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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: Adrian Griffin
Sent: Monday 1 February, 2010

Thank you for writing two of the most exhilarating novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ gripped me from the turn of the first page until the last. ‘Pillars’ was bought for me by my wife as a gift and I have to thank her for that. ‘World Without End’, well what a fantastic sequel! Throughout both books I felt as if I knew the characters personally and to follow the twists, turns, happiness and hardship.
Once again thank you!

United Kingdom

From: Ross Gravelle
Sent: Monday 1 February, 2010

Mr. Follett
I have read every book you have written. You are a true British master of fiction. I love your books. I finished ‘World Without End’ in ten days. The book made me feel like I was standing right beside the characters. All I can say is thank you for sharing your imagination.


From: Richard Templin
Sent: Monday 1 February, 2010

I’ve been dedicating myself to substitute reading for the other vices of today — mainly television and rental movies. Your books are among the brightest reads I’ve had since undertaking this mission. I enjoyed ‘Third Twin’ but was really enthralled with ‘Dangerous Fortune.’ I’m looking forward to hunting out your name for my future readings. Thank you for enjoyable and stimulating evenings!

United States

From: Gary Warden
Sent: Friday 5 February, 2010

Just finished ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’ which means I have read all of your books. Looks like I will have to wait until September 2010 for another. I spent eight years in England and dearly would like to visit again.

United States

From: John Homolka
Sent: Saturday 6 February, 2010

Wonderful audio book (The Pillars of the Earth). I drive all night and this book lasted me the whole week. I loved the detailed characters and the detail about how it was to live in the 12th century. Awesome work… looking forward to listening to the sequel.


From: Ty Webb
Sent: Tuesday 9 February, 2010

Thought you’d like to know that both ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’ have been so popular around here that we’re using them as a base for a class on medieval England, taught through a lifelong-learning institute affiliated with our local university.

United States

From: Debbie
Sent: Thursday 11 February, 2010

Currently reading ‘World Without End’ and absolutely loving it. I haven’t read ‘Pillars’ yet… I’ll start that as soon as I finish ‘WWE’. I have no idea how you write such incredibly long and fascinating stories, it’s a true gift. You have a lot of insight for a mere male (smile).
Keep writing.


From: Steve Waters
Sent: Friday 12 February, 2010

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading ‘Pillars of the Earth‘ and ‘World without End’. Great books — not my usual reading material but I could hardly put them down. Truly inspired writing. Thank you.

United Kingdom

From: Timme Hydeskov
Sent: Sunday 14 February, 2010

i just finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’ which is the first of your books I have read. I will not write a long comment, just a short straight-to-the-point message. Here we go:


Thank you very much !!!!


From: Christina Calbone
Sent: Monday 15 February, 2010

Finally! I have my hot little mitts on ‘World Without End’! I’m starting it as soon as I log off!
The first book held me spellbound! Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!

United States

From: Scott Gray
Sent: Monday 15 February, 2010

A simple ‘thank you’. I read diversely but crave those periods where I find a book that I relish getting back to, am anxious to see what happens next, and am disappointed when it ends. I have read most of your novels and they for the most part deliver that joy to me. Again, thank you.

United States

From: Delbert Matlack
Sent: Tuesday 16 February, 2010

I am reading ‘Eye of the Needle’ at the present. It is for the 4th time! I have the movie, and have watched it 2 or 3 times. Donald Sutherland did a nice job, but there is nothing like the printed page. I just wanted to applaud your writing skills. You have given me a lot of pleasure. Thank you very much.

United States

From: Howard Coe
Sent: Saturday 20 February, 2010

Just finished ‘Code To Zero’ a great read. We are about the same age, so this was like read a parallel/alternate history. I’ve read most of your work and the like. Always a good read. Thanks so much.

United States

From: Julia Mukuddem
Sent: Saturday 20 February, 2010

I was absolutely blown away by your books. It is not actually ‘my kind of book’ at all, but when I saw Oprah discuss ‘Pillars’, I thought — let me give it a try. I struggled at first, but my husband told me to push through – oh my word, am I glad that I did! I loved ‘World Without End’ even more – and usually a sequel is not as good as the first one – but my, oh my – unforgettable!

South Africa

From: Richard Peña
Sent: Saturday 20 February, 2010

Dear Mr. Follett,

I am thrilled to see ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is being made into a mini-series. I first read it when I was in college, and it remains my favorite novel to this day. It also happens to be a novel several people I have known in my personal and professional life have read and loved. I enjoyed reading ‘World Without End.’ Your characters are always so rich, and often seem so real that I feel that I know them when I’m reading your books. I recently re-read ‘A Dangerous Fortune,’ and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time.

I thank you for the wonderful stories you share, and look forward to your new book.

Best wishes,

United States

From: Kim Arrigo
Sent: Monday 22 February, 2010

I am a busy person, kids, husband, job, driving here and there. I have taken to listening to books in my van at first to pass the time then to really enjoy great books. You are the first author I have been compelled to contact. I am enjoying ‘Pillars’ so much I find myself sitting in my driveway (with hundreds of things I need to do) so I can finish up a chapter! I am ¾ of the way through but could not wait to tell you how much I am loving it. I know it must have been difficult for you to write a book that your friends and publisher were not sure of the outcome. It was a very good thing. Thank you so much.

United States

From: Jean Stainton
Sent: Wednesday 24 February, 2010

I just closed the back cover on ‘World Without End’ I NEED MORE. Last month, a retired librarian recommended ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I read it… lived it. Then I had to get ‘World Without End’ – reserved it at the library & gobbled it up. You are truly the BEST author I’ve read and now I’ve resolve to begin a journey through all of your works. I’ve never written to an author before, but I had to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the memorable journey I’ve had through old England for the past month.
BTW: I can’t choose which of the two I liked better.


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