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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: Bill Wehrmacher
Sent: Sunday 1 May, 2011

I never read growing up, but I started at 65. I had to move to a small town in Iowa for work and I had no TV. Reading is better. My daughter bought me a copy of ‘Eye of the Needle’ and then happenstance brought me to ‘World Without End’. When I realized you wrote them both, I was hooked. I love your work. I am about a quarter of the the way through ‘Fall of Giants’.

United States

From: Hanne Juhl
Sent: Monday 2 May, 2011

Dear Ken Follett,

Just wanted to say that I do think you are a great storyteller – and a great inspiration for an aspiring storyteller:) My brother had for years tried to convince me to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and when I finally did, I wondered why I had not read it sooner at the same time that I wished, I had not read it yet. That is the way it should be with truly great stories! Read ‘World without End’ this past Christmas and now I look forward to reading ‘Fall of Giants’. I hope I can pursue my dreams of being a storyteller and author - and will continue to look to you for inspiration. Sincerely,


From: Wendy Chadwick
Sent: Wednesday 4 May, 2011

I finished reading ‘World Without End’ yesterday and actually feel that my world has come to an end now… I never wanted it to end. You don’t just write well you actually paint a picture. What a gift you have and thank you for using it for our enjoyment!

South Africa

From: Bill Flower
Sent: Saturday 7 May, 2011

Ken, I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ — couldn’t put it down, even as heavy as it is. I had studied most of these events in high school and college, but your story-telling ability made them come alive. Well done. I’ll be waiting for the next two to drop. I have now read all of your novels and enjoy the historical variety best. (I’m 70 if that tells you anything). Keep it up, please.

United States

From: Kathy Mansfield
Sent: Sunday 8 May, 2011

Just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Wow, what an epic, fabulous novel. Thank you for writing this book about one of my loves, ancient cathedrals.

United States

From: Alan Dean
Sent: Sunday 8 May, 2011

I just finished watching ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Even saw your grand appearance Ken. Excellent. And a Big Well Done.


From: Martha Colburn
Sent: Monday 9 May, 2011

Just finished the audiobook version of ‘Fall of Giants’, which I enjoyed immensely. Can’t wait until 2012 for the next volume. Write faster! Write faster! Just kidding – I realize how much research each volume entails. Thank You!

United States

From: Tony Flowers
Sent: Thursday 12 May, 2011

I am a police officer and enjoy reading to ‘escape’ from time to time. I was at Barnes & Noble and saw your book ‘Fall of Giants’ and it looked very interesting. I went to the public library but could not find it. I ran across ‘A Place called Freedom’ and became hooked. I am currently reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’.

United States

From: Alvon Dormer
Sent: Thursday 12 May, 2011

I have read most of your books. The latest, ‘Fall of Giants’, surpasses ‘Pillars’ Halfway through it and can’t put it down. But if I don’t go to bed my wife will leave me. Thank you for many hours of entertainment.


From: Bradley Alexander
Sent: Friday 13 May, 2011

I am so upset with you right now! I finished ‘Fall of Giants’ last night and I just do not know what to do without keeping up with your characters. I have always been a student of WWI, and your book was extremely pleasurable for a read. What am I going to do with myself now…? I am so angry right now… I guess I will have to read another one of your books! Please hurry and finish the next one to follow ‘Fall’.

United States

From: Anne Rettenmair
Sent: Saturday 14 May, 2011

I am on the edge of my seat for the 2nd book in the ‘Century’ trilogy. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ was my favorite book, then it became ‘World Without End’, then ‘A Place Called Freedom’. Now it is the Century trilogy. I love all of your books and if you write it I will read it. Thank you for providing the world with so much enjoyable reading.

United States

From: Michele Marcus-Krohn
Sent: Thursday 19 May, 2011

Thank you for your wonderful stories! You have entertained me for many glorious hours and I look forward to many more!

United States

From: Carine
Sent: Friday 20 May, 2011

Mr Follett, I just want to thank you greatly for writing ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. You undoubtedly made an enormous research work and with your pleasant style of writing it was just delightful to read your work. I cried and I smiled. Thank you so much.


From: Stu Ducklow
On Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Will you please stop writing those damned books? I spent the last three days reading ‘Fall of Giants’ instead of working. If I get fired it’s your fault!


From: Ant Williams
Sent: Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Absolutely gripped by the ‘Pillars’ series. Loved the history I learnt from the books. Ordered and imported the mini-series – equally enjoyable. You have a fantastic gift.

South Africa

From: Alan Fear
Sent: Tuesday 24 May, 2011

I’m fascinated by medieval history and I’ve just finished reading ‘World Without End’ for the second time, I’ve read ‘Pillars’ three times! Thanks for these great works and all your other novels. I’m looking forward to the ’Fall of Giants’ trilogy!


From: Doug Fuller
Sent: Saturday 28 May, 2011

Reading your story of how you came to write the book and how it became a success, I’m reminded how I found out about it. A friend showed me a copy, pointing out the passage about how a fuller did his job. That was the first I knew of the history of my family name. Educational as well as entertaining! I re-read my copy regularly - I love historical fiction. Thanks for your effort.

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