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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: Wally Zatylny
Sent: Saturday 2 August, 2014

Dear Mr. Follett,

Ten years ago, my father-in-law introduced me to a favourite novel of his, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. At this stage in my life, I had retired from the Canadian Football League, I enjoyed reading but I had never read a book like ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. You truly have a wonderful gift for storytelling. Through your stories I have been captivated by world events. Since ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, I have read many of your novels, currently ‘Winter of the World’, and as with the ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, I never want to put it down. Thank you Mr. Follett for your story telling, your captivating history lessons and allowing your readers to learn so much through the stories you tell.


From: Mandy Hemmen
Sent: Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Dear Mr. Follett,
Since I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ at age 10, I love reading your books. I am so much looking forward to the 16th of September, because I can’t wait to read your new book. Loving thick books where it is possible to merge, to dive into the story before it is finished, I really appreciate your way of writing. thank you for all the beautiful hours I was already able to spend with your books. I am looking forward to many more.


From: Edie Clark
Sent: Thursday 7 August, 2014

After reading ‘Pillars’ and also ‘Jackdaws’ I decided to go all the way back to your first bestseller from 1978. I just finished ‘Eye of the Needle’ in about a day and a half, completely unable to put it down. As a lit major, I traditionally stick to classics and literary fiction, but now I feel as if my world has expanded tremendously. I just started ‘Key to Rebecca’, and I feel as if I’m stranded on the Sahara (“Last night I dreamed I visited Manderley again…”). Now I wonder if I’ll ever sleep again. Thanks very much for all these hours of enjoyment.

United States

From: Daniela Panzenböck
Sent: Saturday 9 August, 2014

Hi, just want to say ‘Fall of Giants’ is an incredible book, you are an amazing author and I love particularly how you have separated all the characters in this novel, it’s brilliant reading, my husband complains though because since I have the book, I’ve become very anti social!

From: Deborah Cox
Sent: Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Mr. Follett, as I get older, I find I am compelled to let people know what has been appreciated by me. I want to let you know that ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is the very best book I have ever read. I read at least two books a month, savoring every word, and losing myself in the world created by the author. Your masterpiece captivated me from the first page and all the way to the glorious end. Thank you for the experience.
United States

From: Jan Taylor
Sent: Thursday 14 August, 2014

Just finished 45 hours of listening to ‘Pillars of the Earth’. It made my walking not only a pleasure, but an eagerly awaited time of exercise (and that’s not easy).
Thanks much for all the time that must have gone into the writing. I felt like I’d just finished a semester assignment well.

United States

From: Paul Wride
Sent: Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Have just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ – I’ve never read this type of novel before and it’s also my first of your novels. I have to say it was fantastic. I’m looking forward to reading the next one which is waiting on my tablet.

Many thanks.
United Kingdom

From: Christine Callaghan
Sent: Friday 22 August, 2014

I came across ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ only recently but how I wish there were many, many more in this series. I have read ‘Pillars’ and also ‘World without End’. I just wanted to convey to you how very much I enjoyed reading these. Your description of the church and monastery building programmes was absolutely fascinating. Your style of writing was spellbinding. Not only did I enjoy two thoroughly good novels, but I also learnt so very much about history, buildings, way of life, illness and landscape. I was hooked from the first page. I am really looking forward to the third in the series being published.

United Kingdom

From: Beryl Spence
Sent: Sunday 24 August, 2014

Hi Ken
Just to say, I am half way through ‘Fall of Giants’, and love it. I read ‘Winter of the World’ last month on holiday and at the end found you had written ‘Fall of Giants’ too. I love both books and have been recommending them to everyone!

United Kingdom

From: Bev Wowak
Sent: Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Hello Mr. Follett,
We are going to be discussing ‘Eye of the Needle’ this week at our book discussion. We will also be watching the movie based on the book, eating a potluck dinner and comparing and contrasting the book and the movie. One of the best things is that some of the group who hadn’t read your books before are now fans. The group is looking forward to this. Thanks!

United States

From: Claudette Tremblay
Sent: Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Hello Ken
Greetings from Canada! I truly love your books and have read most of them. I have taken to the audiobooks in a big way especially for the lengthy ones and find John Lee a simply brilliant narrator. I just happily discovered that your 3rd book in the trilogy will be out in a few weeks which is great as I completed ‘Winter of the World’ yesterday and am currently having withdrawal symptoms!


From: Jack Unger
Sent: Wednesday 27 August, 2014

‘Winter of the World’, even better than ‘Fall of Giants’, just moved you into the top rank of my favorite authors. Stay healthy and productive!
United States

From: Andy Wickett
Sent: Saturday 30 August, 2014

Once I start reading a book written by yourself I cannot put it down. This happens very rarely with an author. I still have a few to read which should keep me quiet for a while.

United Kingdom

From: Madlen Trch
Sent: Sunday 31 August, 2014

Hi Ken
I just wanna say thank you for all these wonderful stories you write. Especially the historic ones I love. Unfortunately I missed out on a book signing of you years ago in Germany.
With the Century trilogy you give everybody a real idea how things were and why things happened as they did at the time.
I can’t wait till the 16th September to get my hands on the ‘Edge of Eternity’.
Again thank you for a lot of evenings and days filled with the pleasure of reading your books.


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