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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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From: Earl Lorenz
Sent: Tuesday 1 March, 2011

I read aloud every morning to my wife (10 years now) “a chapter a day keeps senility away” while she knits. Oh, we still work but are seniors. Truly, truly enjoy reading your works. Thank you for your artistry and sharing it. We are anticipating part two of the ‘Fall of Giants’ trilogy. Again, THANK YOU!

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From: Judy Neary
Sent: Tuesday 1 March, 2011

I among many millions of others am grateful you decided you would never be a star in the news business! I would have missed so many wonderful hours of enjoyment reading your novels if you had pursued that instead. You seem to be getting better and better with each novel. Thank you for sharing your great talent with us!!!

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From: Goretti Lema
Sent: Wednesday 2 March, 2011

YOU take too much time out of my life! PLEASE do NOT write any more books. Take a break or a different hobby. My family is starting to get upset with me; for when they get home and supper is not done – because I spent the ENTIRE day reading…


From: Martha Dargis
Sent: Thursday 3 March, 2011

I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. It was so good and I learned a lot about the history of that time. Now I can hardly wait until the next part comes out! The characters are so great, a person can really identify with some of their personalities and the trials they are going through. This is the first book I have read that was written by you. Now I am excited to read some of your other books! Thanks for your time.

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From: Frank Gilligan
Sent: Friday 4 March, 2011

I’m 78 years old. Books are my passion. I’ve read most of your books and I must say I’ve never been disappointed by ANY of them. My favorite of all time is ‘Night over Water’. Keep on Keeping On.

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From: Jose Bertrand
Sent: Tuesday 8 March, 2011

I think I have read all your novels in Spanish. When last week I read the last page of ‘Fall of Giants’, I felt like when I finished ‘World Without End’, as if I lost something important in my life. I am impatient to begin the second part. Please don’t let me wait long.


From: Susan Ellis
Sent: Wednesday 9 March, 2011

I enjoy history, but I’ve never felt pulled into an era as I did when reading ‘Fall of Giants’. I loved the novel, and I particularly enjoyed seeing your characters grow and change as the world and its giants evolved during this tumultuous time. I anxiously await the rest of the trilogy. Thank you for sharing your gift. You are amazing.

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From: Judy Allen
Sent: Thursday 10 March, 2011

I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and it was by far the best book I have read. I could not put it down. I cannot wait for the next one. I connected with the characters right away. 2012 cannot come fast enough for part two.
Thank you for such a great book.


From: Laurel Glidden-Pont
Sent: Sunday 13 March, 2011

I have just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, it was like saying goodbye to dear, dear friends. I’ve never loved a book this much and find myself waiting at the end of the day for those magic moments alone to be lost for a while in the world you made. Thank you for the gift of this escape, I will treasure the memory.

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From: Phyllis Houser
Sent: Monday 14 March, 2011

I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ — not only do you tell a good story, but you bring history to life. I look forward to the next in the series! Thank you so much.

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From: Mary Ellen Kohler
Sent: Monday 14 March, 2011

Just a note to say how much I have enjoyed reading every one of your novels. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ — read numerous times, was a fantastic movie. I am hopeful that many more of your writings will be brought to the screen. Sad as it was that it did not receive a Golden Globe, it was comforting to see that it was nominated in a number of categories. Putting the film together must have been a challenge to say the least!
Thank you for the wonderful days of reading that you provide!

Mary Ellen
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From: Beverlie Jones
Sent: Tuesday 15 March, 2011

Hi Mr. Follett. I love your books! I just finished ‘The Key to Rebecca’. Outstanding!!!! I couldn’t put it down. I bought and read ‘Fall of Giants’ as soon as I saw it in the store. It was wonderful. I’m having a hard time waiting for 2012 and the sequel. I have read almost all of your books. You are a brilliant writer and I thank you for the ongoing gifts of your books. Keep up the great work. God bless you.

