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Gentle reader

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: Kathy Pearl
Sent: Tuesday 2 June, 2015

I just want to say you have initiated the love of reading in me… I have read thus far… ‘Eye of the Needle’… ‘A Dangerous Fortune’… ‘The Pillars of the Earth’… ‘World Without End’… ‘Triple’ (I love Nat)… ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’. I am somewhat conservative by nature, but, eh… I don’t mind reading books written by a liberal. lol. I love your work. Can’t wait for new stuff!

United States

From: Dick Geordan
Sent: Tuesday 2 June, 2015

Sir Ken…
I recently finished all three of the Century trilogy stories. I used Kindle for the read. I became a fan of yours a few years ago when I read ‘Pillars’ and ‘World’. I have both books and mini-series. I was totally hooked on both of those books. The mini series added a life-like dimension. The part I enjoyed most in the Trilogy was the historical content. There was info in there that I never knew about… and I was born in 1937! I see that you are having a mini-series made of the trilogy. Any idea when it will be ready? I’m 77 and hope it’s finished before my last trip around the sun. That’s incentive enough for me to stay healthy!

United States

From: Theresa Richard
Sent: Wednesday 3 June, 2015

Mr Follett, The first book that I read was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I am an avid reader and now whenever I see your name on a book, I buy it. I am currently reading ‘The Third Twin’ and just finished reading ‘Jackdaws’. You are an interesting writer and I love how you can keep me in suspense and trying to figure the ending out! Thank You. I still have lot more of your books to read.


From: Jean Cervi
Sent: Friday 5 June, 2015

Thank you for making your writing tips available. As a writer with a number of plays, short stories and half dozen novels sitting on my shelf that I never send out to my own dismay, I am trying to finally get off the stick and take a shot at getting published. That said, I enjoyed your tips and insights — love to learn. Your insights about the books you have been reading were thoroughly enjoyable.

United States

From: David Learner
Sent: Saturday 6 June, 2015

No words, well okay four words: ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Sorry, five. Two hundred yards from my first floor window I can, and do, look out on Ely Cathedral. I’ve been in there a hundred times. My hundred and first visit will be more informed, because of your brilliance. Just stunning. Unputdownable. And (bizarrely) at 1088 pages just one page longer than the date of the cathedral at 1087. It was meant to be. Thank you!

United Kingdom

From: Chad Johnson
Sent: Monday 8 June, 2015

Happy Monday!
I just wanted to thank you! For years I fell out of love with reading… until the day I picked up ‘Fall of Giants’. That book changed my life forever. Since then a day has not gone by when I have not read your work. I have read: ‘Fall of Giants’, ‘Winter of the World’, ‘Edge of Eternity’, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘Paper Money’, ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘Code to Zero’, and I just started ‘Whiteout’!

By far my favorite is the Century series! :)

Thank you for changing my life and showing me how to love reading again!
United States

From: Michael LaFleur
Sent: Tuesday 9 June, 2015

I enjoyed the Kingsbridge books (and movie series). Most popular medieval stories, shows, and games are fixated on violence at the expense of being shallow. Your characters breathe and aspire to various goals.

I’m at your site to read the Masterclass notes. Thanks.

United States

From: Amy Corvin
Sent: Wednesday 10 June, 2015

I just had to let you know how much I enjoy your books. You’re an outstanding author! I’m forty-four years old and have never been much for reading. I was always too busy and nothing ever kept my attention for more than fifty pages. Since reading your novel ‘Fall of Giants’ four months ago, I have read ‘Winter of the World’, ‘Edge of Eternity’, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, and ‘World Without End’. That’s five novels in the past four months, more than I have ever read in my life. My family doesn’t know what’s come over me. I’m no longer doing housework or watching television because I can’t put your books down. I love them, and thanks to you, I now love to read too! Keep up the outstanding work and I will keep reading!

United States

From: William Fitzgearld
Sent: Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Ken I am about 20% into ‘Winter of the World’ and like the first book cannot put it down. I am a born history buff as my father was on the USS Whitney tied up next to several destroyers at Pearl on 12-7-41. His influence on me is never ending and I try to pass it along to my kids and friends as not only history but a lesson we should never forget. Thank you for your accurate portrayals of all in your books.

United States

From: Mohammed Derouich
Sent: Thursday 11 June, 2015

Thank you so much for the levitation moments I get every time I am reading one of your books. My wife speaks louder to get my attention every time she knows that it is you I am reading (-:

From: Stephanie
Sent: Thursday 11 June, 2015

Dear Mr. Follett,

I just finished the Century Trilogy and I am completely stunned. These books are amazing!!
I have read a lot of your books, but I must say after reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ I always thought you were a little bit overrated. I loved your other books, especially the ones from the second world war, but since that book was so popular, I was always a little bit careful with your books.

But after finishing these three books all I can say I was wrong. These three books are just masterpieces! The story and especially the characters all just fit perfectly together and I got goose bumps more than once. There have been only very few books, that really made me feel everything.

Moreover, I have to say it was a great way to repeat my history lessons from school. I know some parts are fictional, but still, it is amazing how accurate you explained some parts.

I cannot wait for these books to get on the screen, I already know I will love every minute of it.

I just wanted to say thank you for the great time you gave me with your books.

Yours sincerely!

From: Brian Nelson
Sent: Friday 12 June, 2015

Dear Ken,
Thank you. I just finished the Century Trilogy. It was fantastic. Historical novels make our history so real, so understandable, and unbelievable. Facts do not have the drama, and your books make me realize the value of ‘The Humanities’ better than I have in the past.

While I could not put the books down, I was sorry for the story to end…

Thanks again.

United States

From: Tereza Varona
Sent: Tuesday 16 June, 2015

Dear Mr Follett,
I have just finished reading ‘Edge of Eternity’ and, still deeply emotional, I would like to thank you. I was born in former Czechoslovakia close to the German border at the beginning of the eighties. I cannot remember much of the events before 1989 but I do have some childhood memories and impressions which made me strongly attached to the German family in your book. You have explained the history of my region in the world wide context way better than any history teacher had ever managed. I deeply admire your researching work and I want you to know that ‘Edge of Eternity’ is one of the best books I have ever read.
Thank you for it.

Czech Republic

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