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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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I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…

From: Alf Gimbel
Sent: Thursday 1 March, 2012

Loved ‘Pillars of the Earth’, enjoyed ‘World Without End’ even more but ‘Fall of Giants’ was outstanding. Can’t wait for the second in the trilogy to come out in September. My all time favorite is still ‘Eye of the Needle’.
United States

From: Michael Lauritzen
Sent: Friday 2 March, 2012

I’ve read most of your novels, starting with ‘Eye of the Needle’ many years ago; enjoyed every one. When I first saw ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ on the bookshelf, my first thought was ‘What the hell is this? Follett writes thrillers.’ Needless to say, I was shocked at how utterly excellent this book was, very possibly the best, most absorbing novel I have ever read. Then I think I enjoyed ‘World Without End’ even more.

United States

From: Sarah Burch
Sent: Saturday 3 March, 2012

Your books are like candy (or drugs) for the mind. Very addictive! My favorites are ‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. ‘Pillars’ is one of my top ten favorites ever. Please continue to use your talent to provide fans like me with more material. I just bought ‘Fall of Giants’ and it won’t take me long to devour it so stop reading emails and get on with writing the next one (joking)! I think one of the characters in ‘Jackdaws’ was based on a transexual history teacher I once had…

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From: DJ Sheppard
Sent: Monday 5 March, 2012

Just want to be among the many that tip their hat to you. Just read ‘Fall Of Giants’ and it is an excellent read. The research and assemblage must have been painstaking. I thank you for your hard work and look forward eagerly to ‘Winter Of The World’. In the interim, am reading the book you wrote at age 27.
From a frustrated writer.

DJ Sheppard

From: Susan
Sent: Wednesday 7 March, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
‘Pillars of the Earth’ is one of the best books I have ever read. Thank you for really putting all of yourself into this amazing novel. You have a way of drawing the reader in (as other readers have said, I felt like I was in a fog between my own life and the events in the lives of the characters).

I read this book as I was going through a very difficulty part of my life and I feel that the novel helped me. I began to see that life has many twists and that I should hold on to what I know is good and just and not give in to weakness or deception. I am a stronger person because of the lessons learned in ‘Pillars.’ Thank you so much! You are the master craftsman of writing!

United States

From: Bonita Delooper
Sent: Friday 9 March, 2012

I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and loved it! I am so looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. I have enjoyed many of your novels, and in fact, as I was reading ‘Fall of Giants’, I was also listening to ‘A Place Called Freedom’ whenever I was in my car. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.


From: Tracey Rees
Sent: Saturday 10 March, 2012

Dear Ken,
I just had to find your website and write to you to say how much I enjoy your books,particularly ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’, the latter of which I have just finished! I was so upset when I came to the end! What will I do now? I am totally lost and will wait with bated breath for your next book. I just adore them!

Thank you so much,
United Kingdom

From: Peter Munday
Sent: Sunday 11 March, 2012

Dear Ken,
I finished ‘Fall of Giants’ this morning and just have to say ‘thank you’ for writing such wonderful tales. I have not yet read all of your works but hopefully will be able to work my way through the list!


From: Tais Bonatti
Sent: Sunday 11 March, 2012

Ken, I just finished ‘World Without End’ and I just want to thank you! This is really a beautiful novel, I just loved! I just will not read it again at this time because I want to begin ‘Fall of Giants’. Your major themes are the ones I like most. Thank you for give us those beautiful books. Greetings from Brazil!


From: Richard Andrews
Sent: Sunday 11 March, 2012

My dear Ken,
I’ve just now been able to see the ‘Pillars’ video, and I’ll no doubt watch it again, just like I’ve re-read the book. Great acting and you are there, just like the book. Also, I’m also pleased to hear that ‘World’ is also being made into a movie. Keep ’em coming!

Your devoted fan,
United States

From: Barbara Bicknell
Sent: Friday 16 March, 2012

I finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’ this past weekend. What an extraordinary gift you have. I learned more from you about WWI and the blinding madness of it all than I did in any history class. The character of Walter stays with me the most. Thanks for the happy endings.

‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World without End’ are so enthralling. Loved the ending of ‘World without End’. There is poetry in your fiction. It is so satisfying to read great literature.

United States

From: Brian Preece
Sent: Friday 16 March, 2012

Dear Ken
I originally read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ because I am very interested in cathedrals — when the rest of the population was living in mud huts, these amazing structures were built, most of which still stand today. I was so pleased that as well as feeding my ‘cathedral’ habit, it was also an engrossing read. However, ‘Fall of Giants’ surpassed even that. Not only was it meticulously researched and filled in for me lots of gaps in my knowledge, especially about the origins of the First World War, but it was so even-handed, giving well-rounded characters to all sides, and good and bad on all sides as well. Can’t wait for the sequel.

United Kingdom

From: Marc Tepe
Sent: Saturday 17 March, 2012

I am almost done with ‘Fall of Giants’ and its a fast read (which in my house means its a good book).
As I was reading the book, I actually looked up information regarding the Zimmerman telegram regarding Mexico. I had no idea and I was really fascinated.

United States

From: Damien Muldoon
Sent: Monday 19 March, 2012

I’ve just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and I have to congratulate you on writing one of the finest historical novels I have ever read. Your ability to come at WWI and the Russian Revolution from so many angles is breathtaking. Can’t wait for the follow up in the autumn.

Good luck

From: Nancy
Sent: Monday 26 March, 2012

Your book ‘Fall of Giants’ was absolutely wonderful. I read it on a cruise and literally couldn’t put it down. I sat on the cruise ship in Jamaica, with a cocktail and read literally hundreds of pages in the shade with a beautiful ocean breeze while others baked in the sun! I can’t believe I have to wait until September for the next book, I am a teacher and once school starts I have no time to read for leisure, I will have to wait until Christmas break to devour the book!

United States

From: Megan Holland
Sent: Thursday 29 March, 2012

I thought I would tell you a tale that involves ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and how it successfully scraped my life together in order to thank you for writing it.

I read ‘Pillars’ a few years ago now after being given a battered copy by my grandad, and since have had a bit of an obsession with cathedrals — I can’t keep out of them. Therefore when an opportunity arose to be a guide at Manchester Cathedral I believed that I may have found a way to engage my passion and applied to volunteer.
I got an interview and spend the entirety of it talking about my love for cathedrals and eventually referenced your novel, saying that it helped me to recognise characteristics of the cathedral as well as sparking my interest. I went on to explain how the stories behind cathedrals are what fascinate me the most, and the interviewer was so pleased that she offered me a research position writing new tours for the cathedral!

So I would like to say thank you for writing such a wonderful book, because it has potentially given me an idea for what I want to do with my life.

United Kingdom

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