Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.
I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…
From: Matthew Lecki
Sent: Friday 2 January, 2015
Just wanted to say thanks. Ken, I’m nearly finished with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and wanted to reach out to express my gratitude. What a beautiful and compelling story you have written! I’m sad it is coming to an end, but looking forward to reading more of your work.
From: Neil Feldman
Sent: Saturday 3 January, 2015
Mr. Follett, I can’t tell you how deeply moved I am by the novels of yours I’ve read so far. After thinking there weren’t three better books in the world (I’ve been a voracious reader over the past five years with roughly 100 books between written and audible) than your Century trilogy, I just finished ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. All I can say is, “Wow!” I hesitated in starting to read ‘World without End’ out of concern that it would sadden me to follow Jack and Aliena through the end of their lives, but alas, 155 years went by, and I feel safe :). ‘Pillars’ moved me like no other piece of work EVER! I would find myself dozing off and living in your book, then waking up almost saddened that I wasn’t truly there. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for having the mind you do, and better yet, the ability to share that brilliance with the world.
Thank you so very much!
Sent: Sunday 4 January, 2015
I just wanted to reach out and say that among all of the books that I’ve read, ‘Edge of Eternity’ has been by far my favorite — the way that you weave together historical timeline and character development is unparalleled. I sincerely hope you keep writing — I think I’ve tracked down and read all of your books at least once (if not twice). :) All the best to you.
From: Joyce Dresser
Sent: Monday 5 January, 2015
Thank you for one more astounding story. Nearly 1 100 pages and I want more. ‘Edge of Eternity’ began when I was barely a teenager. Your insight into the political realms of each country was fascinating and coupled with the characters’ activities made it all understandable. As a teenager I knew the headlines, but that was about it. I can barely express how much I have enjoyed this trilogy. I wonder how you can top them, but I know you will. Thank you for such a fabulous read. Maybe now the housework will be done!!
Sent: Wednesday 7 January, 2015
I am on page 443 of ‘Fall of Giants’ which I started two days ago. The story is moving me to tears and I wanted to tell you how incredible I find your writing. My bookshelf has 6 of your books out of 10 on there and I wanted you to know that you are my favourite author and have been since I was 18.
Many thanks for the stories you write.
From: Eric Graus
Sent: Thursday 8 January, 2015
Thank you for writing historical fiction. I find that it is my favorite genre and your books are excellent. The Century Trilogy was an amazing read. I also loved ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’.
Thank you for all you do.
From: Diana Norsa
Sent: Friday 9 January, 2015
Dear Mr Follett,
I have finally finished reading ‘Edge of Eternity’. Not one to succumb easily to sentimentality, you got me on the last page when you described Obama’s inaugural speech as President. It seemed a fitting end to what was one of the best trilogies I have read… not to compete in any way with your ‘Pillars’ series. What am I to read now??? All this spare time!
As a History and English teacher, I appreciated both the historicity and the manner in which you wrote; accurate and readable.
Congratulations on a brilliant trilogy and I am making sure I don’t reveal the contents to the rest of my family who don’t read as fast as me!
From: Valerie Connor
Sent: Friday 9 January, 2015
I have finished reading your Century Trilogy and just wanted you to know that I enjoyed it tremendously. Swept away is a more apt description, actually.
I write, or try to, and I admire your “transparent prose”. Your mastery of the three C’s: clean, clear concise makes me weep. But mostly, I am astounded by your research and balancing point of views. In ‘Fall of Giants’ you explained the events that dragged Europe into the Great War far better than any reading or lecture before on that subject. Yet you kept the story moving. Of course, all that sex helped.
I look forward to reading more of your work, both earlier stuff and whatever you’ve got cooking now.
All the best,
From: Giancarlo Piovaccari
Sent: Saturday 10 January, 2015
Dear Mr Follett,
I’m your big fan since your first novel, ‘The Modigliani Scandal’! I have read all your novels in English. You are the best and most fantastic writer!!
From: Norman Green
Sent: Sunday 11 January, 2015
I’ve just finished the trilogy and extend my congratulations to you. Having been born in 1932, I was in the audience for many of the historical events you chronicled. Even some fictional characters such as Eva Williams (Jane Fonda?) were familiar. As our friends Down Under would say “Good on ya, mate!”
From: Arlene Hamilton
Sent: Monday 12 January, 2015
I just finished reading the last book of the Century trilogy — ‘Edge of Eternity’ — and that was 1 100 pages of pure excellence! Every book you write is so well researched I just love them all! You are a genius!
From: Hande Dalmis
Sent: Wednesday 14 January, 2015
I am your Turkish fan from Istanbul and just wanted to thank you for your great writing. Your trilogy is unputdownable!
From: Doug Londraville
Sent: Saturday 17 January, 2015
I’ve read all of your books. Many hours of good reads! Thank you for your efforts. Love your strong women characters. In particular, I enjoy the insights I gain by the differing eras and customs.
I gave my 88-year-old mom the Century Trilogy. She loves it too!
From: Lynne Keenay
Sent: Monday 19 January, 2015
I have just finished reading ‘Edge of Eternity’ after reading all the trilogy in one go. They are the best books I have ever read – and there have been lots. The story lines are so believable and also give me some history background at the same time. I can’t thank you enough for giving me such reading pleasure!!
From: Sônia Dequech
Sent: Wednesday 21 January, 2015
Dear Ken Follett
I’m a Brazilian reader of your books and I love all of them. They are a history lesson!
But I am sad because the ‘Century’ trilogy has finished!
Please, write, write, write… always more!!!
From: Dianne Scott
Sent: Wednesday 21 January, 2015
I received ‘Edge of Eternity’ for Christmas, the last of the trilogy and am half way through. I limit myself to 20 pages per day because I don’t want it to end. The last book is as amazing as the first two. Thanks Ken for great reading. I guess I will have to start reading book one again until you release another excellent book.
From: Jacquie Woudenberg
Sent: Friday 23 January, 2015
I would like to express how thankful I am for the Century Trilogy. I have grown up with dyslexia, so reading has NEVER been easy for me. I usually skip around in books, as it has always been a struggle to read, but while reading the Century Trilogy I was able to read the series in its entirety.
I began reading the series out of curiosity while I worked as a librarian at my college in Michigan, and could not help but purchase and read the 2nd and 3rd installments. These books have meant a great deal to me and I am sad to be done with them.
Thank you again for creating books that I could not put down and was able to read through entirely.
From: David Balrado
Sent: Wednesday 28 January, 2015
Dear Mr. Follett, I really enjoyed reading your Century Trilogy, from the first page to the last. I wanted to show you my appreciation and my gratefulness. Many fictional, historically accurate novels tend to drift towards clichés and are too predictable, but especially ‘Fall of Giants’ surprised me many times. Furthermore they really helped me with my history classes. Its far easier for me to remember facts if I read them in a novel than being confronted by them in class. So, thank you for writing these amazing novels, I’m looking forward to reading more of your books.
If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title