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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: Andrea Tomasevity
Sent: Sunday 2 September, 2012

At the moment I read your novel ‘World Without End’. This is a wonderful book, hard to put down. Thanks for your novels, without which life would be duller.

Your sincerely
Andrea
Hungary


From: Anna Accettura
Sent: Monday 3 September, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett
I’ve just read ‘Fall of Giants’, and I found it really amazing and involving, I couldn’t stop reading it. I guess it is really a great literary work. compliments! I am a teacher and surely I will suggest my pupils to read your novels.

Yours sincerely
Anna
Italy


From: Neil Macgillivray
Sent: Tuesday 4 September, 2012

Evening Ken,
Even though you’ve had thousands upon thousands of people saying the same thing, I’ll still say it. I cannot wait until ‘Winter of the World’ comes out. I was introduced to your work by a good friend of mine, through ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ onwards. Strangely, I’d got so hooked on your writing and therefore I was actively seeking it out and motoring through it, it was I that lent her ‘Fall of Giants’. I’ve been counting down the days until the next in line is published. All I can say is that it’s going to be a long fortnight.

Neil
United Kingdom


From: Troy Monger
Sent: Thursday 13 September, 2012

Ken,
I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoy your books. I’ve read both of the ‘Pillars’ books, ‘Fall of Giants’, ‘Man from St Petersburg’, and am currently on ‘Eye of the Needle’. One thing that I am continually impressed with is your ability to not only draw me into different eras, but also to leave me with the impression that I know more about that time and place than I did before. ‘Fall of Giants’ in particular is great that way! Keep up the good work!

Troy
United States


From: Melissa Brinkmann
Sent: Thursday 13 September, 2012

Pillars made me a reader when I was a high school junior (1992), and it remains my favorite book of all time! Many of my students, friends, and family members value my reading recommendations because I turned them on to your writing.
Thanks, Ken!

Melissa
United States


From: Cathy Walls
Sent: Friday 14 September, 2012

Waiting, but not patiently, for ‘Winter of the World’ to slide into my Kindle Tuesday morning. When I read ‘Fall of Giants’ I was horrified as I realized the insane reasoning behind WWI! At least I have a solid historical background for WotW! I love your historical fiction, can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to the next instalment of the Kingsbridge saga, even though the Cathedral is done.

Cathy
United States


From: Pat Hughes
Sent: Friday 14 September, 2012

Thank God, book two is FINALLY here! I have had it pre-ordered since the day I finished ‘The Fall of Giants’ for the first time two years ago. I’m a picky consumer of fiction, usually prefer bios or pure history. Your work, however, has sparked more curiosity in me about the global, political, and human truth of the times than any other work of any kind has ever done… I believe that your historical fiction could be used in the classroom to stoke the desire for further study of the time period.
Well done and thank you.

Pat
United States


From: Walter Laraus
Sent: Friday 14 September, 2012

Thanks for the ‘heads-up’ but ‘Winter’ has been on my must list since you first told us it was coming. I am clearing the literary boards to dive in as soon as I have it on my Kindle. I’m sure it will deserve all the superlatives of your other giants. As far as picking a title that I have enjoyed most? I can’t… I am an avid reader and fan of all of your work.

Walter
United States


From: Aliena
Sent: Saturday 15 September, 2012

Dear Mr. Follet
My name is Aliena, I live in Winnipeg and I am 14 years old. Over the summer I read your book ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, and I loved every bit of it! My mother read the book many years ago, then my father read it while my mom was pregnant with me. They both agreed that Aliena was a beautiful name, and they liked how she was a strong female character, so they named me after her. Ever since I learned that I was named after a character in this book, I had wanted to read it, but my dad told me to wait untill I was a little older. I finally got to read it, and it was everything I had pictured it to be. I had already seen the 8 part mini series, so I had a idea of what it was about. The book was much better though. I have always wanted to meet you, and I hope I get to one day. In the mean time, it’s been an honor to e-mail you, and it would be a even bigger honor if you were to respond. Thank you and take care.

Aliena
Canada


From: John McLaughlin
Sent: Saturday 15 September, 2012

‘Winter of the World’ is on my wish-list — you’re a total keeper, Ken — I just race thro your books, slowing as I get near the end coz I don’t want the first-time-thro to be over as soon as it’s going to be at this pace!!

John
United States


From: Hagai
Sent: Sunday 16 September, 2012

Dear Mr Follett,
My name is Hagai, I’m 21 years old, and I live in Israel and currently serve in the army. I’m sending you this message because my grandfather was recently taken away from us and I have something I would like to share with you. Well, the fact is a month and a half ago I had come to visit him and he saw me holding your book ‘Fall of Giants’ (I was reading it at the time), he took a closer look at it and asked me to lend it to him when I’m finished.

