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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: Karl Niebuhr
Sent: Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Hi there Ken,
Just a quick message of thanks from a great fan of yours. I purchased your new book ‘Fall of Giants’ last weekend and haven’t been able to put it down. You are truly an exceptional author, and have given me lots of joy and entertainment these past few years. It is a pity we are so far apart, as I would love to meet one of the greatest authors I have ever read. Please keep up the good work; I can’t wait for the new book!

South Africa

From: David Bird
Sent: Wednesday 2 November, 2011

I have just read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World without End’ back to back. They were amazing and I couldn’t put either down. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ may well be the best book I have ever read. Not sure how I am going to cope with waiting until 2014 for the next one. I am going to check out your other work while I wait.

Many, many thanks for creating such a wonderful set of characters and bringing Kingsbridge to life.

United Kingdom

From: Joyce Trask
Sent: Saturday 5 November, 2011

Ken Follett…
I am a fan. I recently entered semi-retirement and suddenly have the time to read. I have devoured ‘Whiteout’, ‘Pillars of the Earth’, and ‘World Without End’ and am about to embark on a journey through all of your books. You keep writing and I will keep reading.


From: Julia Wilkinson
Sent: Monday 7 November, 2011

Hello Ken,
I have just finished your book ‘Fall of Giants’. I think it is one of the best books ever and I could not put it down. My only complaint is the weight of it, hard to read in bed as if one dozed off it could inflict a nasty injury. However I am looking forward to the next two books in the series no matter the weight. Thanks for a wonderful read.

Kind regards

From: Lisa Tunney
Sent: Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am passionate about reading and equally passionate about thanking an author for their work. I first read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ twenty years ago, which I absolutely loved — and just when I thought it couldn’t be topped, ‘World Without End’ came along and I simply couldn’t put it down. I recently finished ‘Fall of Giants’, which was also superb.

As a lifelong history buff, I am thrilled when a new book set somewhere in the past plops into my lap. I very much appreciate the amount of research you must have to do for these books, as well as the time you put in for plotting out every nuance of your stories.

Thank you again and I look forward to reading your new book next year. Sending many best wishes your way,
United States

From: Wes Hansen
Sent: Wednesday 9 November, 2011

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am currently about two thirds through, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. What a brilliant tale, and masterfully written! I’ve been so engrossed in reading it that I fear my fiancé is feeling neglected. I must confess that I have a tendency to go through life with blinders on, and I’d never heard of you before. Now I have that rare excitement that comes when discovering a previously unknown treasure. I want to thank you in advance for the many hours of pleasure I anticipate as I read your other novels.

With gratitude,
United States

From: Jann Dziedzic-Valadez
Sent: Thursday 10 November, 2011

I have been a fan of yours for years. I have read all your books many times over. You are the most entertaining writer ever. Your web site is wonderful ! I love being able to read your biography and also see what you are reading now. The quiz part was amazing, it made me realize how memorable the first line of a book can be. Well done!
Thanks for all the joy you have brought to my life!

United States

From: Hans Hoewt
Sent: Sunday 13 November, 2011

I used to read a lot, but then lost interest. Now that I’m retired I decided to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’… which i purchased many years ago, but never read. Once I started I couldn’t put it down. I then decided to read ‘World without End’ and again i could not put it down. I’ve also read some of your earlier books… ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘Night over Water’, ‘A Place called Freedom’, ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. Your books a are joy to read!!!! Thank you for gift to those of us who struggle with just writing a letter.

United States

From: Laura Klindt Nielsen
Sent: Sunday 13 November, 2011

Dear Ken,
I am currently reading ‘Fall of Giants’, only pausing to write this message to you. I absolutely adore your work! It makes me laugh, cry, throw the book away in anger or simply love. What exquisite insights you have in the minds of human beings, and in the history of the world. The love between Maud and Walter is wonderful, and so is the description of Christmas Day 1914. Have you seen Joyeux Nöel? Your passage is very close to the feel in that movie. I read “The Children’s Book” by A.S. Byatt just before ‘Fall of Giants’ and thought it fitted quite well, chronologically.

I will also say, I have loved ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ for many years, as have the rest of my family. Thank you for writing all these delightful stories – I look very much forward to the next ones :-)


From: Joel Scott
Sent: Monday 14 November, 2011

I teach a marketing course for writers and often use you as an example of how to do everything right. :)

United States

From: Barbara Momm
Sent: Monday 14 November, 2011

Below you ask which book I enjoyed most. Golly, as I read each one, it was my favorite. Because they are all different in their own ways, I can’t decide on a favorite. Perhaps it is that YOU are my favorite author! Thanks for the hours of enjoyment you have provided me.

United States

From: Barry Bradshaw
Sent: Monday 14 November, 2011

At 74 years of age I have only just discovered your books in the last 12 months, I first read ‘Jackdaws’ and was hooked! have only 2 left to find then I will have all you have written. Cannot wait for your next one, regards,

United Kingdom

From: Allison Bartholomew
Sent: Thursday 17 November, 2011

I absolutely loved ‘Fall of Giants’, it is without a doubt one of my favorite books! I can not wait to read the others in the series when they come out. All of your books are extremely enjoyable because I am a huge history person so these books are right up alley. Thanks and keep up the great job!

United States

From: Richard Bailey
Sent: Sunday 20 November, 2011

Hi Ken,
If it’s not asking too much, will you please hurry up with ‘Winter of the World?’ I’m almost done with ‘Fall of Giants’ and will soon be looking for #2 in the series. Excellent story – thanks.

Best regards,

United States

From: David Carney
Sent: Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Hi Ken,
I e-mailed you last year to tell you how much I loved ‘World Without End’ and you had asked me at that time if I had read ‘Fall of Giants’. I hadn’t, but I just finished it and it was even better than ‘World Without End’! What a great read! You are truly amazing, in that you are able to write such long novels yet keep the pages moving. Your books are easy to read but intelligent at the same time. Thanks for providing such great entertainment and "bang for the buck" – I can’t wait for either the third from the first trilogy of the second from the second. Thanks again,

United States

From: Suzan
Sent: Sunday 27 November, 2011

I just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and enjoyed it so much that I wish it had been 1 000 pages longer. Your books on World War II have always been among my favorites of your publications and now this book about World War I joins my favorites list. I can hardly wait to read ‘Winter of the World’ and also the final volume of ‘The Century Trilogy’.

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