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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: Vicki Fearnehough
Sent: Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Having recently watched ‘World Without End’ on TV, I purchased it on DVD and as a book as well as the DVD and book of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Absolutely brilliant, read both the books over about 10 days, could not put them down. Cannot wait for another instalment. Many thanks for the great stories.

United Kingdom

From: Otter Peabody
Sent: Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,

I have not read any of your books. I hope to remedy this very soon. Although, I did place many of your books on display for sale when I worked as a book seller many years ago.

I recently watched ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I must say it was absolutely captivating. My favorite character was Ellen. It was so refreshing to see a true witch, portrayed with reality, grace and character. Thank you for creating such a remarkable character. She will stay with me for a very long time.

I wish you many more years of success. May the Muses be with you.

United States

From: Grandma Mac
Sent: Thursday 4 April, 2013

After reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’, ‘Fall of Giants’, ‘Winter of the World’, ‘A Place Called Freedom’ — I have just finished ‘Whiteout’. It was delightful — seemed lighter than more recent ones! It would be great if you would follow ‘World Without End’ by writing one about the Reformation on the Continent and in the UK! You write in a style to make history feel personal and fascinating!

Grandma Mac
United States

From: Lisa Cullen
Sent: Thursday 4 April, 2013

Hello there, just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy ‘Pillars’ and ‘World Without End’. I listened to them as books on tape (unabridged), have listened to ‘Pillars’ twice and now am coming toward the end of ‘World Without End’ and wanted to tell you that I don’t want the story to end! It is that good. Thank you. I’m am hoping that you will be writing yet another Pillars sequel… that genre seems to suit you, at least we readers love it.
Thanks again for your fabulous books.

United States

From: Karen Groen
Sent: Friday 5 April, 2013

I just want to say Thank You for sharing your writing with the world! I have read a number of your books now and I am always fascinated with the characters and have a very hard time putting the books down once I have started reading them. I came across your novel ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ in a secondhand bookstore last weekend and just finished reading it about 5 minutes ago — amazing story! I loved every minute.

Again, thank you!


From: Sherry Grey
Sent: Sunday 7 April, 2013

I love your books. Thank you so much for the great entertainment. I read ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’ in two weeks at night before going to sleep. They were awesome and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book :)

United States

From: Gloria Stuhlmiller
Sent: Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Hi, Just got home from book club that was best discussion we have had in the the many years we have existed. Our first book was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Tonight we discussed ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. WE LOVED IT and want to know if it will ever be made in to a movie. If so, we think Eddie Redmayne would be the perfect Hugh Pilaster. It would be blockbuster especially with the way things are in the world.

United States

From: Andrew Ash
Sent: Friday 12 April, 2013

Mr Follett,

I am not in the habit of writing gushing fan letters to authors; in fact, this is my first one and I will keep the gush to a minimum. I want to thank you for ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’. I am a student of history and, as a consequence, a fan of historical fiction. Not ten minutes ago I finished ‘World Without End’. I have been left with a melancholy, a sudden void, but also a satisfaction that is difficult to put into words. I truly and completely enjoyed ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’; they were grand efforts that I plan to read again in the years to come.

As many do, I feel as though I may also have a novel that yearns to get out. I hope to write it some day, if only for my own satisfaction and consumption. If and when I do, your novels will be a source of inspiration.

Again, thank you.



From: Martina Oleastro
Sent: Friday 19 April, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett
I have recently become a big fan of your books, thanks to my father, who is also your great admirer. The first of your bestsellers that I read was ‘A Place Called Freedom’ (in which I also recognized in the protagonist – Lizzie) followed by ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (a true masterpiece) and ‘World Without End’. Now I have almost finished ‘Storm Island’ [Eye of the Needle]. My dad just bought your latest bestseller ‘Winter of the World’. He has just started to read; I hope that he hurry to finish it, so I can start it! ahahah!

Regards from Italy, your affectionate fan

From: Gillian Butcher
Sent: Sunday 14 April, 2013

I was hooked after I read ‘Eye of the Needle’, years ago. Your ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ series was a big change in style but I loved it just as much. I’ve just finished reading ‘Fall of Giants’. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know about the first world war, love the way you intertwine fact and fiction, and am really looking forward to the next book in the series which I presume will be about the second world war.
Long live your writing career!


From: Mark Lindbeck
Sent: Monday 22 April, 2013

There are those who can write and keep you turning the pages of a book, then there is the master that keeps you spellbound page after page wanting for more… You Mister Follett are one of the few and the master of them all… thank you.

United States

From: Primrose Batehup
Sent: Wednesday 24 April, 2013

I only discovered your books about two years ago and I just can not believe what I have been missing your stories are fantastic and I am now trying to catch up and read everything you have ever written. I can hardly wait to read ‘Edge of Eternity’ when it is published. I am sure that I will read some of your books again especially ‘The Pillars of the Earth’.

United Kingdom

From: Barbara Wright
Sent: Thursday 25 April, 2013

I love your books. I’ve read almost all of them. You have an incredible insight into human behaviour. I love the factual information too — I’ve learned a lot about the 2nd World War, which I never learned in school or from my family (who were north German, by the way). Keep writing!!!!


From: Ron Woodward
Sent: Saturday 27 April, 2013

At the urging of a friend who knew of my interest in medieval architecture and engineering, I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ in 2006. I loved the book and have been reading everything you have written since. I can’t wait for the final book of the Century Trilogy. I am a young 68 and look forward to my retirement nestled in an easy chair with a glass of Burgundy reading your latest treasure. Thanks for your wonderful attention to historic detail – I bow to your unmatched talent.

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