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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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From: Casey Bulen
Sent: Friday 1 February, 2013

Reading ‘Fall of Giants’ now. It fuses historical fact and fiction perfectly and keeps you interested in every twist and turn of the characters lives. Can’t wait to finish up the trilogy and read some of your other novels.

Casey
United States


From: Joann King
Sent: Saturday 2 February, 2013

I’m not sure when I discovered your books, but it was through my doctor. She knew I loved to read and suggested I read your ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. That hooked me. As far as I know I have read them all. I thoroughly enjoy them. I admire your writing tremendously. I just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’, and it was marvellous. Thank you so much for giving me such enjoyable reading.

Joann
United States


From: Donna Harvey-Shields
Sent: Saturday 2 February, 2013

I just would like to say how much I enjoy your work, I am currently reading ‘Winter of the World’. I had read ‘Fall of Giants’ awhile ago and could hardly wait for this one, so now I am of course looking forward to the next one. Thank you for writing such enjoyable books.

Donna
Canada


From: Ross Edgar
Sent: Sunday 3 February, 2013

I read ‘Winter of the World’ and this is the first time I’ve ever sent a message to an author. I just want to say that you are already my favourite author, your writing style and character progression is absolutely fantastic. ‘Winter of the World’ is one of the best books I’ve ever read, I’m getting started on reading more of your books and I’m very glad I’ve found your work. Thank you.

Ros
United States


From: Jim Levey
Sent: Monday 4 February, 2013

Mr. Follett,

Just finished ‘Winter of the World’ and enjoyed every line. Great work. Your sentence structure reminds me of great writers of the past, like Hemingway, that kept the sentences short and the meanings very clear.

Looking forward to the sequel. In the meantime will be reading other Follett work. Next on my list is ‘Hornet Flight’.

My thanks to you and your talent.

Jim
United States


From: Mario Ruhnke
Sent: Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Dear Ken
I want to thank you for writing ‘Winter of the World’. I lived in Berlin during WWII even though I was only seven years old at the end of the war I remember many details from that time. ‘Winter of the World’ brought details back into my memory which I had long forgotten. The queues to get water from a hand pump on the street, living in the basement for weeks without any facilities to cook or use the bathroom and many more. These are memories better forgotten, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reviving these years of WWI and WWII and the aftermath, sacrifices and hardships so many people had to endure in all the countries. I moved away from Germany to the US in 1957 at the age of 19 and have never missed it.

Mario
United States


From: Clive Zietman
Sent: Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Dear Ken
I have just finished Winter of the World and simply wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. Running such an array of parallel plots must have been especially challenging. Thank you for many hours of entertainment!

Clive
United Kingdom


From: Helen Lindberg
Sent: Thursday 7 February, 2013

As a retired journalist who couldn’t write an intelligent paragraph of fiction, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to tell you that I think you are the most amazingly talented writer I have ever read!! Your ability to fold so much information into every sentence and paragraph of a gripping story is a true gift. I’ve read everything you’ve written and read my favorites over and over. I never feel that I am being lectured on a subject, but at the end of a book, I feel thoroughly informed. Oh! That all writers could learn your skill, but it is a gift that you can’t give away! You have been given it, and we are left to wish for it!

Helen
United States


From: René Tinawi
Sent: Friday 8 February, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,

Thank you for writing your novel ‘Fall of Giants’, related to the Great War. Although the drama and the characters are well ‘painted’ on the printed page, I thoroughly enjoyed the historical events that you described so accurately and filled lots of gaps in my knowledge.

I admire the fact that you write books for the benefit of the readers and not to impress other writers or publishers. Thank you for that.

Unlike Einstein, who is well respected and admired, but nobody understands; you are, in my opinion, the equivalent ‘in print’ of Charlie Chaplin that everybody admires and do understand.

Best regards and keep up the wonderful work,

René
Canada


From: John Pendergast
Sent: Saturday 9 February, 2013

Because of your writing, I cannot read enough historical fiction. I find myself fascinated while learning and being entertained. Thank you.

John
United States


From: Jean Petke
Sent: Sunday 10 February, 2013

I was intrigued by an interview with you on NPR — specifically by the research you do when writing a novel. It was enough for me to purchase ‘World Without End’. I have to say, I was overwhelmed by the length of the book — anything over 400 pages is historically too long for me to read. However, I was determined. You had my interest in the first chapter and I just kept going, often finding excuses to read instead of doing other things, always taking the book with me to fill idle moments, and telling others about the story.

So, at age 68, your novel engaged me like no other fiction ever has.

Thank you!!
Jean
United States


From: Anne Troy
Sent: Sunday 10 February, 2013

Read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in March 2012, have since then read twelve of your books, today I purchased ‘The Modigliani Scandal’, so gradually catching up.

Anne
Ireland


From: Gary Efronson
Sent: Monday 11 February, 2013

I just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Devastating! How do you write and make it so interesting? I will read ‘World Without End’ and ‘Winter of the World’.

Gary
United States


From: Jamie Lancaster
Sent: Monday 11 February, 2013

I have just finished reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and I would like to congratulate and compliment you on such an amazing and fantastic book. You have written it in such a way that I was forgetting it’s fictional. The book has filled me with inspiration and opened my eyes not only to the importance of British history but also the significant part that religion has played in this country’s culture and how it has shaped the way we live today.

