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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: Leonardo Salvaggio
Sent: Thursday 2 May, 2013

Dear Ken,

In 1997 I read the ‘The Third Twin’ (I didn’t even have to buy it because it was given as a gift to my father by someone who obviously doesn’t know he doesn’t like modern novels) and I thought it was AMAZING! Totally blowing away! While reading it I could not stop thinking about Jeannie Ferrami night and day.

Since then I’ve never found another novel that I liked that much.

After fifteen years I want to re-read it and I expected a disappointment. Maybe at 35 I wouldn’t have found the book so catchy as at 19. I was wrong! ‘The Third Twin’ is a total masterpiece. Still, even now, I can stop thinking about Jeannie Ferrami night and day.

Thanks for creating her, Ken. And thanks for writing ‘The Third Twin’. I’m not going to wait another 16 years beafore reading it again.

Best regards

From: Rich Ferenchak
Sent: Thursday 2 May, 2013

I love history and have greatly enjoyed both ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I am currently just starting ‘World Without End’ and will be purchasing ‘Winter of the World’ as my beach read while on vacation this summer. I find your stories captivating and have a hard time putting them down once I start reading.

United States

From: Lynne Parker
Sent: Sunday 5 May, 2013

Just wanted to thank you for your work. I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and am about to start the next one. I really enjoyed ‘Eye of the Needle’ too. You really make history come alive and tie world events into a neat package. I knew about the Russian revolution, the Spanish influenza, World War I but somehow never tied it all together. You did in a wonderfully interesting way. Your characters are people I can empathize with.
Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

United States

From: John Danecker
Sent: Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Loved ‘Winter of the World’. I was impressed with your even-handed approach to that terrible chapter in humanity. You showed that atrocities and suffering happened on BOTH sides in that war. Also I was pleased that you didn’t portray all Germans as goose-stepping Nazi thugs. Hitler conquered Germany first.


From: Tan Chambers
Sent: Saturday 11 May, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,

As a history major, I think it’s magic how you blend your characters with historical background. You are truly a great writer, and I enjoy and appreciate the time and research that you put into your novels. Your attention to detail and storytelling is a such a great gift that I often find myself missing my stop on the train because I get so lost in the story. Thanks for that. If there are ever any opportunities to do any historical research for your novels, I am definitely interested. Thanks.

United States

From: PB
Sent: Sunday 12 May, 2013

I just finished my first Ken Follett novel – ‘Fall of Giants’ and loved it. Mr. Follett’s novel puts past events into perspective and gives me a chilling guarded awareness of how history continues to repeat itself in today’s current events. I have downloaded your discussion points to go back and think through. I have also downloaded ‘Winter of the World’ discussion points to use as I read this second novel in the series, which I plan on reading after I familiarize myself with some historical background material about this era (currently have two large books in my lap as I read and type). Mr. Follett’s books are sparking my curiosity in a big way and now I want to read about Winston Churchill and other historical figures. Thank you for opening another exciting world of history for me. All the best to you.

United States

From: Sheila Maloney
Sent: Monday 13 May, 2013

I love your books. Just finished ‘Winter of the World’. It’s the best yet. I tried to read it slowly, and re-read it, savoring every page. Can’t wait ’til the 3rd book. You have such a gift of writing about a complex issue, on multiple continents, with many different characters, and making it just a pleasure to read. You are a genius writer! Thanks for the hours of enjoyment that your books always bring.

United States

From: Mahesh Andar
Sent: Wednesday 15 May, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am a great fan of yours. I have read ALL repeat ALL of your books and have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. I like ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ most, closely followed by ‘Fall of the Giants’. I loved ‘On Wings of Eagles’, which was as well written as any of your thrillers. I have just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’ and it was un-putdown-able…!! I am eagerly waiting to read the third book in the trilogy.
I really don’t think there is any other author as good as you. May you write many many more books and keep us spellbound!!!

With Best Wishes
Pune, India

From: Mo
Sent: Wednesday 22 May, 2013

‘The Pillars of the Earth’ – Perfection
‘World Without End’ – Masterpiece
Got any more?
Thank you for these two!


From: Bob Lynn
Sent: Thursday 23 May, 2013

Just finished ‘Winter of the World’, you did it again, fantastic, have read all of your books and am looking forward to next, what a talent.

United States

From: Kelly Rotkewicz
Sent: Friday 24 May, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
I’m kind of nervous writing to an author of your caliber. (What if I make a grammar mistake?) In any event, this is the first time I have ever written a fan letter. I am in the middle of ‘Eye of the Needle’ and I felt compelled to write and thank you for writing such terrific stories. I love books, and yours are a particular favorite of mine. The first book I read of yours was ‘Pillars of the Earth’. I spent many late nights not able to put that one down. I have just finished ‘Winter of the World’ and am eagerly awaiting the third instalment.
Please keep writing because I’ll keep reading!

Best regards,
United States

From: Donna
Sent: Sunday 26 May, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am so happy that you have this section on your website, because I have read your wonderful novels for years, and admire you tremendously as a writer. You have creative plots, interesting characters, share my moral viewpoint, and very satisfying story endings. I hope that you continue to enthral and amuse us, your devoted readers, for many, many more years.


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