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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: Pamela Pretorius
Sent: Wednesday 2 May, 2012

I have just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’. It was amazing!!! I cannot wait to read the follow-up books in the Century trilogy. I must admit it is the first of your books I have read and I am now converted to your writing. Thanks for the pleasure you have given me. Off to order ‘Winter of the World’.

South Africa

From: Gene O Jameson
Sent: Friday 4 May, 2012

Mr. Follett,
My cousin and I exchange books. He gave me ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and it lay around for several weeks before I had time to read anything. I picked your book up and began with the hanging scene. I was captivated. As I mentioned I did not have time to do much reading. Alas, you upset my life. I cancelled everything that I could and went to sleep late and got up early to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Finally, at the last few pages I discovered the answer to the hanging mystery. (I never read the back of a book first.)

You blessed me with an enjoyment that only comes from a well-told tale.

United States

From: Edie Clark
Sent: Saturday 5 May, 2012

I just started reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and was swept away by the time I finished the prologue. It is the first of your books I’ve read, as I’ve never been drawn to thrillers. Now I feel that perhaps much of contemporary and classic literature could benefit from even a fraction of the thrills in your prologue. Thanks!

PS: Though ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ [by Charles Dickens] was uber thrilling.

United States

From: Itamar Keret
Sent: Saturday 5 May, 2012

‘Fall of Giants’ is one of the best & most enjoyable books I ever read. THANK YOU.


From: JoAnn Arnold
Sent: Saturday 5 May, 2012

Your novels are addictive. I found ‘Pillars’ in my collection of books a long time ago and didn’t know where it came from. Wasn’t the kind of book I would buy and didn’t read it right away. Could never put it out of my mind and recently bought ‘World Without End’. Now I’m eager to read all of you…

United States

From: Flávio Brandespim
Sent: Monday 7 May, 2012

Hello Ken,
I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and almost had a heart attack when I discovered I had to wait until the end of 2012 to read the next. A truly amazing book! The book is well written and as soon as I started reading I was totally immersed in the universe of Ethel, Walter, Maud, Gus, Billy and all the others. I’ll miss the characters when the trilogy ends.


From: Margarida Faria
Sent: Thursday 10 May, 2012

Mr Follett,
I really would like to thank you for the amazing novels that you offer to us, readers. I can’t wait for the next book of the trilogy because the first book, ‘Fall of Giants’, was really stupendous. It is an incredible perspective of the 20th century. Don’t stop writing and enlightening the world.


From: Dave Heron
Sent: Friday 11 May, 2012

Having been a fan of your writing for many years, I’m now halfway through ‘Fall of Giants’ and am discovering it to be one of the most fascinating pieces of literature I’ve encountered in my 63 years on the planet. Exceptional doesn’t even begin to describe this piece. All the best to you.


From: Jane Essig
Sent: Tuesday 15 May, 2012

Hello Mr. Follett,
I have enjoyed reading your books for many years. I was Googling the internet to find the second part of the Century trilogy, and came across your website. I look forward to reading ‘The Winter of the World’ when it comes out in the US.

In the question “Which of my novels have you enjoyed most?” I chose ‘Jackdaws’, although it was hard to choose just one!

United States

From: Sara Donovan
Sent: Wednesday 16 May, 2012

Hi Ken, I could qualify as president of your fan club. I look forward to ‘Winter of the World’. I “read” ‘Fall of Giants’ and consider it one of my best reading experiences. Since I plan to listen to it as an audio book I thought that I would strongly encourage you to use John Lee again and again. His voice and reading style is exquisite.

Thank you for your gift of writing. I wish you a long, healthy life full of joy, peace, new books, and people with whom to share love.

Your fan,
United States

From: Varda Kahalany
Sent: Wednesday 16 May, 2012

After reading ‘World without End’ I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and now I am in the middle of ‘Fall of Giants’. I intend to read all your books and I want you to know that you are a GREAT writer. I never liked history but when I read your books I just can’t put them down and when it happens I keep on thinking about the characters and jump on every free minute I have to get back reading…

The way you describe events, relationships and people is so “live” and so true that I almost can feel as I am one of the characters in the book. Since reading your books, not only I am looking differently on the history but I also developed a deep self awareness at such a degree that it changed things in my life. I am grateful that i had the opportunity to be exposed to your books and just know that people like you are changing the world for better. THANK YOU !!!!

United States

From: Georgina Moon
Sent: Saturday 19 May, 2012

I’ve only recently started reading your books and just wanted to tell you now much I am enjoying them. I actually picked up ‘The Man from St Petersburg’ at a book swap in the south of France (my husband and I live aboard our boat and are currently in Sardinia en route to Greece) and then thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Third Twin’. I am currently half way through ‘Night Over Water’ and can’t wait to find out what happens in the end!

Anyway, I have never left a message for an author before, and just wanted to say thanks for writing such great books!

United Kingdom

From: Ben Goren
Sent: Tuesday 22 May, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
Many years ago I read ‘Eye of the Needle’ and enjoyed it a lot. Now I’m reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (translated) and I’m afraid my English is not good enough to describe how much I enjoy it. Of course I’ll continue with ‘World Without End’.

Thanks and all the best,


From: Karla Scott
Sent: Wednesday 23 May, 2012

I am so glad I discovered you years ago. I found ‘The Third Twin’ in a discount bin and fell in love and had to look you up. I purchased several books after that and ‘Pillars’ became my favorite. I have reread several of my favorites over and over. You have such a way of writing characters that you get to know and either love or hate. You are amazing and I wish I could meet you in person.

United States

From: ‘OJ’ Adkins
Sent: Monday 28 May, 2012

What a gift you have received. I did not think that ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ or ‘World Without End’ could be topped. I’ve been proven wrong… again. I just finished ‘Giants’ and may not be able to wait for the 2nd book in the series. I absolutely love reading your books. My imagination has not worked like this since high school. Thanx a million.

United States

From: Emil Lendorf
Sent: Wednesday 30 May, 2012

I have just finished, ‘Fall Of Giants’ and had send a note of thanks. You are by far one of the best authors I have read, this book put me into the shoes of each of your characters and was very difficult to put down. This is now the fifth book I have read by you, the master storyteller, and I can’t wait until Sept. 18th for the release of the second book of this trilogy, i guess I’ll read some of your titles I’ve missed until then. Keep up the outstanding work.


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