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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: John Jakubowski
Sent: Saturday 1 December, 2012

Mr. Follett: Just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. Awesome piece of work – and an awesome time in history (wish you’d ease up a bit on the Catholic Church and priests, though). I read your other books too. Thank-you. You’ve made the last month in Afghanistan fly by… as I could not wait to get back to Fitz, Eth, Maud, Grigori, Lev… and the others. Looking forward to your next one. When will we learn anything from history? Thanks again.

Very respectfully,

From: Lonnie Bristol
Sent: Sunday 2 December, 2012

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed ‘Fall of Giants’. I love history but the period surrounding the First World War never really caught my attention until I read your book. As someone who loves learning you opened my mind to a fascinating period in our world’s history. You did the same thing when you wove fiction and history together in ‘Pillars’ and ‘World Without End’. I marvel at the scope of your research and honestly appreciate the work you do. Thank you.

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From: Brian Bennett
Sent: Tuesday 4 December, 2012

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your work! I just finished ‘Winter of the World’ (literally 10 minutes ago). It really clarified a lot of history for me (as did ‘Fall of Giants’) and the perspective through your mostly fictional characters is fascinating. I recently reread your first book, ‘Eye of the Needle’, 34 years after I first read it (as a freshman in college) and loved it all over again. I think I have read just about everything you have written. I am a picky reader but you have never disappointed me. All your books have so much substance and richness and your storytelling is wonderful. I eagerly await book three of the Century Trilogy.

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From: Nicole O’Neill
Sent: Thursday 6 December, 2012

I have read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World without End’ and I have to say they are my 2 favourite books of all time. Once I started reading I could not stop. I am excited that they made them into mini-series.
I am currently reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and I am having trouble putting down. I appreciate your work and thank you.


From: Tom Ladwig
Sent: Saturday 8 December, 2012

Hi Ken
I have really enjoyed your books, in fact ‘Pillars’ is my favorite of all time, having read it three times and will probably read it again. Thank you.

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From: Carole Sofronas Paquette
Sent: Monday 10 December, 2012

My husband and I have read all your books and you are by far our favorite author. However, for me, ‘Winter of the World’ is the best of all – so beautifully choreographed with so many characters and their stories as well as a telling of history as I never knew it. A whole new group of angles. Fascinating and never confusing. How did you manage that!!!??

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From: Magdaline Peters
Sent: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Just finished ‘Winter of the World’. WOW!!! Loved every single page!! Your books are all so wonderful, they all leave me begging for more! Have gotten several good friends hooked also!! When will the third instalment of the trilogy be done, and what will it be named? If I had it here yesterday it wouldn’t be too soon!! Look forward to your response, and happy holidays to you & yours!!!

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From: Sofia Ramos
Sent: Thursday 13 December, 2012

Dear Mr. Follett,

I am aware that you must receive many letters and emails from fans every day; I’m even aware there’s probably a different person to you reading them to help you with all the people who try to communicate with you. Because I’m aware of all this, I’ll be just content by thinking you’ll receive my words, somehow, someday.

First of all I have the need to let you know how important it’s your work for me. What I like more in your novels is that all your main characters show a rare integrity and they never give up on their dreams and beliefs. Even in the cases in which they don’t have other choice but to accept their fate, they always make the most of their lives, fighting for values as freedom, honesty, but mostly… love. And that has changed my view on life. You see, I’m a young girl, I’m just 24, but since I’m 17 I’ve been through several obstacles. I know there’s people in this world with a greatest suffering than mine, but before I used to feel pity of myself. Thanks to your books, I realised that even when fate tricks me and I don’t have other choice but to keep carrying on in an unwanted path, I can do it with my head up and trying to make the most of my situation.
Maybe this seems something so little to you or to other people, but for me it’s a big deal. I know your characters are part of a fiction work, but then I think many people’s lives are very similar to those characters, many people have endured in hard times and many of them haven’t lost their bravery and their joy, so why should I do it?
Thank you for that, Mr. Follett, I don’t have enough words to thank you.

