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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: Sian Gibbes
Sent: Thursday 2 April, 2015

‘Edge of Eternity’. I am on page 929 (out of 1 098) and I do NOT want to finish this book; the whole trilogy has given me so much pleasure that it will hurt my heart to end it all!

What a superb story teller you are Mr Follett; thank you.
Sian
United States


From: Barry Dick
Sent: Friday 3 April, 2015

Dear Mr. Follett,

I’m an avid reader of fiction novels and ‘discovered’ you about a year ago. I’ve read a few of your books and enjoyed them all. But when I read ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, I literally couldn’t put it down.

This is the only time I’ve ever written to an author. I hope that tells you how much I loved this book. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment you have given me through your writing.

Sincerely,

Barry
United States


From: Erika Signori
Sent: Friday 3 April, 2015

…thanks, thanks, thanks…

for my head, for my heart, for my emotions, for my intelligence, for my culture…

…simple for my life…

Erika
Italy


From: Nick Brisson
Sent: Friday 3 April, 2015

Mr. Follett,

I’m writing to thank you for your great work that is the Century trilogy. I just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ and I’m thrilled that I ever discovered them.
My German grandparents immigrated to Canada after WWII so your books really helped me understand the hardships they had to endure in those days.

Being a younger Canadian, I didn’t have much of an understanding of the struggles and conflicts that the 20th century brought with it. This series gave me a new appreciation for my rights and freedoms and all the sacrifices people have made for future generations.

Thanks again for sharing your gift of writing with us all.

Cheers,
Nick
Canada


From: Janeth Tello
Sent: Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Congrats on all the work done so far. Each and every novel read has brought me a genuine pleasure. After reading six of them, I’m so impressed of all the hard work I’m sure you and your team have been through. The stories and characters make me want to keep reading. After waiting two weeks to get the English version of Edge of Eternity online, right now, I’m beginning to read it and I’m always excited to read more!

Janeth
Mexico


From: Keith Williams
Sent: Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Just finished The Century trilogy and was enthralled by every page of the three huge volumes. Well done. Next is ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, recommended by my wife. Brilliant!

Keith
United Kingdom


From: Peter McKechnie
Sent: Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Dear Mr Follett,
Thanks to this great invention which is the internet I am able to thank you for introducing me (via a work colleague) to the joy a great novel brings. When I was about 28 years old I used to give a work mate, Joe, a lift into work, he was the type of person who you seldom see now who always seems to be carrying a novel. When I told him that I have never read a novel and that it wouldn’t appeal to me he said that if he lent me a book and I read it I would be a “reader” for the rest of my days. He lent me the book, I read it and 17 years later I seldom pass a day without reading. The joy people like you and other great authors bring us mere mortals is immense and I will be forever in the debt of you and Joe.

The book I hear you ask? ‘The Third Twin’. LOL. Years later when I asked why not ‘Pillars’ he said he didn’t want to scare me with the size.

Peter
United Kingdom


From: Léonie Hivin
Sent: Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Dear Ken Follett,
I don’t have any special questions or request for you, but I just wanted to thank for the awesome novels you write! Being able to create such a detailed new world really is the proof of you being an exceptionally talented author. I appreciate the length from your book, you really have time to feel immersed in it! And I am also glad you don’t use unnecessarily difficult or technical terms which makes everyone able to understand your novels – even foreigners such as me can read them in their original language! I also like the way everything is linked, I am often wondering how you figure it out not to forget one character until the end of a book, and even how you can have so much inspiration for always inventing new ones! I also like the background, often historical which also learns us a lot and often gives another point of view on some events (even if it is fiction and not a historical book!).

Thanks for all that time spent reading your novels! I often keep a “Ken Follett” for periods when I am a bit unhappy, or depressed and more, when I have enough time to really appreciate the book, because I know that I’ll for sure spend a good time!

Take care and good luck and inspiration for future novels!

A devoted reader from France!
LÉonie
France


From: Agota Siposr
Sent: Wednesday 8 April, 2015

I just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ and I just wanted to say that the whole Century trilogy is incredibly moving work that is really in its own caliber of literature. I’ve enjoyed reading every second of it, and wanted to thank you for creating these stories.

Agota
United States


From: Claudia Araujo
Sent: Sunday 12 April, 2015

Dear Ken,
I have just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. I have no words to describe it. It proves that you are, undoubtedly, one of the greatest authors of all time.

