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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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From: Silvia Cestari
Sent: Saturday 1 March, 2014

I started reading your books a year ago to improve my English and after a while I was sort of trapped in them. As soon as I finished one I couldn’t resist buying another. I’m about to finish reading ‘Winter of the World’ and I’m so sad… don’t think I can wait until September for the third novel of the trilogy!


From: Grace Fernandez
Sent: Saturday 1 March, 2014

Hey Ken, my name is Grace and I’ve just read the Introduction to your book ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and before starting the book I have one thing to say to you about that: ITS MAJESTIC! I’m a writer too, well, not officially cause I haven’t published anything yet (I’m 16) but I’ve written a lot of drafts and that’s why I called myself a writer, cause I’ve got passion. My father told me to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and as you said it’s a public book that goes from mouth to mouth and only the readers have the power to make it keep going on and on.
You’ve inspired me, your story of how you wrote that book has inspired me and I don’t even know you and you don’t even know me but I promise you that my first book is going to be dedicated to you, apart from other people but you’ll be there cause you know, many times I think that I’m no going to be able to make what I dream of my books. But that’s not true and If you aloud me to quote you “It seemed to be the less appropriate book and I seemed to be the less appropriate author and I was about to not write it but it’s my best book”. I wish I could say that some day. And I also wish that you answer me personally and that we can talk about books.
My best wishes, Grace.


From: Ernest Moretti
Sent: Sunday 2 March, 2014

I have read all the books you have written from ‘The Modigliani Scandal’ through ‘Winter of the World’. I am waiting for ‘Edge of Eternity’.

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From: Sue Silverthorn
Sent: Thursday 6 March, 2014

A friend recently recommended ‘The Pillars of Earth’. Since it was excellent, I am on a mission to read all of your books. Even though it was lengthy, I didn’t want it to end. That is true for the others I have read as well. So, I just wanted to thank you for your work and let you know I am delighted that you are an author.

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From: Camille Danzeisen
Sent: Friday 7 March, 2014

I just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’. Loved it! Over the years I have read every novel you have published. For me there is not a better author than yourself. I was introduced to your books by a lady who had just read ‘The Key to Rebecca’ and told me how good it was. I went to the local library and could not find that book but was able to check out ‘Night Over Water’. I was immediately hooked on your writing. I look forward to ‘Edge of Eternity’! Thank you so much for your great books!

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From: Dianne Fields
Sent: Monday 10 March, 2014

I cannot wait for your next book about ‘Kingsbridge’ and I am so glad you’re planning one. There is nothing like a historical novel that makes you feel transported back in time. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ are probably my all time favorites. I bought the books and also the audio books. If John Lee narrates the new one that would be the icing on the cake.

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From: Anne Roux-Renoncet
Sent: Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Awaiting the sequel of ‘Winter of the World’! Wish September will come soon for that. The first two books of this trilogy are wonderfully documented and the atmosphere of WW2 is really amazing. It makes me go back to the histories my parents and grandparents told me.

From: Cathy Firth
Sent: Wednesday 12 March, 2014

I am reading ‘Night Over Water’ and am really enjoying it. My father was a barnstormer in the ’30s and I am reminded of his stories as I read. Unfortunately no matter how slowly I read the books always end making me wish there were sequels every time. Thank you for all the hours of pleasure.

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From: Craig Delaney
Sent: Monday 17 March, 2014

Just wanted to post a message to say how much I have enjoyed discovering your books. I first noticed your name when Channel 4 did their TV version of ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I was hooked from episode 1, and watched ‘World Without End’ too. So when I noticed ‘The Man From St Petersburg’ in my local supermarket, I picked up a copy. I was thoroughly impressed. Soon after I got hold of a copy of ‘Night Over Water’, and enjoyed that too. Went on to get ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’. I thoroughly enjoyed them and will be getting ‘Edge of Eternity’. I have ‘Pillars’, ‘World Without End’, ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ and ‘A Place Called Freedom’ lined up on my bookshelf. I have always enjoyed period dramas on TV, but have never found it easy to find authors of this style. So, thanks for the hours of enjoyment discovering your books has given me so far!

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From: Dave
Sent: Thursday 20 March, 2014

I just finished ‘World Without End’ and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. I was discussing it with a friend and said it is the epitome of what a novel should be. A great story that one cannot wait to get back to and continue reading. I have read most of your books but particularly enjoyed ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and this one. I am really pleased that you are going to write another one in this series. Thanks for making my hobby so enjoyable.


From: Daniel Dance
Sent: Thursday 20 March, 2014

Can’t wait for the final part of the trilogy to be released, because I can honestly say they’re two of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’m a ‘bookaholic’, fantastic stuff!

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From: Grace Van Frachen
Sent: Sunday 23 March, 2014

Love reading your books. Always very entertaining to read about another time … another place … your characters are so real.

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From: Ivan Goodwin
Sent: Sunday 23 March, 2014

I am a retired automobile sales manager and worked until my 75th birthday never had much time to read. My favorites are espionage and spy novels. Someone told me about ‘The Eye of The Needle’. I could not put it down until it was finished since I have read most of your books and loved them all, just finished ‘The Modigliani Scandal’. The word witty seems to fit. Like you I believe that circumstances play a lot more in life than we want admit. Can’t wait for ‘Edge of Eternity’ to come out. Just wanted to thank you for all the enjoyment I have gotten from your books keep writing.

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From: Ellie Palmer
Sent: Monday 24 March, 2014

I was at the talk you gave at Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday and just wanted to say how inspirational I found it. I have loved your books, and as a young writer I can’t tell you how interesting and inspired I felt after your talk; thank you.

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From: Grace
Sent: Tuesday 1 April, 2014

I’ve read and loved most of your work and am working on reading your earliest works and/or rereading the others. Thank you so much for many entertaining hours.

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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