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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: Craig Coursey
Sent: Sunday 1 July, 2012

I have been a fan of your novels for years and now I find that you play a mean bass and sing in a band. Very impressed.

Craig
United States


From: Suravi Sarkar
Sent: Monday 2 July, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
I had read ‘Fall of Giants’ within a few months of its release and it had gripped me unlike any novel I have ever read. I have been looking forward to the second book ever since and I can hardly wait for it now! Looking forward to ‘Winter of The World’ to be published soon! Thank you so much for writing such brilliant books.
Yours sincerely

Suravi
India


From: Dwight Stewart
Sent: Saturday 7 July, 2012

I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your writing over the years. I’ve read almost every one of your books and can honestly say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all! Each book has left me wanting the story to continue. I have been impatiently waiting for ‘Winter of the World’ since finishing ‘Fall of Giants’. Thanks for so many wonderful hours of entertainment and education. I love historical fiction and you have done this so well in all your books. Below you asked which of your books I have enjoyed most but that’s almost an impossible request! I loved ‘Eye of the Needle’ as that was the first book I read, but I choose ‘Fall of Giants’ as that just so incredibly good and recent!

Dwight
Canada


From: Bronwyn Humphreys
Sent: Sunday 8 July, 2012

I thought I had finally read the most enthralling book ever ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ In fact I have re-read it twice more including ‘World Without End’. I then discovered your ‘Hornet Flight’ novel. Thank you so much for your wonderful writings. I have many yet to read and am looking forward to more late, late nights. Regards,

Bronwyn
Australia


From: Jack Manning
Sent: Monday 9 July, 2012

‘The Pillars of The Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ were two of the most satisfying books I have ever read. Until ‘Pillars’ I don’t think I ever cracked the 600 page book limit. I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ today and I am glad to see book two in the trilogy is being released this September.

Jack
United States


From: Charlotte Reynolds
Sent: Wednesday 11 July, 2012

I am a writer as well, and have been struggling recently with the desire to undertake something not yet tried. Something perhaps classical in nature. In the course of reading and viewing period pieces and BBC historical dramas for inspiration, I stumbled over Matthew Macfadyen, an actor of immeasurable talent, as I’m certain you’re aware. This led me to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Well, you know how these things go.

The miniseries led me to the novel, which led me to a fascination with the physics of cathedral construction, which led me to the attempts to save Saint Denis, which led me to Jean Gimpel, which all led to me not remembering a thing else about the past three weeks. End result: a three page synopsis for a new book, the lead character of which is inspired solely by Prior Philip of Kingsbridge.

I’d like to tell you that Philip is perhaps the greatest fictional character ever created, and when an actor like Mr. Macfadyen takes on the job or portraying him, it creates magic. I thank you for the inspiration, and a lovely bit of writing. If my attempt stretches to 900 pages, however, I may not be so thankful. :)

I look forward to reading the rest of your work, and naming you amongst my favourite authors.

Have a pleasant day.

Charlotte
United States


From: Yann Ly
Sent: Thursday 12 July, 2012

I just read one of your books for the first time and am a new fan. ‘World Without End’ was the lengthiest book that I’ve ever read but also the best! Being a slow reader I normally have a rule which is that if a book is as heavy as a dictionary (or heavier) I will not attempt to read it (aka door stoppers). But I am glad to have made an exception.

And I got hooked. I kept reading faster and faster and couldn’t help glancing past my current spot because I could not wait to find out what was going to happen to the characters such as finding out who would be the next plague victim for example. I was literally on the edge of my seat.

From now on my new book-reading weight limit is set to the Ken Follett book length limit. Thanks for helping me push my reading standards and with my English!

Yann
United States


From: Kevin Kerloff
Sent: Wednesday 18 July, 2012

OMG! I was bored and came across this book accidentally… So I’m so excited – I had to find you, something I’ve never done before. Meaning getting personal but OMG, you are good, so good. Having read ‘The Pillars of The Earth’ my mouth watered, I wanted more, I got ‘Fall of Giants’… Amazing sir. But now I’m stuck, no more of your books are available. What am I to do? I need the whole series. YOU ARE THE VERY BEST author I’ve ever read… You take me there with you! THANKS!

Kevin
Jamaica


From: Tom Labadie
Sent: Friday 20 July, 2012

Ken,
I’ve read ‘Fall of Giants’, ‘Pillars’ and just completed ‘World Without End’ earlier today. Wanted to pass along my sincere thanks to you for writing them. They were all great and I really enjoyed reading them. I can’t wait to get ‘Winter of the World’ when it comes out.

Best regards,
Tom
United States


From: Andy Martin
Sent: Thursday 26 July, 2012

Ken,
I would just like to tell you how much I have enjoyed POTE, WWE, and FOG. You’re the only author who has kept me immersed in his work, shunning TV and social events to learn what may happen to your richly developed characters.

An avid reader, I rarely recommend books to others. Only with your novels have I become the guy who incredulously asks his friends: “You haven’t read Follett?!?” Thanks for the ride.

Warm regards,
Andy
United States


From: Devon Baugh
Sent: Sunday 29 July, 2012

I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in high school as a required read and I finished it within a week. We were given over two months to finish it and my teacher and classmates were surprised that I would want to read an assigned book so quickly. I am now going into my sophomore year of college and just finished ‘World Without End’. It is the best book I have ever read and I feel as if I will not stop thinking about the characters within the book and it seems as if the world that you created is real. I feel as if I know the characters as my own friends and enemies. I want to thank you for creating books that make me feel as if I am within them. They are the greatest things I have ever read and I feel that I will feel this way about them forever. Thank you!

Devon
United States


From: David Lee
Sent: Monday 30 July, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,

I am writing with a serious complaint and accusation. You are guilty of wrecking havoc on my own productivity as a freelance writer (mostly advertising and such). First, you force me to spend an inordinate of time (much of it, admittedly, during what should be ‘business hours’ on your multiplicity of novels. You sucked me in with the historical ones. Then I began gobbling up the World War II thrillers. I thought I was done with you but then I found ‘On Wings of Eagles’.

Now I see that your web site is filled with all sorts of time-consuming, must-see goodies — from a writing master class to lectures on suspense. Looking ahead, I find that after you finish the next novel in the Century series, you’re revisiting medieval England. Is there no end to your efforts to sabotage my productivity with your ceaseless, irresistible worthsmithing?

All good wishes,
David
United States


From: Jane Marshall
Sent: Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett, I am a huge fan of your work. ‘Eye of the Needle’ was the first book of yours that I read. I believe ‘The Key to Rebecca’ was probably the second. The most enjoyable book was, of course, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. You, sir, write beautiful prose that transports one into a different world if only temporarily.

Jane
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