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that and also for such an enjoyable read. Congratulations Mr Follett on a truly magnificent book

Kind regards

Jamie
United Kingdom


From: Adrianne Cox
Sent: Wednesday 13 February, 2013

I have just finished watching ‘World without End’ and I can honestly say it is the best series I have watched for years. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of you before I watched the series but from day one I was hooked. I am now looking forward to reading lots of your other novels. Congratulations on producing such a brilliant story.

Adrianne

United Kingdom


From: Carol Pook
Sent: Wednesday 13 February, 2013

I have just watched the last episode of ‘World without End’ It was fantastic and just has good as ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I can’t wait for the next production set around Kingsbridge, I hope it follows similar story lines, you have a fantastic imagination and how you get such characters is beyond belief. Thank you for sharing your imagination through your writing. Well done and get that next book written and on our screens asap.

Thank you
Carol
United Kingdom


From: Mark Petersen
Sent: Friday 15 February, 2013

Thank you. You have managed to create characters we like to get to know, worked us through historic events we thought we knew better than we really did and your books are so damn hard to put down.

Mark
New Zealand


From: Daniel J Hahn
Sent: Saturday 16 February, 2013

Dear Mr Follett,
Although I know, that this message is probably read by one of your aides, and I haven’t read any other book of your opus before ‘Winter of the World’, I feel compelled to write to you.

I just finished both volumes of the Century trilogy, in the wrong order, as I got ‘Winter of the World’ as a birthday present first, and bought ‘Fall of Giants’ afterwards. It took me just 16 days to read both volumes and as the speed indicates, I was literally drawn into the story. Very moving, gripping and often funny.

As a German who had the very doubtful pleasure of getting communist history classes in the GDR and still enduring a quite one sided history telling in Germany, I need to thank you for the absolutely fair and objective description of the historic events that have led to the two catastrophic wars.

I can only guess that the third book will lead us to through the cold war to the fall of the Iron Curtain. The time of the peaceful revolution in the GDR was the very thrilling time of my political socialisation. So I can’t wait to read your thought about that in the third part of the century trilogy
With compliments,

Daniel
Germany


From: Alison Wilcox
Sent: Sunday 17 February, 2013

I have just read your ‘Fall of Giants’ series and have to congratulate you on two fantastic, well-crafted novels. I seem to have lost a week whilst I have been absorbed in the stories of your main characters. Thank you.

Alison
United Kingdom


From: Bernadette Villarreal
Sent: Sunday 17 February, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett, I have just finished ‘World Without End’ on CD. Before that I listened to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I had to write to express my delight at having had the two books suggested to me by a dear friend who works in our local library system. I thoroughly devoured each book, listening at every free moment of my day. I find myself reminiscing about the extraordinary characters you created and the exceptional story lines that filled those two books. I have recommended both tomes to anyone who will listen to me rave about having enjoyed them as much as I have. They were absolutely WONDERFUL! I feel like I have found the pot of gold at the end of a double rainbow with my discovery of your writings. Thank you for all your hard work, research, time, effort and devotion to those two books. I am sure I will read more of your books in the future.

Sincerely,
Bernadette
United States


From: Vance Wood
Sent: Monday 18 February, 2013

Dear Ken,
I’ve just started reading ‘World without End’. I’ve never read any of your novels before, and I am now steadfastly avoiding answering the phone, shopping, checking emails, doing anything which drags me away from the world you have created. I am sick and tired of more of the same in the bookshops, so your story is repairing my imagination, which has been dented by the standard fare of formulaic crime and banal state-of-England novels. You and Jim Crace have restored my faith in reading. And now back to Gwenda et al. Poor old Hop!

Vance
United Kingdom


From: Gail Hicks
Sent: Wednesday 20 February, 2013

I just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’ and certainly enjoyed the novel. I will be waiting patiently or maybe not so patiently for the third and final book. Thank you so much for your wonderful books.
I have probably read 75% of your books over the years.

Gail
United States


From: Carolina Copello
Sent: Saturday 23 February, 2013

Hi Ken, I just checked your site to know when book 3 of the trilogy will be out. I’ve read about 10 of your books… you are probably the author I’ve most read! I’m an avid reader and absolutely LOVE a good story. I’m impressed with how you mix historical facts and entertaining story threads so naturally. Thank you!

Carolina

United States


From: Keith Burdo
Sent: Saturday 23 February, 2013

I don’t want this to turn into a novel itself but I wanted to tell you I’m an avid reader and enjoy many different genre’s and authors. I’ve always loved reading and could get involved with a book and its character’s or so I thought until I read my first book by you pillars of the earth and u had me hooked from there. I’ve since read ‘World Without End’, ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’, and started the new trilogy, I’ve also read many of your other novels and just want you to know that one I’ve never read books that were written in such a way as yours and I thank you for it, and the way you write and have drawn me into your books (especially your historical fiction) has gotten me very interested in a subject I really had for a better word ignored before. Now I want to know as much as I can especially England. I hope to someday visit. Thank you for your books!!!

Keith
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