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From: Joseph Meyer
Sent: Wednesday 16 March, 2011

Dear Mr. Follett,

I wanted to thank you for writing ‘Fall of Giants’. This particular time span somehow hasn’t been covered with a great and exciting novel, now it’s there. I really enjoyed reading this book and so did my wife. We are looking forward to the sequel!

All the best

From: Michael Sasse
Sent: Thursday 17 March, 2011

Other than just to say thank you for the books, I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. I found you in the mid-nineties with ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, was so entertained I’ve read everything you have done from the start including ‘Under the Streets of Nice’. Of course was captivated by ‘Pillars’ but ‘World Without End’ is my fav. I’m almost finished ‘Giants’ and love the authenticity and realism of the characters and time setting. Will always be a true fan, thanks again.


From: Ryan Noble
Sent: Monday 21 March, 2011

‘Fall of Giants’ was by far my favorite book that I’ve read, I anticipate the next in the series. I started with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, then read anything I could get my hands on. I was 12. I would easily read any of your material several times over in a night, given the chance. Thank you for all your work, I can’t wait for your next novel, maybe another #1 bestseller, perhaps?


From: Melanie Viau
Sent: Sunday 27 March, 2011

As much as I would be thrilled to meet you, I must confess I would be equally thrilled to meet the women in your life. It is evident that you have a tremendous esteem of these women. As a woman, I ALWAYS feel empowered after reading your novels and I wish to thank you for this.


From: David Hill
Sent: Monday 28 March, 2011

‘Fall of Giants’… a fantastic book, to say the least. Just finished reading it in almost a single sitting. OK, I read it over the course of a 9-day vacation. The only complaint I have is that I don’t think I can wait until 2012 when you currently plan to come out with your second book in the trilogy. Can you write any faster. :-)
Seriously, great book. Right up there with ‘Pillars’ and ‘World Without End’, actually. ‘Pillars’ is my wife’s and my all-time favorite book, by the way.
Keep up the great writing. We look forward to your next book in the series.

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From: Joe Marciano
Sent: Tuesday 29 March, 2011

You are an inspiration to beginning writers! Thank you for this website, and for sharing your journey as a writer. I just started ‘The Pillars of the Earth.’ Your preface moved me for its honesty and devotion to your readers. I’ve read ‘Needle’ many times as a model of the right way to do it. Cheers and salutes!

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From: Janet Catherine Johnston
Sent: Tuesday 29 March, 2011

I just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and absolutely loved it! I listened to the audio version which was fantastic. Really did justice to your work. Thanks for the wonderful entertainment.

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From: Charlotte Handley
Sent: Wednesday 30 March, 2011

To Mr Follett,
I read your book ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ when I heard there was going to be a mini series made of it. In all honesty I can say it was the best book I have ever read, because I am only 14, I haven’t read many novels reflecting such adult themes, however I was gripped with this differently. I fell in love with the book, and the characters became real, I actually made me feel as though I was there, living alongside everything. My favourite asset about it has to of been how the journey proceeds from one time to another. It was actually incredible how Jack and Tom became real inside my head, I could relate to them and Aliena all at the same time! It is such an incredibly masterpiece I really wanted to know how you came across the ideas and inspiration to think up such an ingenious creation. I am truly a fan, and having already read the sequel I am looking forward to reading many more of your novels. Thank you.

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From: Ron Langston
Sent: Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Sir, I’m sorry it took me 75 years to read your first book. I can assure you it won’t be my last. Can’t wait to get the next one. I’m retired Air Force and am partial to books about the military/war, etc. Loved ‘On Wings of Eagles’. I pray for your continued success and good health.

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From: Mary Bell
Sent: Friday 1 April, 2011

Hi just wanted to say I love your novels. I started reading your novels with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and have now bought them all and have read them at least twice. I am at the moment re reading ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’. I hope to enjoy your novels for a great many more years.


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