Congratulations on your work.

Claudia
Portugal


From: Andre Lebon
Sent: Tuesday 14 April, 2015

Dear Sir
I have just finish your Century trilogy. Thank you sir, a great moment of reading. A fantastic journey into history and a very solid drama.

Un grand moment de lecture Merci

Andre
Canada


From: Liz Graham
Sent: Thursday 16 April, 2015

Have just finished the Century trilogy and as always I was held captive and entranced until I had finished it. It was so good to catch up on the lives and people I had come to know over the last few years. It was sad too to say the long goodbye to those older characters from ‘Fall of Giants’. I love the Kingsbridge novels and am so glad you have decided to write another book to add to my collection. Thank you for my hours and hours of escape and imagination.

Liz
United Kingdom


From: Lidwina
Sent: Friday 17 April, 2015

Thank you for the Century Trilogy. These books are so important! They make me understand my history lessons from school better. Yalta and the Cuba crisis and so much more, they were just facts, but have come to live now.

I’ve been to East Germany and Russia during the Cold War and was so happy when the Wall was broken down. To read now how people were standing there, on both sides, waiting for the gates to finally open. I cried. Same when reading the Martin Luther King speech. I heard his famous voice when reading the text.

It is good these things are written down now, in this trilogy. It will make it easier for the new generation to know and understand what happened in the past. And hopefully help them to make better decisions.

Thank you!
Lidwina
Netherlands


From: John B Murphy
Sent: Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Dear Ken,

Thank you for the great me joy I’ve received from reading the Century trilogy. What an incredible story revealing the human tragedy of the times most of us grew up in. I have come to understand the 20th century from the inside out, a great way to learn history and the real effect it has on the narrative of individuals lives. I now look forward to exploring your other titles. I am highly recommending the trilogy to my friends and relatives. I am also enjoying your advice on writing.

Again thank you.

Kind regards
John
Ireland


From: Ruth O’Donnell
Sent: Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Hi Ken,

I feel compelled to write to you to express how much the Century Trilogy has affected me. I am always on the hunt for good historical fiction and I have thoroughly enjoyed your books. I am in the final phases of completing my PhD which I have found harrowing and overwhelmingly challenging. In the last few months, during the last few challenges, your books have picked me up and positively distracted me.

You have a superb talent. Thank you.

Ruth
Ireland


From: David Johnson
Sent: Thursday 23 April, 2015

I have just finished reading ‘The Third Twin’. It is a long time since I have read a book as good. I couldn’t put it down. My problem now is which one your other books I am going to read next.

David
United Kingdom


From: Anne Todd
Sent: Saturday 25 April, 2015

Thank you for many hours of enjoyment. I love learning about history while living vicariously in the passionate loves you describe. Every one of your books has drawn me into its spell. I tell people how lovely it is to be retired and now free to read, read, read for days!

Reading Jackdaws now!

Thanks, Ken for the hours of enjoyable, educational, and absorbing reading.
Anne
United States


From: Craig Ross
Sent: Tuesday 28 April, 2015

I’m not exactly sure why I’m writing this but I just finished reading ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’, my 13th Ken Follett book. Ever since reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I have been hooked on the way you write. You are definitely my favorite author. I love how you mix fiction with historically accurate events. The most recent trilogy was brilliant. I guess I just wanted you to know.

Craig
United States


From: Daniel Delgado
Sent: Wednesday 29 April, 2015

Dear Mr. Follett: There’s so many things i wanted to say, but the words seem to vanish! You’re one of my favourites authors, your books are one of the I enjoyed the most. Even I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ over and over again since my youth. The Century trilogy is amazing! You have no idea of much I enjoyed the first one and now I’m reading the second one. I already have ‘Edge of Eternity’ and I can’t wait to start it. Mr. Follett, I only hope to meet you one day and let you now in person my full respect and all my admiration.

Best regards.
Daniel
Venezuela


From: Loren Jones
Sent: Thursday 30 April, 2015

Dear Mr Follett, I just finished the Century Trilogy and the only thing wrong with it is that it ended.
For the past few months I’ve been driving around my home town, San Francisco, listening to your great story on audio book.
Half of it takes place during my lifetime. Thank you for taking me on such a journey. I loved it!
Best wishes,

Loren
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