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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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From: Nina Castillo
Sent: Tuesday 2 August, 2011

I have read and thouroughly enjoyed every one of your novels, except I somehow missed ‘Triple’. I have just ordered a copy and look forward to reading it. I, like many of your readers, can’t put your books down and read slower when I approach the back cover as I don’t want the story to end. I feel connected to the lives of your richly developed characters. They are living, breathing entities not words on a page. Thank you for adding so much pleasure to my life!

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From: Margaret Finnie
Sent: Friday 5 August, 2011

I discovered ‘Fall of Giants’ recently and have so enjoyed it then I have now bought another six of your books – being an avid reader I wish I had found your books years ago. Thanks.

United Kingdom

From: Frederic Gorgette
Sent: Saturday 6 August, 2011

Mr Follett,
I am close to the end of ‘Fall of Giants’ and feel sorry I just have 100 pages left to read. I will wait for the next book. I appreciate revisiting the European history I learned at school in a such an enjoyable way.


From: Karen Sipperley
Sent: Saturday 6 August, 2011

I’ve enjoyed your books over the years, but ‘Fall of Giants ‘was wonderful. I’ve given it to several people as gifts and they too have loved it. I’m looking forward to the next instalment in the trilogy. You entertain, and I appreciate your efforts.

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From: Hanna Wießner
Sent: Tuesday 9 August, 2011

Dear Mr. Follett!
I feel so blessed that I had the chance to read your books ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’, ‘A Place called Freedom’ and ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. Next I will read ‘Fall of Giants’.

You are the best novelist I know. As I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I couldn’t stop reading. I went to bed, but after ten minutes I had to switch the light on again to go on reading your book, because otherwise I couldn’t have slept. It was so exciting, it’s really such a great book! It’s amazing and breathtaking. You cannot stop reading this book. Thank you so much for this book!

It’s so interesting to read how the life could have been in the Middle Ages.

God bless you!

From: Steve d’Eça
Sent: Monday 15 August, 2011

The last two books I read were ‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘The Man From St Petersburg’. A friend told me that if I enjoyed them I HAVE to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I just did and it is one of the most amazing books I’ve read in my 63 years! Thank you for this epic book!


From: Chuck Randall
Sent: Thursday 18 August, 2011

Mr. Follett,
Just finished Fall of Giants. Well done! I am so glad it is a trilogy. Now I can look forward to the rest of the series. I discovered you with ‘Pillars’ and loved it and its sequel. I’m happy to have found you as an author.

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From: Jenny Stanton
Sent: Saturday 20 August, 2011

‘Fall of Giants’ is wonderful – as are all your books. It brings history to life, especially when one has lived through some of it without, before, really taking notice of it. Can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy. Many thanks.

United Kingdom

From: Nicole Parsons
Sent: Monday 22 August, 2011

Thank you for your attention to historical detail in your writing. In 2009 I was laid off and decided to return to college in order to retrain. Thanks to ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’, I was reminded of how much I have always loved history, writing and literature. I decided to study history this time in college, in the hopes finding the career I have always wanted. Thank you for the inspiration.

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From: Angel Pilcher
Sent: Tuesday 23 August, 2011

Thank you for the opportunity to express my admiration, appreciation and gratitude for you and your novels. They’ve given me hours of entertainment as well as a glimpse of people, places & events from a different place and/or time. I think you’re a wonderful storyteller, an artist! Congratulations on your amazing career and works. Thank you again, best wishes for continued success!

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From: Apryl
Sent: Wednesday 24 August, 2011

Hi Ken,

‘Fall of Giants’ was just amazing. I’m really looking forward to ‘Winter of the World’! And thank you – again! – for ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I have read it at least a dozen times and will re-read it at least a dozen more!


From: Dave Waite
Sent: Wednesday 24 August, 2011

Mr. Follett – ‘Fall of Giants’ was an absolute masterpiece. I have read every one of your books (first was ‘Night over Water’), and after each one I am left wondering, how is he going to top THAT? Well, you do, each and every time. Cannot wait for number 2 of the trilogy. Thank you.


From: Sam Escano
Sent: Wednesday 24 August, 2011

I got the book ‘Fall of Giants’ I’m actually reading it again for the second time. I REALLY like the depth of research involve in this book can’t wait for the 2nd and last. You make writing so effortless.


From: Fredrik Erlandssons
Sent: Thursday 25 August, 2011

Hello Ken! I have just finished reading ‘World Without End’! Wow! I’m completely breathless! What a story! I have lived with these characters for the last couple of weeks now and last night I even dreamed about them! You have made the people and the places so real that I have really found myself in the 14th century! Thanks for another great read! I have read all your books from ‘Eye of the Needle’ and onwards with the exception of ‘Fall of Giants’, which I do own (in Swedish), but still haven’t had time to read. I know I’m in for another treat soon!

Best wishes

From: Laurie Smith
Sent: Thursday 25 August, 2011

Simply put, the best book I read this century was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I completed it 13 hours ago and wanted to say, thank you. A college friend recommended your book on Facebook to another classmate seeking a riveting summer read. This new classic should be read by high school or college students worldwide. I loved the fact that I needed a dictionary to decipher the cathedral building terminology. I visited Notre Dame de Paris twice but now I’ll really study its architecture the next time I visit. Thank you for committing to writing this story. The message is timeless and relatable. Plus, out of 400,000 words, only three small typos, outstanding!

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From: Jack June
Sent: Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Ken, I have read everything you have produced, and my favorite book of all time is ‘Pillars of the Earth’, followed closely by ‘World Without End’. ‘Fall of Giants’ may be one of the best, though through the years so many of your books have come to mind in different situations. Thank you for so much entertainment for all these years. I am very anxious for the second installment of the trilogy.

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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