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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: Tory Reinheimer
Sent: Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Hi! I just wanted to share that as a history student, I find your books fascinating. The only two I have read (because they are the only two on family shelves, and I am a poor college student, like most) are ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. They are a pair of my favorite books. I hope to be teaching college one day, and one of my dreams is to do a History in Literature class. I would definitely use these two for that, if it ever happens!

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From: Judith Harris
Sent: Tuesday 1 January, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of your trilogy series. I have recently read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and am about to finish ‘World Without End’. I loved The Pillars of the Earth and have purchased the DVD. I find it hard to put ‘World Without End’ down. I plan to purchase the DVD for it when it comes out. You are an excellent writer. Your books are both thrilling and educational. Keep on writing.

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From: Elcee
Sent: Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Thanks for the update. I will continue to look forward to the 3rd book in the trilogy. I am re-reading ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and dislike Augusta as much now as I did when the story was first published. Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful new year.

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From: Meredith Isbell
Sent: Tuesday 1 January, 2013

I’ve recently discovered your novels, and have read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘Fall of Giants’. I enjoy historical fiction based on the events of the era. You have meticulously researched the history of the times and put that in the context of a novel that is interesting, exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. You have brought history to life through the characters in your novels. That is what I enjoy the most. Its history from the perspective of the people living at the time and to me, that brings history alive. I’m not interested in genealogy as such, but it is how the people of the era lived that interests me the most. Your novels bring that alive for me and I look forward to reading more.


From: Forrest Whitcomb
Sent: Wednesday 2 January, 2013

I just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’ (possibly a little young to be reading at 15? Ha ha). What a great novel. It makes me want to be living in the 30s and 40s, despite the war. One of my dreams is to become a director. Maybe one day I could bring he Century Trilogy to the screens. It’s such an amazing story. Anyway, I can’t wait for the final book. Thanks for taking your time to read my message!

Forrest, a devoted reader

From: Mona Mahovlic
Sent: Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Just finished ‘Winter of the World’ and wanted to thank you for such a great book. It was a page turner and hard to put down. Your novels give the best of both: stories about characters and history lessons of the times they live in. You make me want to read more of the historical events. In this case Midway, Pearl Harbour and I see the Berlin Wall will be next. The only issue is having to wait for the next book! I hope you have plans for more. Thanks so much.


From: Theresa Skowronnek
Sent: Wednesday 2 January, 2013

I absolutely love your books. I am currently reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and I am trying to read it slowly because I don’t want it to end. Thank you for sharing your gift as a writer with the rest of us. You rock!


From: Janice McLauchlan
Sent: Thursday 3 January, 2013

I hadn’t read any of your books until recently and I felt I just had to drop to a line to tell you that you now have a new fan. I have just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. To say that I couldn’t put them down is an understatement!!!
Wonderful storytelling.

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From: Chantal Pilon
Sent: Friday 4 January, 2013

Mr Follett,
I’m in mourning! I miss my new friends Daisy, Lloyd, Carla, Werner! What a novel! I doubted that I would feel close to a new set of characters (really really love the first book on that wonderful trilogy) and it was more than expected! Pure symbiosis! Brilliant and tragic, cried my eyes out at some rough patches in the lives of those youngsters! And their parents! You wish no one would leave us in such book but it is a well representation of those sour times!
Can’t believe I will have to wait almost 2 years for the next one! Torture! But in a good sense!

Best regards

From: Eve Mothershaw
Sent: Saturday 5 January, 2013

I note the third book in the ‘Fall of the Giants’ trilogy is not due out till 2014, I’m 82, I could be dead by then, couldn’t you go a bit faster please. Just finished reading the first two for the second time, absolutely brilliant. I’ve read all your books.

