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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: Pedro Almeida
Sent: Thursday 1 September, 2011

Great, thanks to you I just sleep three hours per day in the last week. Still one more week to finish ‘Fall of Giants’. Should I ask for some pills in the future for the remaining books??
Let me know!! ;-)


From: Colin Davies
Sent: Saturday 3 September, 2011

Hello Ken, I just want to say a big thank you for having such a big impact on me with your work. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ was undoubtedly the finest novel ever written. It left me wanting more so I was overjoyed when ‘World Without End’ was published. Again I was taken back to Kingsbridge with a story that had me hooked. I am now enjoying ‘Fall of Giants’ and just don’t want it to end – thank goodness I have two more volumes to look forward to!
Thank you once again and keep up the fantastic work that you do.

United Kingdom

From: Christopher Fournier
Sent: Monday 5 September, 2011

I am in the Army deployed to Afghanistan and I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. What a great read and I cannot wait until the next book in the series is published!!! I’ll be back home by then!!! I have read a lot of your work and I am pushing your books on the soldiers around me. A young Turk, a fellow soldier, is the next in line to read ‘Fall of Giants’.

Thanks for your work.

From: Anita Dietzinger
Sent: Tuesday 6 September, 2011

I’m not sure if what I’ve got to tell is in any way interesting or extraordinary – but there’s one Ken Follett book that had such a big effect on my life that I thought I’d tell about it here.

I’ve read lots of Follett books and so far I’ve loved them all, but the first I ever read was ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I was 15 and complained that most books were to short and I could read them in a day, so my mother gave me ‘Pillars’. I’ve since read it at least once every year. But one part of the story had an especially big influence on me: the journey to Santiago de Compostela by Jack and Aliena.

I am now 24 and have spent the last 9 years with preparations, reading, planning, dreaming, and the last three summers I’ve actually been a pilgrim, starting from my doorstep in Munich. Ken Follett books have been my constant companion throughout (this year I took ‘Fall of Giants’ with me on my trip) and whenever I meet other pilgrims who’ve been inspired by Paulo Coelho or Shirley McLaine I tell them about the ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and how it made me walk 1500 km (so far) across Europe … that’s it, just thought I’d mention it in case someone cares. All the best, and many thanks from


From: Joanne Frattura
Sent: Wednesday 7 September, 2011

I just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’. WOW! I am a college grad, and taught for 35 years, so I’m not ignorant, but I learned so much from your book about the factors leading up to WWI, and all the ramifications. What a book. I can’t wait to read the second book of the trilogy! Thank you so much for the great writing.

United States

From: Diana Kopeva
Sent: Saturday 10 September, 2011

‘Fall of Giants’ is marvellous! The complexity of the characters is incredible – they are so real and earth-born, driven by contradictory inner forces. The historic processes and political figures were masterfully knitted with the history of five families. With great impatience I expect the second part of the trilogy!


From: Tirza Bari Bari Siton
Sent: Saturday 10 September, 2011

I’m from Israel and I am reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. This is the best book I’ve read recently and I’m going to read all your books.


From: Alanah Sanche
Sent: Monday 12 September, 2011

I absolutely adore reading your novels! Every one is unique in it’s own way, and I can just never seem to get enough. I love the depth you give your characters, they’ve remained fresh in my mind even years after I’ve read their stories. Thank you so much.


From: Andres Morales
Sent: Monday 12 September, 201

I became a ‘Follett Fanatic’ in 1995 after a friend gave me her ‘Pillars of the Earth’ paperback edition. At the time both were finishing architectural school so a novel about the construction of a cathedral was something that I had to read.

United States

From: Sue Estep
Sent: Tuesday 13 September, 2011

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have been a reader of your books since around 1980. Probably because of your subject matter I thought you were much older than you are. I thought you probably fought in World War II. When ‘Fall of Giants’ came out and was to be the first book in a trilogy I was worried about your age and being able to complete the books. So I looked you up and was astounded that you were born in 1949. Your books were so realistic that I assumed you lived through World war II. So thank you for many years of great books and I hope to have many more years of reading your future books.

United States

From: Margaret Bower
Sent: Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Have just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’ so perhaps I will now be able to get on with all my household tasks which are stacking up. Once I got started I just couldn’t put it down. I know it is a novel but have learnt so much about this period in history which I hadn’t realised before. Can’t wait for the 2nd in the trilogy!

