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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: Cooper Dressler
Sent: Thursday 3 December, 2009

Dear Ken,
I must join the thousands of grateful fans in thanking you for writing ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I have never been a very consistent reader for pleasure however your novel has truly changed that. I found an unloved copy of the novel in a parking lot destined to become obsolete litter and picked it up. A friend who was with me commented vaguely “I’ve heard that is a good book.” That night I began reading and found myself engulfed in sheer delight. I can’t thank you enough for rekindling my love for great reading, it took your genius to do just that. Thank you.


Cooper Dressler
United States

P.S. I apologize for happening to enjoy your work at no expense to myself and therefore I shall be purchasing a new copy to give to my father. I will also undoubtedly be reading ‘World Without End’ by the new year.

From: Julie Wamsley
Sent: Thursday 3 December, 2009

‘The Pillars of the Earth’, WOW, what a great read. Thank you for such a great story that kept me captivated from the first page. I can’t wait to read ‘World Without End’.


From: Kevin Macinnes
Sent: Friday 4 December, 2009

Both your books ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ have been a great inspiration for me to begin writing my first novel. The detail given to both setting and characters has made me want to research medieval history even more.
Thank you very much.


From: Randy Nelson
Sent: Friday 11 December, 2009

I am a lawyer in Redding, California. My college-age daughter and I love your books. My comment has more to do with your website than your books. Considering your success, and there being no need for you to create and maintain a website, I am very impressed with its open and inviting nature. I am particularly impressed by your honest approach to earlier work. As success comes, it becomes harder to acknowledge earlier efforts that are not nearly up to the same standards. I certainly feel that way when I read briefs I wrote when I began practising twenty years ago. I’m looking forward to reading with enjoyment many more of your novels. Thank you.

United States

From: Alessia Baldini
Sent: Sunday 13 December, 2009

Many compliments, you are my favourite author. The first novel I read was ‘Night over Water’ and from then on, I fell in love with your books, read them all and waiting for your next work. Many thanks for the beautiful hours I spent reading your novels!

An Italian fan

From: Adam Stearns
Sent: Monday 14 December, 2009

Ken – Your novels are so incredible. I started reading your books in college in the early 90’s starting with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I haven’t read them all, but I have all of them on my bookshelf and only have a few left. I am on the last few pages of ‘The Key to Rebecca’ today and LOVE IT. Thank you for making the world a better place. Your stories are better than any movie.

United States

From: Ben Warr
Sent: Friday 18 December, 2009

Hello Ken,
I just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed your novels. I have just finished reading ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, which I thought was fantastic. Before I started reading your books a year ago, I don’t believe that I actually finished a book. So thank you for helping me to enjoy reading.
Keep up the good work!


From: Tony Marinilli
Sent: Wednesday 23 December, 2009

Hey there Ken! I have to say… I have heard so much about your writing from my mother throughout my entire life. :) I knew you were an amazing writer, but when I read ‘World Without End’, I was completely moved. I felt so in touch with the characters… the whole book was just completely amazing. There are no better words for it. I owe you thanks, Mr. Follett, for creating such beautiful works.

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