Second, thank you for creating such captivating stories that allow me to dream, smile and inspire me.
Your writing work is wonderful and I always enjoy when I hear you reading excerpts of your books, usually in YouTube or on TV. I have the hope that someday I’ll be able to hear you narrating an excerpt in person, that would be so awesome! :-)

The truth is, I don’t have many favourite authors, usually what I have is favourite books! It is very hard for me to say “see? this is my favourite author because all his/her books are passionate and they teach me something!”, but I have to say that I already consider you one of my favourite authors (with others like Isabel Allende or Jules Verne for example).

I am very curious to read the third book of the trilogy, and to know what will happen to Carla Von Ulrich, which I must tell you, she’s my favourite character of the Century so far!

Hope you have a lovely Christmas!
Thank you for everything.


From: Ana Camargo
Sent: Friday 14 December, 2012

Hello! I’m just in love… in love with your books… I love medieval themes because they are a real time travel. And your books make the reader travel through time. I started reading ‘World Without End’ and then immediately bought ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and in less than a week I finished reading, such was my curiosity. I loved both books, which are wonderful and exciting. You are a great writer.


From: Frank Greenslade
Sent: Friday 14 December, 2012

I have just completed reading ‘Winter of the World’ on my Kindle. Asked for feedback on my experience, I said that it was the best historical novel I had read since ‘War and Peace’ and even better than ‘Fall of Giants’. I can’t wait for the third book in the trilogy.

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From: Susan Green
Sent: Friday 14 December, 2012

I have just read ‘Fall of Giants’ and have gone straight into reading ‘Winter of the World’ (about three quarters of the way through now). The history is fascinating, the characters are brilliant and when a book can keep me on the edge of my seat one minute, laugh another and then make me cry, it has to be good!! I wish I had started reading your books years ago but I am definitely going to make up for lost time by reading more in the future. Thank you for writing such wonderful books. Once started, putting them down is a very difficult thing to do.

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From: Robb Wait
Sent: Saturday 15 December, 2012

You capture more of my attention and admiration with each of your stories that I vicariously live through. You are a master story teller. Thank you for the hours of adventure, and emotion you have given me over the years.

Best regards,

From: Rod Dingess
Sent: Saturday 15 December, 2012

Just finished ‘Winter of the World’. I have never sought to compliment an author before, but having read everything you have written, I have to say, ‘Winter’ was on another level of great. Thank you. Now I can get some sleep. I will need to rest up until the third book of the trilogy arrives, and I again become nocturnal.

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From: Clay Hooper
Sent: Tuesday 18 December, 2012

I immensely enjoyed ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ sent to me from my brother-in-law last Christmas, so it was no leap to begin your latest trilogy. ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’ were so spectacular I couldn’t put them down and gave a copy to my German born supervisor for this Christmas. I am desperate for the third installment in this trilogy!

Best regards,
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From: Gail McClellan
Sent: Saturday 22 December, 2012

I just finished ‘Winter of the World’ and found it an excellent read. I so enjoy how you show the perspective of each family and what they went through in their respective countries and situations in conjunction with the political aspects they were living with at that time period. Of course, like all your fans, I am eagerly awaiting the final saga of your “Century Trilogy”. Thank you for your excellent writing and storytelling.

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From: Bea Newton
Sent: Monday 24 December, 2012

I can’t thank you enough for hours/weeks/months of joy, heaven, knowledge, history and being in a different world and understanding of the eras of your books especially ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and followup and now ‘Fall of Giants’ and follow-up. Also for the beautiful English in which the books have been written.


From: Thomas Franklin
Sent: Monday 24 December, 2012

I recently have become a huge fan of yours. I watched the complete series, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I am in the middle of reading it now. Next on my DVR, I am going to watch ‘World Without End’. I am a former U.S. Navy Intelligence Analyst and admire and respect the depth and detail you put into your research. Thanks for reading this.

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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