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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: Mike Mandel
Sent: Saturday 2 November, 2013

Dear Sir,

I am on a speaking engagement in Halifax Nova Scotia. When I left my home in Toronto today, the first thing I packed was ‘Winter of the World’. I’m on page 888 and cannot tell you how very much your wonderful books have enriched my life. BTW… as a transplanted Brit, I too was raised on the Famous Five… Anyway, thanks for being such a craftsman. I love your attention to detail.

All the best,

From: Leanne Mulcahy
Sent: Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Dear Ken – I have just started ‘Winter of the World’ and I am looking forward to the read. I’m hooked from the very start.

Over the years you have become my favourite author. Unfortunately I have not yet got into ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ – it sits on my shelf, so hopefully one day. But all your other books I have loved – unable to put them down and the story stays with me long after the last page. Lots of favourites – but ‘Eye of the Needle’ does stand out. You are an exceptional story teller. I hope to produce a novel myself and you are an absolute inspiration. Thank you for sharing your worlds with your readers.


From: Roberta Schaefer
Sent: Friday 8 November, 2013

I’m a huge fan. Read all your works. Truly all. Looking forward to the 3rd in the ‘Century’ series. My husband was an ASA Morse intercept operator stationed at a listening post near the Berlin Wall, too near for comfort, during the Cuban missile crisis. Very interested in your take of the situation.

Best regards,
United States

From: Christopher Styles
Sent: Sunday 10 November, 2013

I have just finished ‘World Without End’, having previously read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’.
I cannot describe fully the amount of pleasure and satisfaction and also frustration I felt whilst reading your book. The characters you created are mirror images of real people in today’s world, only they enjoyed different food, and dressed differently.

I wanted to strangle some of your characters and wished that I could have helped others. I sincerely marvel at people like yourself who through hard work, are able to create such a work which enthralls people like myself. I was so sad when I finished the book. 1 262 pages is way too short. Just kidding.

Sincerely, thank you
Next, ‘Winter of the World’.

South Africa

From: Denise Kantner
Sent: Monday 11 November, 2013

Dear Mr. Follett,

At the risk of sounding like a stalker, you are truly one of my literary heroes. I’ve either read or listened to (or both) virtually everything you’ve written and I recommend you to every literate person we know (I bought ‘The Pillars of The Earth’ the day it came out, well before Oprah discovered it). Just coming to the end of ‘Winter of the World’, I’m going so much more slowly because I don’t want it to end – I know these people! Born in France of an American GI and a German war bride but raised in Michigan, this particular book resonates. We’re not too far from Saginaw, MI where we understand there is a Follett library – I’m going to make a pilgrimage. Many, many thanks for sharing your talent with your devoted fans. Never quit writing!!

United States

From: Mariana Presa
Sent: Monday 18 November, 2013

My name is Mariana and I’m fourteen years old. I really enjoy reading your books. You are on my top 3 favourite authors! I read ‘Fall of Giants’ when I was in fifth grade in elementary and you should have seen my teacher’s face, she was amazed. Even my dad was surprised, and I must say, that book was my first ‘brick’. book. I understood everything and I grew attached to it. I recommended it to everyone. Suddenly, my eyes widened when I noticed you wrote ‘Winter of the World’ and I searched for it in every bookstore and library. I had to wait some weeks until I could buy it on Kindle. Do you want to know what I love about your books (the ones I have read)? Women are really brave and independent, such as Ethel or Gwenda. I anxiously wait for your next book. Until, then, I will continue to read ‘The Third Twin’ (it’s funny because I have a twin).


From: Charles Gembes
Sent: Sunday 24 November, 2013

Thank you Ken for your fantastic story telling. I so appreciate how you teach life lessons about love, finance family, etc. in your books.


From: Ahlem Thazir
Sent: Sunday 24 November, 2013

I’m Ahlem from Algeria and I have read both of your books ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’ and I lo-o-o-o-ved them I can’t get enough from them. Marvelous writing – classy but kept its simplicity. Great story lines. You are the first author that I gather my courage to contact I hope it will reach you. I can’t wait for the third book, ‘Edge of Eternity’.


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