You need to understand something, Mr. Follett, my grandfather was a man of the written word. He learned to read in Yiddish, Russian and Romanian as a child in Romania, and after the war’s inferno he had immigrated to Brazil, where he learned Portuguese. When he was a grown man and decided to come to Israel he learned Hebrew and have been reading in it since.

I gave him your book, and it was a phenomenon. He stopped reading news papers, stopped watching TV, all he did was to read your book. He never finished it. On his deathbed he said ‘I wish I could finish the book, I only made it half way’. The day after saying that, he passed away, leaving the book half read.

I’m writing to you too thank you for giving my grandfather a book that made the end of his life interesting and full. It was the first time in a long time that I saw him so happy with something and distracted from his health condition.
I’m eagerly waiting for your next book to be translated to Hebrew.
With gratitude,

Hagai
Israel


From: Jennifer Dow
Sent: Monday 17 September, 2012

I am looking forward enormously to reading your new book. I wish you so much luck with it and the one to follow. I always feel a little lost when I finish one of your novels as I become so engrossed in them. Keep them coming please.

Jennifer
Bulgaria


From: Marie-Josee Fox
Sent: Monday 17 September, 2012

It seems like only yesterday when I was writing to tell you how much I enjoyed ‘Fall of Giants’. I’m really looking forward to diving into ‘Winter of the World’. I’m sure I’ll savour every page. I’ll take my time. I know, from reading all of your books, that you will take me on a learning voyage and that I’ll sometimes look up from the book wondering where I am. I’ll write back when I land back into my real life. Thank you.

Marie-Josee
Canada


From: Vicente Reyes
Sent: Tuesday 18 September, 2012

I really enjoy reading your books! History, and in particular WWII history, has always been an interest of mine. I discovered your work by accident about 10 years ago; I picked up ‘Jackdaws’ at a resort while on vacation. I instantly became a fan! Thank you!!!

Vicente
United States


From: Yolanda Vidal
Sent: Tuesday 18 September, 2012

I am a sociologist who hated history and only remember one outstanding teacher who taught as though it was a story and not just a ‘history lesson’. For doing so many books in this manner, I thank you.

Yolanda
United States


From: António Barbosa
Sent: Wednesday 19 September, 2012

I must say, I’m completely amazed! I just started reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and I find it absolutely extraordinary. I’m please to know that the second book is just out so I can’t wait to finish this one and engage with the next.

Cheers
António
United Kingdom


From: Ingrid Horowitz
Sent: Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Thank you for sharing your incredible gift of writing and storytelling. Over the years, I have read many of your novels. ‘Pillars of the Earth’ I have read twice!! I just finished ‘World Without End’ I listened to it on CD as I commuted to watch our new granddaughter. I didn’t want to leave the car!!! I can’t wait to begin ‘Fall of Giants’. Thank you again for sharing your gift with so many of us.

Ingrid
United States


From: Richard Alexander
Sent: Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
I became your number one fan after I read ‘Eye of the Needle’ many years ago. I have bought, read and enjoyed all of your novels. In all my years (79) I have only read one book twice. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I have two hardback copies.

I now have a Kindle and I pre-ordered ‘Winter of the World’. As I stated above, I am 79 years old and I have one request for you… Could you write faster?

Thanks in advance. Your number one fan,

Richard
United States


From: Teresa Monteiro
Sent: Wednesday 19 September, 2012

I just bought’ Winter of the World’, I am as happy as a child on Xmas day. I know I will love this second part as I did the first one, and ‘Pillars’, and ‘Place called Freedom’, and and and… God bless your gift, your work, your team, your endeavour to entertain us like you do. Hope to see you 1 day to sign the books! I’ll be watching…

Teresa
Germany


From: Ellen Etter
Sent: Thursday 20 September, 2012

Ken, I have been a loyal fan since ‘Eye of the Needle’. Thank you for many hours of entertainment, taking my mind to so many places and introducing me to so many wonderful characters!

Ellen
United States


From: Patricia Sheridan
Sent: Thursday 20 September, 2012

Dear Ken,
I have now read three of your books. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’, and ‘The Third Twin’. I really enjoyed ‘World Without End’ and I feel like it lived up to Pillars. I’m also keeping up with the mini series. On my bookshelf waiting to be read are ‘Fall of Giants’, ‘The Key to Rebecca’, ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘On Wings of Eagles’, and ‘Code to Zero’. The next one I will read is probably going to be ‘Fall of Giants’. I plan on reading all of your books! :)
Thanks again,
Patricia
United States


From: Paul Appelbaum
Sent: Thursday 20 September, 2012

Of course I bought ‘Winter of the World’ on the first day it was available. Based on the first 100 pages or so, I believe I may like this one better than ‘Fall of Giants’. Since I absolutely loved ‘Fall’, I’m indeed quite happy. Once again, I think you have created a new masterpiece.

