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Gentle reader

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: Bobbie Hayes
Sent: Wednesday 2 October, 2013

I recently picked up a copy of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ at a local independent bookstore here in NC, USA! I can’t put it down, I read until all hours of the night, knowing I must get up at 6:30 am for work! I also purchased ‘World Without End’. I read ‘Eye of the Needle’ years ago and it was one of my all time favorite books of my life. You are an amazing and fantastic writer, Thank you!

United States

From: Evelyn Weigmann
Sent: Friday 4 October, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,
Please please please have a good life! Michael Crichton died, Tom Clancy died! Please! Do not die !!! Please eat every day an apple! I have heard: “an apple each day keeps the doctor away” ;-)
Thank you!

Best regards,

From: Lubica Levcikova
Sent: Friday 4 October, 2013

Dear Mr Follett!
I write to you to thank you for making the world more beautiful – by your incredibly beautiful stories!
Few days ago, I bought a Slovak translation of ‘Fall of Giants’ – I feel like it will soon become one of my most favourite books alongside ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’.

The reason why I love books is that when I open one and start reading, all my problems and pains suddenly fade away – and the only one left is how quickly I read and that I’ll have to buy another book soon again. Thank you again, I treasure greatly your ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’ and now also ‘Giants’ And I know that wherever I go, they’ll come with me.

Yours sincerely,

From: Vicki Hanson
Sent: Friday 11 October, 2013

Love to read your novels, ever since I was young… not so young anymore. It’s an experience that remains a part of my life. Also, so appreciate your Masterclass. I am an aspiring writer but get lost in all my thoughts and words.

United States

From: Erica Michelini
Sent: Saturday 12 October, 2013

I am honoured to live in the same century as Ken Follett. One day girls and boys will study the amazing novelist Ken Follett. Thanks for every perfect page you wrote and published.

With sincere admiration,


From: Carol
Sent: Wednesday 16 October, 2013

I love your writing. The page you wrote on the explosion of the atomic bomb was brilliant in its ability to capture the scene and in its artistry.


From: Daphne Hutcheson
Sent: Saturday 19 October, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,

I haven’t read many of your books. I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ last year, and just a few days ago started ‘World Without End’.

There’s only a couple of books that I’ve read that have been as sincere as ‘Pillars’ or ‘World’. I can only think of two or three off the top of my head. In a way, they remind me of Christmas. So many bad things tend to happen when you bring a family together, but somehow the good outweighs the bad by new year. It’s not cut and dried. And the problems are not fixed by coincidence. It’s just life.

You have an amazing skill for writing characters that feel real. Who make intelligent decisions and still get themselves in a lurch. And then other things, like “the crowd”, which is truly scary to think about.

I don’t mean to gush, I really just wanted to let you know I appreciate your writing and plan on picking up more of your work. It’s refreshing. Christmas is always well worth the effort.

Thank you,

United States

From: Ron Mortimer
Sent: Sunday 20 October, 2013

I have been a lover of books until 2003 when I suffered a mild stroke. This left me physically fit, but lost some concentration levels, which meant I could not read books at all. Until 2012, reading ‘The Pillars of The Earth’, a book I could not put down, realizing my concentration levels are virtually back. Thanks to you.

United Kingdom

From: John Kerrison
Sent: Friday 25 October, 2013

You have a unique way of weaving your stories around historical events. To many readers – and I am no exception – it is often a vicarious experience. Well done and I await impatiently the closing volume in your trilogy.

New Zealand

From: Salvatore Macculi
Sent: Saturday 26 October, 2013

Thank you. Just a true and honest thank you.


From: Susan Salzberg
Sent: Sunday 27 October, 2013

I introduced my Mom, Edna, to your work several years ago with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. She has read ‘Winter of the World’ and ‘Fall of Giants’ and is eagerly waiting for the third part – she’s 96 and said she’s staying alive until she can read it!!

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