United Kingdom

From: Kirk Caine
Sent: Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Enid Blyton was my favorite author as a young ’un. Now at 39 yrs of age, after reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’several times since release. Then now ‘Fall of Giants’ – Ken Follett is added to my small list of favorite authors. Well done. Looking extremely forward to the next Century book.


From: Nancy Yamout
Sent: Friday 16 September, 2011

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just finished reading ‘A Place called Freedom’ and I enjoyed it till the last page. Since I have already read your latest two novels plus ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, now I keep searching for your old books whenever I find one either in Lebanon or in Qatar. What I enjoy most in your books are the unexpected events and surprises, also the characters you create. Never enjoyed reading as I do when reading your books. Note: every time I want to give a gift to a friend or relative, it’s always ‘The Pillars of the Earth’.


From: Lee Russell
Sent: Sunday 18 September, 2011

Mr. Follett – I am a fan of yours, having read ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’ and just now ‘Fall of Giants’. I was really hooked on the separate yet interwoven stories of your main characters in this last one. I can hardly wait for the next two of your trilogy. ‘Fall of Giants’ is particularly good for building up arm muscles in an old lady, too. I see from your list below that I’ve read many more of your books, but long ago. Thanks for your works.

United States

From: Christine Bloom
Sent: Wednesday 21 September, 2011

I’m looking forward to the sequel to ‘Fall of Giants’ — your book was one of the few novels that my husband (a non-fiction reader) has read and he thoroughly enjoyed.

I love your website especially the Masterclass part. I wish I’d read it before I started writing my novel. But it’s not too late for me to write that outline and see if what I’ve written falls into place.

United States

From: Barry
Sent: Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Thank you so much for taking the time to create your writing Masterclass. You’ll never know how much you’ve encouraged this aspiring writer to begin writing seriously, after years of prevarication!

Thank you again.

From: Christine Denton
Sent: Wednesday 21 September, 2011

You are my favourite author… I really don’t read many books other than yours! Just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and can’t wait for the next part to come out. Congratulations on being such a fabulous writer. I too was born in 1949 and I must say, you look a lot better than I do!!!!


From: Jason Nolan
Sent: Saturday 24 September, 2011

Thank you for remaining so ambitious. It seems that many popular fiction writers settle into a pattern, or take on writing ‘partners’ after achieving a lot of success. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy and thank you for taking on such a big project for your fans.

United States

From: Sue Becker
Sent: Sunday 25 September, 2011

Hello Ken,
I have only recently discovered your books and am recommending them to my friends. I first read ‘Fall of Giants’. I opened it when browsing in a book store – read the opening paragraph and knew it would be a great read. I was not wrong. I have just read ‘The Eye of the Needle’, again a great read. Thank you.


From: Emma Jones
Sent: Tuesday 27 September, 2011

Dear Mr Follett,
I wanted to tell you that ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is the best book I have ever read, I thought the TV series was good but the book blew me away! I was late to work several times that week when I read it, I literally could not put the book down.

United Kingdom

From: Gretchen Brell-Schroeder
Sent: Wednesday 28 September, 2011

Hi Ken, I just finished ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and I have to tell you it was the best book I have read in a long time. In fact, I was sorry to finish it! I visited Italy for the first time two years ago and was blown away by the Cathedrals and it was so interesting to learn how the builders did it. Anyway, GREAT read and I will start’World Without End’ soon

United States

From: Oloruntoba Oluwafunk
Sent: Wednesday 28 September, 2011

Dear Mr Follett,

God, you are such a wonderful writer. ‘Code to Zero’ was your first novel I ever read and I just couldn’t drop the novel until the last page. Recently I just came across one of your novel again ‘Jackdaws’ and so in love. I can’t lay my hands on your other novels due to my location. Love to hear from you.


From: Debbie Flowers
Sent: Friday 30 September, 2011

For as long as I can remember, my absolute favorite book was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Having just completed ‘Fall of Giants’, I now have two absolute favorites. I cannot wait for the 2nd book in the trilogy! Thank you for writing fantastic books. Best wishes for you and yours.

United States

From: Joyce Coates
Sent: Friday 30 September, 2011

When I bought ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I immediately went and bought ‘World without End’. These two books were amazing. They are the only books I have EVER reread and I read them both twice in under a year. Thanks for the journey.


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