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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: Soren Hilligsoe
Sent: Thursday 1 August, 2013

Dear Ken

Thanks for the wonderful experience of reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’. I hope the third part will be available soon.

All the best

From: Jef van Wingerden
Sent: Tuesday 6 August, 2013

Just want to thank you for writing the books I like most! I have read the books at least three times and am waiting for the sequels!
Thank you!


From: Valerie Markey
Sent: Wednesday 14 August, 2013

Since watching a programme about you on BBC Wales I have become addicted to your books! I started with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and cannot wait until I can read my way through everything you have written. So far I have had such enjoyment. Thank you.

United Kingdom

From: Nicole Sturrett
Sent: Wednesday 14 August, 2013

I was only into ChickLit until I picked up ‘Pillars’ for a redeye flight out of Vegas. The only reason I grabbed it was because I thought I was finally going to get my money’s worth out of an airport book.

I was instantly hooked, and soon after so was my husband. However, you’ve turned me into an Annie Wilkes of a fan. I’m so bummed that ‘Edge of Eternity’ isn’t coming out until the end of 2014. I was hoping for it as my birthday present this year.

And now you have thrown it out there about a final book to ‘Pillars’, which is even a longer wait. That’s just cruel! I do look forward to reading them so much.

Your age worries me and I hope that you left rough drafts that someone could finish in case anything happens to you or you get senile. I really don’t want to be left hanging. See, sorry, selfish D.C. showing her ugly head. But, seriously thanks for the hours of transporting my mind into other worlds.

One last thing, as a Christian, I wish you’d re-write the common English Bible to make it suck less. Thanks!

United States

From: Vanessa Genovese
Sent: Thursday 15 August, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
I want to get you many compliments because I consider you one of the greatest living writers and without doubts my favourite writer. Your first book I read was ‘Jackdaws’ (in Italian ‘Le gazze ladre’) and from that moment I never stopped to read your books… until now I’ve read 16 your books and decide which ones are my favourite is very difficult because they’re all beautiful… but I think that ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is an absolute masterpiece! The only thing I want say is: thanks Mr. Follett for your books!


From: Marilyn Gebhardt
Sent: Monday 19 August, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett, my daughter is in a book club and got me started reading your novels with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I have since finished the Century Trilogy. I have never been that interested in history, but the way you take your characters and intertwine their stories into history is wonderful. I was born in 1943 and when reading Winter of the World, I kept asking my husband, “Is that true? Did that really happen?” After reading I feel so blessed to have been born in this country and have a new appreciation for where I live. Even though our government is not perfect, I can’t imagine living through the horrors in Europe during the early 1920s and 30s. My grandparents immigrated from Italy. Now I know why. You have a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

United States

From: Nora Bognar
Sent: Monday 19 August, 2013

Dear Mr Follett,
I am Nora from Hungary and all I want to say that I have read over 700 books in my life, reading is my passion and I just read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and I must say it was my very favourite book ever, ever. I could not stop it and now that I finished something is missing… I have to find back to my everyday life :) Thank you for writhing this amazing book.
Best regards


From: Joseph Dugan
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

Hi Ken,
Just to let you know as the son of an American World War II vet, ‘Winter of the World’ had a very significant meaning to me as my parents were both part of what Tom Brokaw has called ‘The Greatest Generation’. Before I read ‘Winter…’, I re-read ‘Fall of Giants’ to get the epic scope in a continuation. Which is what I will probably do again once the third book is published. I recommend all of your novels to my wife and our friends. We love your work! Thanks for all of your well researched and well written books.

United States

From: Barbara Cesareo
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

Love, love, love your books
Read ‘Fall of Giants’; then when ‘Winter of the World’ came out I went back and re-read ‘Fall of Giants’ and loved it a 2nd time and then read ‘Winter of the World’; can’t wait for the final book. Don’t buy a lot of books anymore but definitely spend money to buy yours.

United States

From: Linda Levin
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

I love all your books and am eagerly awaiting the third in the trilogy!

Your research and command of the medieval world was so wonderful in ‘Pillars’. As a medievalist I really appreciated the book.

United States

From: Ron Schneider
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

I just finished ‘Winter of the World’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I purchased it some time ago, but saved it for my summer beach reading. I look forward to ‘Edge of Eternity’!

Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment you have provided over the years.

United States

From: Warren Brubaker
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

Thanks for the word. I am looking forward eagerly to your new book next fall! As to your novel(s) that I have enjoyed most, my most honest answer is “whichever one I am reading when the question is asked”. I have all of your novels and have read them 2 to 4 times each. I will reread ‘Winter of the World’ in preparation for the new one!

United States

From: Kim Boyd
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

Hi Ken,
I just wanted you to know that I loved ‘World Without End.’ At the end of your story I held the book to my chest and wept. I was so sad to close the cover. It felt to me like they were extended family, and that I knew all of them well. I was so sad to say goodbye. Somethings never change, like the way we treat each other. I just wanted you to know that I loved it! Thank you so much!
Yours truly,

United States

From: Vicki Barbour
Sent: Thursday 22 August, 2013

My husband and I recently watched ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ mini-series thru Netflix. LOVED it!! And it was so nice to see and hear you talk about it. Seeing the scale of the building of the cathedral to the people was really eye opening. We liked it so much that we found and bought a copies of it for us and our family members. I hope to visit Europe one day and look at the churches and cathedrals…
My husband is almost finished with ‘Winter of the World’ – very slow reader. And then it’s my turn!!

Love all your books.
United States

From: Mark Farrell
Sent: Friday 23 August, 2013

Hi Ken, I love reading your books as they do really seem to take me back in time. You truly have the ability to completely engross me in the stories. Unfortunately, everything else gets put on hold while I read your books. I’m really looking forward to the ‘Edge of Eternity’.


From: Shirley Rich
Sent: Friday 23 August, 2013

Mr. Follett – I have been a long time reader of your wonderful books. Am so happy to hear that ‘Edge of Eternity’ is in the works. I am not getting any younger and don’t want to miss any of the books. Thank you for enriching my and millions of others lives with such great books.

United States

From: Linden Gaspar
Sent: Friday 23 August, 2013

I bought ‘Winter of the World’ shortly after it came out and have not yet read it. I have a copy of ‘Fall of Giants’ and think that I need to reread that and then immediately ‘Winter of the World’. So many books so little time. Keep writing, your research and character development are wonderful!

United States

From: Steve Jones
Sent: Friday 30 August, 2013

Hi Ken,

I’ve loved your books for years. I’ve got a couple put aside for when I’m next on holidays. Please keep writing.


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