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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: Kay Hrivnak
Sent: Tuesday 5 March, 2013

Discovering your books has been a wonder to me. I so enjoy each book that I have read and you keep me on the edge from page to page. I feel as though I am actually part of the story. Thank you so very much for the research that you have put into your historical novels. They are amazing. Please keep writing!

United States

From: Lyn Owen
Sent: Wednesday 6 March, 2013

A dear friend sent copies of your books. I love them!! I’ve shared every one of them. Jack passed away in November 2010. He would have wanted me to continue sharing your books. I buy them. Read them. And send them on their way. Thank you for so many enjoyable hours.

United States

From: Dawn Middleton
Sent: Thursday 7 March, 2013

Hello Mr. Follett
I have read all of your wonderful and exciting books. What do you have planned next? I can’t even begin to answer the questions below about which ones I enjoyed most, because each book moved me beyond words. Take care.

A True Fan
United States

From: Adrienne Freeman
Sent: Friday 8 March, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett
I am a high school English and history teacher who loves to read novels. I first chose ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ because it was the thickest book in our school’s library. I have just finished my fourth reading of ‘Pillars’ which I first read in 2008. I’ve never read any novel more than once. However, I had to write and tell you that ‘Pillars’ is the best book I’ve ever read. Thank you for tremendous, page turning entertainment!


From: Chris Cairns
Sent: Friday 8 March, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have read your novel ‘Fall of Giants’ and I have your novel ‘The Man from St. Petersburg’. I am hoping to read ‘Winter of the World’. ‘Fall of Giants’ was really well written, and I liked how you included tales from all points of view (German, Russian, British, Welsh, etc).
I am looking forward to reading your other novels!


From: Martin Hooper
Sent: Friday 8 March, 2013

Dear Ken,
My wife is complaining that every time I get one of your books to read I am reading all night with the light on. Can you please write shorter books? Also if that Augusta Pilaster [‘A Dangerous Fortune’] doesn’t get her comeuppance soon, I’ll write an ending myself which will leave her gobsmacked or worse.


From: John L Williams
Sent: Sunday 10 March, 2013

I could not put ‘Fall of Giants’ down — now reading ‘Winter of the World’. These should be mandatory reading for high school history classes.

Thank you
United States

From: Anil Bharath
Sent: Sunday 10 March, 2013

Hi Ken, really enjoyed ‘World Without End’, (the TV series), shame I didn’t come across the book first. Want to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ but have started ‘Fall with Giants’ (audio book version). Wow, loving it. Just over half way through I think… Will go straight to ‘Winter of the World’ after this.

United Kingdom

From: Linda Savage
Sent: Monday 11 March, 2013

Oh my goodness I’ve just finished listening to ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ on audio book. Why, why, why did it have to come to an end? I was s-o-o-o in there! The narration was excellent. John Lee was just brilliant in bringing the story to life with his characterisation of the many different roles. Thank you for such a wonderful story. This is the first book I’ve listened to. Will now be working my way through the others.

United Kingdom

From: Frank Condon
Sent: Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Mr. Follett
I have read all your books. I was born in 1940 and my father was a soldier in both conflicts. Thanks for your last two books that for the first time has given me a great perspective on the years of conflict. Excellent reading. I look forward to your next writings.


From: Brian Tourville
Sent: Tuesday 12 March, 2013

I just finished watching the miniseries of ‘World Without End’ and loved it. I have read every one of your books except ‘Winter of the World’ which is next. I used to read only science fiction and came upon ‘Jackdaws’ and have been hooked since.

United States

From: Dianne
Sent: Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Just finished the second book in the trilogy ‘Winter of the World’ – brilliant, even better than the first. I love your writing. I have loved every novel you have written and wait with great anticipation for ‘Edge of Eternity’ Please don’t stop writing these exquisite novels.


From: Mark Hankinson
Sent: Wednesday 13 March, 2013

I’ve just been reading ‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. Amazing! I found myself becoming engrossed in the stories of the characters, they became people I was interested in. As a practicing Catholic I was interested not just in the construction of the cathedral but also in the religious background. And reading these novels has kindled my interest in this time period. These are the first of your novels I have read, but I will definitely be reading more! Many thanks for the pleasure I have had in reading these novels.

United Kingdom

From: Michelle Frett
Sent: Wednesday 13 March, 2013

I didn’t take an interest in history when I was in school, but am now very interested in history. I have just read ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’ and LOVED them! I feel that I am catching up on the history that I missed when I should have been learning it. Thank you! Things are making a lot more sense now.

United States

From: Georgeana Kup de Barros Barreto
Sent: Thursday 14 March, 2013

I had never read any of your books and recently my father gave me ‘Fall of Giants’ to read… I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t do anything else (like watching TV) until I finished. Then, of course I had to read ‘Winter of the World’ and when that was over too I had to find something else or I’d go crazy! So I went for the older ones and… surprise, surprise… They were even better! Read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in a week and now I’m reading ‘World Without End’. I’m at the point when the Black Death has arrived at Kingsbridge and I can’t stop thinking about who is going to die and who you’ll spare (in that world you are God and you get to decide!). So I just had to keep reading nonstop and last night my husband said he was not coming to bed because he knew I was just going to keep reading! Hahaha I thought that was very funny because he said it accusingly and he sounded like I was cheating on him! Anyway, just wanted to write to say how much I love all your books so far. Thanks for writing! You should come to Brazil!


From: Sue Brink
Sent: Friday 15 March, 2013

Just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’. Loved it. So ambitious and far reaching. Both the depiction of the history and story line meant I could not put it down. This is the first book of yours that I have read. Thank you. Can’t wait to read ‘Winter of the World’.


From: Michelle Collins-Moore
Sent: Friday 15 March, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
Please accept my sincere appreciation for your novel, ‘Fall of Giants.’ This is the first of your books I have ever read and you are brilliant! I am going online right after I send this e-mail to order the next book. And, while I await the publication of the third book, I will be busy catching up on your other novels!
Thank you for the time you have spent perfecting your craft!

Charlotte, North Carolina
United States

From: Nikola Meerburg
Sent: Thursday 21 March, 2013

Hello Ken,
I just finished re-reading ‘Pillars’ and I enjoy it each time more. The technical descriptions are very interesting and I learned a lot. Thank you also for the writer’s masterclass on your website, that is a great gesture for aspiring scribblers!
All the best and I will keep on reading more of your work! :)


From: Melanie Lipomanis
Sent: Tuesday 26 March, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett: I apologize for the self-serving nature of this note, but can’t you write a little bit faster? The wait is agony. Much gratitude and appreciation for your works from my family of five Follett-addicts.

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