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From: Jessica Wajdo
Sent: Saturday 5 January, 2013

Hello Mr. Follett,
I am forever in your debt. I read ‘Pillars of the Earth’ for the first time 17 years ago and ignited a passion for reading I never knew existed. I have been an avid reader since then, looking for a story that consumed my mind the way ‘Pillars’ did. The only stories that have come close are the ones written by you. I finished ‘Winter of the World’ this morning and, as always, I am left in a slight state of depression that the book is over. I love how richly detailed your characters are and how you intertwine historical events with your story telling. You Sir, are a master of your craft.

Thank you.
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PS: Also, I have seen ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ mini series, and thought that ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ would also make a great movie. Just an idea…

From: Philip Didio
Sent: Sunday 6 January, 2013

I’ve enjoyed your novels in many ways. As a teenager, ‘Eye of the Needle’s’ sex scenes and suspense excited me. As an adult, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘Fall of Giants’ taught me history.

Your central characters have virtues and flaws, and you carefully explain their motivations. For nuance, I sometimes wish villains like Pinsky presented some redeeming qualities.

Thank you for your hard work.
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From: Kate Harrison
Sent: Friday 11 January, 2013

Thank you for these wonderful novels! And thank you for the diversity of your writing, it is so nice to have one author that offers such a variety of material!

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From: Bob Banker
Sent: Tuesday 15 January, 2013

Ken Follett
Just wanted to say thanks for all the hours of reading pleasure you have given me. ‘Winter of the World’ has exceeded my expectations and I look forward to the next book. Your word pictures make the story lines flow and are great.

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From: Diana Famula
Sent: Wednesday 16 January, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett
Thank you for getting me through Hurricane Sandy. I read the entire ‘Winter of the World’ by flashlight. When people asked how I fared through the hurricane, I wanted to say that I loved it (the book that is)!! I have read all your books since ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and now I am going backwards to your earlier works. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES !!!

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From: Mary Russell
Sent: Friday 18 January, 2013

Hi Ken, Thanks for your work. I have learned a lot about history and enjoyed great reading. I am working on a novel of my own. My first one, I have taken your Art of Suspense class and it was very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do that class. My best to you.

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From: Benjamin Ellis
Sent: Saturday 19 January, 2013

I have only just discovered your writing Ken. I read ‘Eye of the Needle’ just before Christmas and loved it. I decided to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ next as I have family in Salisbury and I knew there was a link to the area. I am half way through it and its absolutely brilliant. I love the efficient characterisation, descriptive but not overly so. It really is making my two hour commute each day farm more bearable.
I look forward to your other work.

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From: Jane Knox
Sent: Monday 21 January, 2013

You are one of my favourite novelists. I have enjoyed all your novels and have introduced many of my friends to them. My favourite novel is ‘Eye of the Needle’.
Thank you.

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From: Chris Campbell
Sent: Tuesday 22 January, 2013

I note that people have asked you to write faster and you say you cannot. Well please stick to that. you are obviously doing something right. Fortunately for me I discovered your work relatively recently so I am happily wading through everything you have written. I love the way you obviously research your subject, and indeed can turn your mind to practically any subject. Have you considered rewriting the phone book, I’m sure you could make it interesting! I absolutely love your historical work, more of that please.

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From: Alfie
Sent: Thursday 24 January, 2013

Hello Ken,
This is just to let you know I’ve almost finished ‘World without End’, and I can only say, I certainly do hope you’ll continue from 1362 into, and right to the end of the 15th century (and onwards please). When I’m through, I know I’ll feel awful, missing all your characters and and your gifted way of telling us these intriguing stories. Please keep it up !!


From: Marilyn Stewart
Sent: Saturday 26 January, 2013

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for writing another great novel. I just finished ‘Winter of the World’ and I couldn’t put it down. I get so involved with your characters. My husband actually asked me what I was reading because it went everywhere with me. Can’t wait for book three of the Trilogy.

Take care.

From: Pamela Sinclair
Sent: Saturday 26 January, 2013

You are the world’s best author by far. I love everything that you have written and I am anxiously awaiting book 3 of the Century series. 2014 is just too far away!


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