Best wishes,
Paul
United States


From: Sandy Kent
Sent: Thursday 20 September, 2012

I skipped lunch yesterday so I could walk up to one of the few remaining brick and mortar bookstores [a sad development] so I could get my copy of ‘Winter of the World’. I have not as of yet had a chance to start reading but I have been waiting anxiously for the follow-up to ‘Fall of Giants’. I still love the feel of a ‘real’ book. I spend quite enough time staring at a computer screen thank you very much! I have sent you messages before and I hate to be redundant but you are my favorite writer and I never know whether to hurry through your most recent book or try to make it last so that I won’t have to wait too long before the next one. Thank you so much for writing such wonderful stories that both entertain and educate.
Sandy
United States


From: Mary Croasdale
Sent: Saturday 22 September, 2012

Your books ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ have not only brought me back to reading but have inspired a love of history. I have learnt more from these novels than I ever gained from formal education. You turned my daughter into a reader at the age of 19 — she was introduced to your books by her French boyfriend and then I followed with absolute obsession reading a long list of your titles. A massive thanks Ken — your books have turned the TV off in our family — and the chain continues like a virus amongst my friends!

Mary
United Kingdom


From: Johanna Braunschweiger
Sent: Sunday 23 September, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,
I couldn’t wait to hold the new book, ‘Winter of the World’ in my hands and start reading. Well. I have the book and started reading and now I can’t stop doing so. As always I am mesmerized by your talent of telling stories that capture everyone. Another great book to read and I dread already the day I will have finished the last sentence of it. And that day is coming sooner than I might like it.

Thank you so much for another great reading time. I am already looking forward to the next book.

Kind regards,
Johanna
Germany


From: Elizabeth Kahan Ledee
Sent: Sunday 23 September, 2012

You have been one of my favorite authors for many years now. This page on your website asks which is my favorite book. I chose ‘Jackdaws’, but I honestly can’t choose, I love them all, especially ‘Pillars’, ‘World Without End’, ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, ‘Fall of Giants’ and now ‘Winter of the World’. I just finished ‘Winter of the World’. I really did not want it to end, as with all your other books, so I started it again.  I love to listen to all your books as well. I have learned so much history through your books, and have truly been entertained. Thank you very much for all your wonderful books.

Elizabeth
Israel


From: Karen Sheridan
Sent: Monday 24 September, 2012

Just finished ‘Winter of the World’. Bravo!!! Please do your best to bring Book 3 out in as timely a manner as possible. I’ve read ‘Pillars’, ‘World Without End’, ‘Fall of Giants’, and an assortment of your other books. It’s hard to pick a favorite. You are a magnificent writer, Mr. Follett. Thank you and keep writing!

Karen
United States


From: Weston Rose
Sent: Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Hi, You have a new fan. Your stories are incredibly entertaining, and immensely educational. I have read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’ and ‘Fall of Giants’, and am in search of ‘Winter of the World’. Thank you.

Weston
United States


From: Chloe I.
Sent: Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,

Where do I begin? I’ve probably drafted this message a dozen times. It seems silly, coming from a teenaged girl, but I suppose I hero-worship you.

I wanted to thank you for writing the things you do. I’ve read all of your books save ‘Jackdaws’, which would have been next on my list had ‘Winter of the World’ not been released. I’ve known that writing was my destiny since I was six years old, and your books have inspired me beyond belief to pursue that dream to the very end.

I must say ‘Winter of the World’ was worth the two year wait; I would have waited ten years to read it. I bought it two days ago and am on the fourth-to-last chapter, a fact I couldn’t be more proud of, though my grades are suffering as a result of non-stop reading. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from a book. The Second World War is by far my favorite, if one can have such a thing as a favorite war, and as usual your descriptions are perfect. I’m still in awe of your ability to place a character right in the middle of each and every historical event.

Congratulations on your success with ‘Winter of the World’. I’ve absolutely adored it so far, and am already eagerly awaiting the third installment of the series.

Chloe
United States


From: Joy Wangemann
Sent: Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Got your new book ‘Winter of the World’ a few days ago. Already ½ way thru it. Fantastic, wonderful, enjoyable… I could go on and on with the adjectives but I think you get the idea! I LOVE IT! Not even finished and looking forward to the next one. Hurry up, I’m OLD!!!

Thank you so much for the hours of pleasure.

