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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: Joseph Horan
Sent: Friday 1 June, 2012

I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and went to your web site to find out when the next in the trilogy will be available. You are no doubt my favorite author, I have read every on of your books with great pleasure. I can’t wait for ‘Winter of the World’. Thanks for the many hours of reading pleasure.

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From: Sharon Dooley
Sent: Monday 4 June, 2012

I want to tell you how impressed I am with your books and the fact that they are historically accurate. I like that you don’t “explain” all the little nuances of a time period, you simply include them, assuming the reader has a clue. I usually don’t read much fiction (I like non-fiction history), but your books have been a joy! I will always recommend them and look forward to future books!

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From: Debora Morgan
Sent: Wednesday 6 June, 2012

My sons and I have enjoyed reading and discussing your recent historical novels. My sons live far away from me and it has brought us closer together. Thank you so much…

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From: Robert Jolicoeur
Sent: Thursday 7 June, 2012

Mr Follett,
Winter nights in New Hampshire are long and cold but once I crawl into one of your books I live each and every page. I already have your latest book on order and only need four more of your books have your complete library. I thank you for allowing me to be the end results of your God-given talents.

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From: Taoufik Belaidi
Sent: Friday 8 June, 2012

Hi M. Follett,
So far, I have read six of your books, and I found all of them very interesting, not only for the importance of their subjects but also for the quality of your style that makes the one fall in love with the English language.
I’m fond of English and I consider writing good texts in this language one day. I even dream of becoming a novelist writing in English.


From: Emily Bowmer
Sent: Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Mr. Follett,
I just finished reading ‘Whiteout’. It took me two days to read. I could not put it down! It was fantastic! I have not read a book that quickly in a few years. It was hooked from the first sentence. I am a microbiologist, and books involving bio-hazardous viruses are always a favorite. It was so well written. I loved all the characters, and the story was simply wonderful. I have recommended it to so many people. I wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I truly enjoyed. I am looking forward to starting the Century Trilogy. Thank you for writing such amazing stories!

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From: Alex Chabot
Sent: Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Hi there! I’m in the process of reading your entire library of books. Needless to say, you are my absolute favorite author. I’m currently in the middle of ‘Hammer of Eden’, and loving every part of it!

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From: Ben Warner
Sent: Friday 15 June, 2012

Ken, thanks for writing some amazing books. I started with ‘The Key to Rebecca’ and listened to ‘Pillars’ on audio. ‘Pillars’ was very special to me and I can’t really explain why. It was the right book at the right time for me. I plan on reading ‘World without End’ first chance I get. Thanks you very much for awakening parts of mind that I didn’t know existed.

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From: Vanessa Berjat
Sent: Friday 15 June, 2012

I’ve just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. Thank you for writing such a captivating book! There are so many levels in your book: love story, historical, political, psychological. I especially enjoy your insight into human nature. I can’t wait for the sequel.


From: Ciarán Wogan
Sent: Monday 18 June, 2012

Mr Follett
I’m just writing to say how truly brilliant your writing is. Everything I’ve read of yours has just completely wonderful and I can’t wait to read ‘Winter Of The World’. In 100 years I think English classes will be studying your works and, if not, they should be.

Keep up the fantastic work (please),


From: Min
Sent: Wednesday 20 June, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
You have ruined my life, and the lives of so many others. For Christmas my best friend gave me ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I thanked her gratefully, pretending to be enthusiastic, all the while thinking “Great, it’s HUGE and it has tiny little writing, and because a friend gave it to me I am actually going to have to read this damned thing”. Months later, I started reading it.

And my life stopped. I did nothing — no washing, no cleaning, no activities of daily living. I quite literally could not put this book down. As soon as I finished it, I went out and purchased ‘World Without End’. Initially, feeling a little bit disappointed that my favourite people had now been dead for several centuries.

I work in a high acuity intensive care unit in Sydney – and most unfortunately, sorry to my patients, I am too concerned about those dying of the plague to worry about trifles such as opiate overdoses, cardiac infarctions and cerebral hemorrhages. So you are now responsible for the total neglect of critically unwell people…

It seems quite apparent to me that you CLEARLY have nothing to do, so can you PLEASE write another Kingsbridge story? I have to know what happens to this cathedral and why, in 2012, it doesn’t exist. The excuse that it is purely fictional is obviously a total fabrication! What happened to it to make it disappear?!?! Which wicked Earl of Shiring or hideous bishop led to its ruin and demise?

Please finish this wonderful story, or I shall die with half a soul (and not the good half)!!


From: Cynthia Marconi
Sent: Thursday 21 June, 2012

Just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ after it sat on my nightstand for over a year. I bought it on Oprah’s recommendation, but knew next to nothing about the story. I had scads of things to read that I deemed more urgent at the time. When dear friends exclaimed, “What a you doing? You must read this book,” I finally picked it up, and had to force myself to put it down to do other things such as go to work, eat, and sleep! I relished it! Thank you very much for an experience I’ll never forget. My husband and I also watched the DVD version of the mini-series. We enjoyed that as well, but I feel the book experience was light years better! Thank you, and please let me know what else you have in the works!

Best regards
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From: Lucia Davies
Sent: Monday 25 June, 2012

Just wanted to tell you that I’ve read ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’, and cannot wait to read the continuation of the story. Seriously, these rumors that the world is ending on 12/12/12 have me mad as hell because if it does, I won’t get to read your third installment!

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From: Panacea Cruden
Sent: Monday 25 June, 2012

My mum recommended ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ to me as I love to read. I would like to say that although I am only 400 pages in, it is one of the best books I have ever read. You tell a story wonderfully! I look forward to finishing the book and the sequels. The only problem is that I am due to sit my second year university exams this week and have got limited revision done as I just cannot bring myself to put the book down for more than a few hours. Nevertheless, thank you so so much from bringing this story into the world, it has been a pleasure to read. :)

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From: Brian Naylor
Sent: Thursday 28 June, 2012

I was given ‘The Eye of the Needle’ to read last year. I couldn’t put it down ! The BEST novel I had ever read, or so I thought at that time, before I picked up other novels written by you ie ‘Night over Water’, ‘Jackdaws’, ’Hornet Flight’, ‘Fall of Giants’, etc I find I am HOOKED and look forward to eventually catching up with all the ones I have missed up to date. The structures of your stories are superb & keep the reader enveloped, obviously, lots of research pre writing. Many thanks for what I have read up to now, and look forward to getting to grips with future novels that come out.

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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