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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: Cecil Breau
Sent: Saturday 3 April, 2010

I have read many books in my life but your books are incredibly well documented. Your explicit details, from a distant barking dog to the intoxicating and exotic aromas of Cairo’s back street are a treat for the senses as well as for the imagination. Your vivid descriptions are nothing short of a 3-D sensation for the reader. Keep up the good work.


From: John Kelly
Sent: Wednesday 7 April, 2010

I think this is the first fan mail I’ve written in my life. I’m three quarters of the way through ‘World Without End’ and I’m enjoying it so much I’m delaying finishing the book. When I do pick it up I don’t want to put it down because I get so engrossed in the people and their lives so I don’t want to pick it up because the sooner I do the sooner it’ll be finished. From time to time I’ve struggled with the scope of the story – the twists and turns you devised – and I can’t imagine how you managed that same breadth when you wrote it.

I must say I had never heard of you until my son gave me ‘Pillars’ for Christmas but these two books are amongst (if not) the best I’ve ever read. They’ve involved me with the characters and stories like no other.

Thanks for the many hours of pleasure and a few hours of anguish.

New Zealand

From: Padmanabhan Rajan
Sent: Saturday 10 April, 2010

Have read most of your books and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. Do keep going! Still feel ‘Eye of the Needle’ was the best!


From: Olivia Hummel
Sent: Friday 16 April, 2010

Dear Mr. Follett,
While browsing Barnes and Noble came across your two books, ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’, bought both. I was so glad I did, I have never enjoyed two books as much as yours. That is what brought me to your website, for a booklist. Thank you so much. I like forward to reading all your others.

United States

From: Søren Müller
Sent: Saturday 17 April, 2010

Dear Mr. Follett
Both I and most of my family have read all your books whith great pleasure. At the moment I’m reading ‘Whiteout’, and are waiting for your next book.


From: David Cattell
Sent: Saturday 17 April, 2010

Your books are great! I finished ‘Pillars’ a couple of weeks ago and now I’m just about finished ‘World Without End’. My desktop screen is now the map of Kingsbridge – thanks for posting the image at your site. I’m looking forward to seeing the books in film.

United States

From: David Kim
Sent: Sunday 18 April, 2010

I know you prabably won’t read this message but I just wanted to thank you for putting me in a path to enjoyment of reading. I never read anything, not even the books that were assigned in school untill I got in a car accident and was laid out for couple of weeks. A friend of mine came to see me and brought a book called ‘The Key To Rebecca’. Since I didn’t have anything else to do I started to read the book and I actually enjoyed it, that was over 25 years ago and I haven’t stopped reading. I really love your writing and have read all your books. You are my favorite author, and I have you to thank you for my reading habits. I really enjoyed ‘World Without End’. I would love to get a chance to meet you one day. Take care, and I’ll be waiting for your next novel.

United States

From: Will Barnett
Sent: Monday 19 April, 2010

Dear Ken,
This is the first fan letter/email I’ve ever written but I wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I am enjoying your writing. I discovered a very old copy of ‘The Eye Of The Needle’ at a friend’s holiday home a few weeks ago and have since devoured ‘The Key To Rebecca’. I am currently in the middle of ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and loving it. I’m very excited that you have written so many other books I can look forward to enjoying in the future.

You also have a fantastic inspiring website and I found your ‘Masterclass’ section especially interesting.

Congratulations on all your success and the best of luck for the future.

With best wishes,
United Kingdom

From: Laura Bynum
Sent: Tuesday 20 April, 2010

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am writing to thank you for your work, your imagination, all the love you pour into your craft and, in particular, for ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Years ago, I purchased this book for a trip, unaware that this novel would serve as a catalyst in my own creative life. I’ve committed myself to the simple process of thanks by sending writers who’ve influenced me a note of thanks each week. This week is all yours.

Thank you so much, all the best,
United States

From: Eleanor Myrberg
Sent: Thursday 22 April, 2010

I have just finished ‘World Without End’. I listened to it on my MP3 player while walking and while cleaning house. I was able to lose pounds and my house has never been cleaner, because I just did not want to turn it off. I see on your FAQ page that you are not planning any sequels. I know that I can’t be the only person who wants more of Kingsbridge and its characters. Please write another.

United States

From: Anna Bower
Sent: Saturday 24 April, 2010 to say:

Little did I realise that after the ‘Eye of the Needle’, which I enjoyed so many years ago there came many others, until I found ‘Pillars of the Earth’ a couple of years ago. You are my most favorite writer, I now am belatedly reading my way through every one of your books, one better than the other. Have recently ordered all 11 that were still outstanding. Please keep healthy and keep on writing.

Best wishes

From: Andreea Marin
Sent: Monday 26 April, 2010

You are a very skilled author and storyteller. You write things people think and experience but aren’t very open to write or tell others about them. That’s what I’ve admired most. I can’t wait until you come to a book signing in Toronto.


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