Joy
United States


From: Craig Rhodenizer
Sent: Thursday 27 September, 2012

Dear Ken
I hope you find this amusing. I read ‘Fall of Giants’ this past summer and enjoyed it a great deal. In chapter 13 you mention a gift given to the British troops for Christmas 1914. “Every soldier was to receive a gift from Princess Mary, the seventeen-year-old daughter of the king and queen. It was an embossed brass box containing tobacco and cigarettes, a picture of the princess, and a Christmas card from the king.”

I believe I have one of those boxes. It was given to me by my grandmother about 35 years ago. I don’t know who in my family served in the Canadian Army during the First World War, but I do know that she had that box, a duffle that I used as a book bag my first year of university, and a gas mask that I played with as a child. The box now resides in my desk drawer where it is used to hold little odds and ends that I should have tossed out years ago.

In any event seeing this little thing that I take for granted mentioned in your book only added to the reading enjoyment. I have to admit I haven’t read a lot of your work, only ‘Pillars’ and ‘On Wings of Eagles’, but after ‘Fall of Giants’ that is changing.

Regards
Craig
United States


From: Chuck Jungeberg
Sent: Thursday 27 September, 2012

Hi Ken
I just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’. Yet another great book you’ve written! I enjoyed ‘Fall of Giants’ just as much and am looking forward to reading book #3 in the series. Thanks for all the great reading over the years!

Chuck
United States


From: Phyllis Wright
Sent: Thursday 27 September, 2012

Have been a fan since ‘Eye of the Needle’. Loved ‘Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’. I am rereading ‘Fall of Giants’ before I read ‘Winter of the World’. Please keep writing. I am never without a book.
It really is impossible to choose a favorite.

Phyllis
United States


From: Karen Sauerwein
Sent: Thursday 27 September, 2012

I am awestruck. You can write about anything. Your books, whether spy intrigues, ancient history, world history, war history, or contemporary thrillers, are a marvel. Your people are wonderful and you especially capture a lot of a woman’s emotions and thought processes.

My dad read you avidly and turned me on to you — years ago. My dad swore by ‘The Key to Rebecca’, ‘The Eye of the Needle’, ‘On Wings of Eagles’, and ‘Lie Down with Lions’; I read them all and was hooked as much as my dad.

It was when I read ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’ that I really fell in love with your writing. I identified with Charlotte, much as I did with Kitty in Anna Karenina. You, like Tolstoy, nailed a female adolescent on the verge of womanhood. Quite a feat for a dude.

‘Master Storyteller’, does not nearly sum you up. You are ‘THE Master Storyteller of our time’.

I can see that Chekhov would read you and turn pages as fast as he could read and say, ‘Yes, yes, this man understands humanity’. I would just say: ‘You go, dude!’ (I’d like to think that we mean the same thing.)

Karen
United States


From: Lisa Kiemer
Sent: Friday 28 September, 2012

Dear Mr Follett,
I wanted to compliment you on your latest novel. I enjoyed ‘Fall of Giants’ very very much but I was overwhelmed by ‘Winter of the World’. I really like to see the World War out of different perspectives and I think you give a very good impression of life during these horrible years, no matter whether one was rich or poor, German, English, American or Russian.

I am German and your story about that young woman Carla who is suffering many losses and has to go through so much hardship made me ponder a lot and think about my life in today’s time.

Anyway thank you for these wonderful books and let me tell you that I enjoy thinking about them and the time they are about a lot.

Yours sincerely
Lisa
Germany


From: Ana Leitao
Sent: Sunday 30 September, 2012

Dear Mr Follett, you must have thousands of people leaving messages here. Had this urge to leave you my huge thanks. Just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’. Bought it on Monday. went to work at school wishing classes would end quickly. I absolutely adore your way of writing. Thank you so much for making my week so excellent.

Regards
Ana
Portugal


From: Maly O’Grady
Sent: Sunday 30 September, 2012

Dear Ken,
Just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’ and wanted to write to you (again) to say thank you for yet another amazing book. I have read all your books and enjoy every single one of them.

I bought FOG and WOW the day they hit the shelves and have them finished within days. The downfall of that however is that I then have to wait 2 years until the next book. I have willed the arrival of 2012 for WOW and was not disappointed. Thank you for giving Walter and Maud the ending that you did. What a beautiful love story they are.

Thank you thank you thank you for all your work. You are by far the greatest writer. You are the one writer that has made me a voracious reader now.

Sincerely,
Maly
Australia


From: Michael Bird
Sent: Sunday 30 September, 2012

Ken, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed all of your books. You write so well on such a large span of history. I can only admire the amount of research you must do before putting pen to paper.

Michael
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