of gripping excitement and interest.

United Kingdom

From: Wayne Purdy
Sent: Sunday 1 November, 2009

Mr. Follett, I have just picked up your wonderful novel, The Pillars of the Earth. For years I’ve resisted reading it because I was under the impression that it was a fantasy novel, and that genre does not appeal to me. Man, was I wrong! I’m only half way through and I’m dreading finishing it because then it will be done. My only consolation is the anticipation of tearing into the sequel. You are a wordsmith. Thank you for a truly amazing book.
Yours sincerely,


From: Angela Orfanelli
Sent: Thursday 5 November, 2009

Hi Ken,
I’m a huge fan of yours, I have read all your books, and I introduced your books to my husband who has never read novels. I told him try this author and you will never want to stop reading the book. Now he cries when the book finishes. Your books are amazing, they have everything inside them. I’m so happy new books are coming next year!


From: Claudia Contreras
Sent: Thursday 5 November, 2009

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just want to tell you how much I love your books, I have read most of them. My favorites are ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and a ‘Place Called Freedom’. I really want to read ‘World Without End,’ I am saving to buy it in December (Here in Guatemala, this book is much more expensive than the others). I also began a reading club and we are going to read ‘The Third Twin’. I admire how you can write so many different kind of books and all of them so perfect…!!! Please I hope you can visit Guatemala some day… Some friends and my father are also big fans!!! Thanks for your writing…


From: Brian Dear
Sent: Friday 6 November, 2009

Congratulations on ‘World Without End’s’ television adaptation. That was a surprising book for me as the subject matter wasn’t something I expected to enjoy. However, you told an amazing story that brought tears, hope and a feeling of triumph. I literally couldn’t put it down. It’s incredible that, via television, a wider audience will be introduced to your work. Now if you can only get ‘Jackdaws’ filmed!

Anyway, thanks for the Masterclass — hopefully my own novel will reflect some of the skill you have imparted both through your website and through your novels. I look forward to your next book!


From: Will Wingert
Sent: Sunday 8 November, 2009

You are without a doubt the best writer I’ve ever encountered. Your ability to elicit emotion and anticipation with the reader is unparalelled. I usually read to help me go to sleep at night. I can’t read your books at night, because I stay up too late. Thank you so much for your work. I’ve read all your books, and enjoyed each of them greatly.

United States

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: Jason Croutch
Sent: Monday 16 November, 2009

Mr. Follett,
It has been a great pleasure reading ‘The Pillars of The Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. I became so enamored with the main characters, that I feel I had to say goodbye when I finished each book. I am a photographer by trade, and I could see the images you described come alive in my head. I was so taken by these two books that I ordered brand new hardback books to keep on my shelf, so I could reread the others. I would like to know when you will be back in the States, so I can have these two books autographed. I look forward to your response.

United States

From: Luisa Galvao
Sent: Thursday 19 November, 2009

Hello! For the first time I read one of you books, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, after a colleague from work said it was one of the best books she had ever read. I just want to say that I stayed up several days until 3 a.m. reading it and was something I didn’t do for a long time. It was hard to go to work the next day but it was worth it! So congratulations and thank you for the pleasant moments that you gave me. And of course, I’ll have to buy more of your books…


From: Dana Nairn
Sent: Friday 20 November, 2009

I am sooooooo excited and pleased to see that you’re writing a trilogy! I will be counting the days until September next year when I’ll be able to buy your next novel! Keep up the great work; I will be a fan until the day I die!

From: Katie Ellis
Sent: Sunday 22 November, 2009

Dear Ken

I just wanted to say a big thank you for writing ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’.

I am a prolific reader but have never read any of your books before – my usual rule of thumb being that if my husband likes it – then it’s probably not for me. But after being told constantly to read them by said husband, I finally have, and have as a result gleaned hours of pleasure!

I can’t tell you how pleased I’ve been at the end of each day to finally curl up and share the adventures of Tom, Jack, Gwenda and others. Being a bad sleeper, I have recently (thanks to you) found that rather than worrying about going to sleep, I am secretly glad that I can read for longer! What a treat!

I am nearing the end of the second book now and have started to slow my reading pace for fear of finishing it, but, thanks so much! I will eagerly await any more of this kind of book that you would want to write!

Best wishes from your newest fan,
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