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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: Lorna Blaney
Sent: Sunday 1 January, 2012

I love reading your books and I have no favorite. I have read ‘Fall of Giants’ twice. I am waiting for the next in the series. It is a great way to learn about the things I should have learned in school. I hope one day to write my own fiction book.


From: Alex Edwards
Sent: Monday 2 January, 2012

I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your books. I got into you by accident almost, when watching ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ mini-series and then going on to read the book. I have since read the sequel, ‘Fall of Giants’, and numerous others back to back. As a 47-year-old English teacher, I am not lost for something to read now, as I am happily making my way at random through the Ken Follett collection.

Just wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude, for providing the world with an alternative to ‘Call of Duty’ and electronic stimulation.

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From: David Moore
Sent: Monday 2 January, 2012

I don’t have a question for you, but I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate your work. I have all of your novels in paperback, but I am currently hunting for hardcover copies to add to my library. I am anticipating your follow-up to ‘Fall of Giants’, which I intend to read for the third time before I start part two. All that to say that I love the way you write, and I have become an enormous fan. Thanks for entertaining us all!


From: Kurt Cook
Sent: Tuesday 3 January, 2012

I just finished reading ‘World Without End’ and it was fantastic. I generally have little time for recreational reading, but your writing style makes it so easy to digest the pages. My upbringing on a dairy farm along with my mother’s hobby of raising Arabian horses made it easy for me to feel like I was transported back in time and living along side your characters. I had read your ‘Pillars’ saga about a year ago and was happy to once again experience the lives of the good people of Kingsbridge. The one historical fact that had originally bothered me was your references to ‘corn’, which I knew was not introduced to Europe until at least after 1492. But, I see that you have already covered that in your ‘Errors & Omissions’ section. I have also recently read ‘Fall of Giants’ and look forward to your next instalment of this trilogy. Thank you for writing such wonderful literature.

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From: Catherine Johnson
Sent: Wednesday 4 January, 2012

Thank you for ‘Fall of Giants’. I’m 53, had a passion for history all my life and never saw WWI as expressed in your book. The books I have read of this time period never truly expressed the human side of the war… outside of the soldiers themselves. Never the families. I’m breathlessly waiting for ‘Winter of the World’.

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From: Cheryl Price
Sent: Thursday 5 January, 2012

I have read all of your books – some several times! I am on page 640 of ‘Fall of Giants’ and find it very difficult to put down!!! Thank you for another fantastic book, I now understand the background to World War I. Eagerly await the next in trilogy. Best regards,

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From: Joy Poynton
Sent: Friday 6 January, 2012

I love your work and I have read all of your books. Today I finished ‘Fall of Giants’…. wow! I just love it. I can not wait for the second book. Keep on writing and keeping me on the edge of my seat.

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From: Tom Chalmers
Sent: Saturday 7 January, 2012

Dear Mr Follett
I have literally just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. I received the hardback version for Christmas 2010 but kept putting reading it off until I thought it was the right time to treat myself. My, what a wonderfully woven tale, full of great history and excellent characters. I like the fact that you have strong female characters in your novels. Rarely does a story move me, but I found myself emotional and barely able to breath when I read the section where the telegram boy was going from door to door in the street in Aberowen delivering the dreadful news with everyone standing on their doorstep willing him to pass by their door. Stunning. I look forward to the second and third parts of your trilogy to see what happens. Thank you so much for giving me such a special read.

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From: Irina Zorina
Sent: Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am so grateful to you for your novels! Since I’ve first opened your book, my life became brighter than ever. I haven’t yet read all your books, but I am looking forward to it and still feel myself lucky that I have some very tasty reading ahead! My best regards from Moscow, Russia! God bless you and please stay healthy and best luck to you in what you’re doing.


From: Melinda Nader
Sent: Thursday 12 January, 2012

I just finished ‘Whiteout’ and I must say, it was super! It would make a terrific movie. Has it, by any chance, been one and I missed it? I could not put it down, it was edge of the seat incredibly tense and the end was nice. I like happy endings. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read several of your books and am going to look for some of your others. May you have many, many successful years of writing.

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From: Sharon Wooller
Sent: Thursday 12 January, 2012

Hi. I just wanted to say a big big ‘thank you’ for providing me with the best book I’ve ever read in ‘Fall of Giants’. I had the book handed to me from a lady whilst abroad and finishing the ‘Millennium’ saga books. I put it to one side when I came home and picked up eventually in November last year. Oh my goodness! I could not put it down, but more than just the amazing way you wove the storyline between classes and continents it was the way you explained the change in the social structure and the fabric of Britain during and after the war. I have been truly blown away! I have now picked up your ‘Pillars of the Earth’ (to keep me going until you bring out the next in the trilogy) and I am thoroughly enjoying that too (who would have thought a book about cathedral building! and when visiting Bath this weekend past made me look at the beautiful abbey there in a new light!) thank you again for your wonderful, wonderful writing.

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From: Andreas Pack-Zambelli
Sent: Saturday 14 January, 2012

Today I finished ‘Fall of Giants’. That’s one of the best books I ever read. It’s an unbelievable description of the history of the first world war. Thanks for it. I learned more than I ever learned at school.


From: Dave Johnson
Sent: Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. Maybe your best book yet. Thought after ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ that this one might be a let-down. I was wrong. Looking forward to ‘Winter of the World’.

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From: Darlene Kemp
Sent: Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Just finished another of your books ‘A Place Called Freedom’ and have to write to say thank you for sharing your gift of writing with me and the world. I have enjoyed every one of your books I have read (many) and am so impressed by how diverse your writing is. So many authors can only put out the same thing book after book. It is refreshing to always be intrigued by your books in a different way. I like too many of the list below to choose a favorite.


From: Mary McCready
Sent: Wednesday 25 January, 2012

I just finished watching the mini-series ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and thought it was absolutely wonderful!! I missed it on TV so decided to buy the DVD set. I saw you in the movie!! Great acting! I›m hoping that ‘World Without End’ will be made into a movie as well. These are my all time favorite books. I’m now reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and enjoying it very much. Thank you!

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From: Ingvild Engebakken Bergli
Sent: Thursday 26 January, 2012

I wrote to you a little while ago, telling you that I was writing an assignment on ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in my Norwegian course. I have got the task back now, and I got a 5 (which is the second best you can get here in Norway). In addition, I just thought I could say that my Norwegian teacher now has become a huge fan of your work as well :)


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