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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: Victor Naranjo
On: Thursday 3 September, 2015

I have no words to describe what I have felt when I was reading each word of the fantastic book, ‘Edge of Eternity’.
I wrote you when I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ describing the same feelings. I think that Century novels are the best books I have read in my life, no one else have been able to arouse those feelings.

I’m 23 years old and I hope that when I will be older you could write something like that, about what is happening right now all over the world.

Thank you very much Mr. Follett.

Best regards
Victor
Spain


From: Sunetta Laskey
On: Thursday 3 September, 2015

I have read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World Without End’ and the Century Trilogy. It seems I find a character in each book that I can relate to and I lose myself in your stories. I just wanted to reach out and tell you I think you are a phenomenal writer. I recommended your books to my husband who enjoyed them and, in turn, he got his grandfather to read them. I have never written to an author before but I love your work! Have a wonderful day.

Sunetta
United States


From: Kim Cannady
On: Friday 11 September, 2015

Ken,
As a life long lover of British and Scottish culture, I just want to thank you so much for addressing one of the most important historical issues of history. My family had an office for more than 45 years in England, so my mother and I shared an incredible passion for UK History. I accidentally happened upon your mini-series and sat in anticipation of every single scene.

I have tried to explain life and what limited control that poor people had over their lives. I read your brilliantly written book after I watched the series. BRILLIANT and compassionate are the words that come to my mind. I then bought the mini-series to share with my mother. She said she was not interested in that topic or time frame. I asked her to at least watch the first episode, which she did. She surprised me by staying up to watch the entire series. I gave her my book and she, who is the most well read person I have ever met, said your book was absolutely brilliant

Thank you for your talent and sharing it with the world.
Blessings,
Kim
United States


From: Justin Byers
On: Saturday 12 September, 2015

I’m 32 years of age from Ontario, Canada. A friend of mine handed me a copy of ‘Jackdaws’ years ago knowing how much I love history. It was the first novel I have read since being in school. I was absolutely fascinated by your story telling. You hooked me right from the first paragraph. I have read all your published novels and just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. I just wanted to thank you! Book 3 was a great way to conclude the Century Trilogy and it brought me to tears at the end when the wall came down. You are an amazing writer and I long to read more of your well narrated masterpieces. It is because of you that I have renewed a passion for reading. Thank you Ken and I wish you and your family all the best!

Justin
Canada

P.S. It is hard to answer the question below stating what novels I enjoyed the most, as all your books are marvellous. I love the Century Trilogy but wanted to show love for your other works


From: Gilmer Molina
On: Sunday 13 September, 2015

Dear Mr. Follet.
I’m Gilmer Molina, a student of engineering. I’m Peruvian and it is so incredible to write you this message and more than that is the fact that you would read it.

The first book of yours that I read was ‘World Without End’. Was an amazing experience. The way you write and create one by one of the characters made me a big fan of your books. Just wanted to know if you will make a 3rd part of the saga.
The second book in my hands was ‘The Hammer of Eden’. God! I feel like I was Juddy Madox or Priest in every chapter. I confirm that you are my favourite writer.
In Peru books are expensive, but I save my money to buy my latest book ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I just want to tell you thank you so much for having that superb ability to sculpt good stories and mix it with real history.
I hope you someday will come to Peru and enjoy the time.
Have a great day, month, year and life.

Gilmer
Peru


From: Erin
On: Monday 14 September, 2015

Hi Ken, I just finished reading your Century Trilogy and I just wanted to let you know how very touched I was by your books. I absolutely loved them and I fell in love with the characters. I actually slowed down at the end because I didn't want it to end. I listened to the audiobooks and John Lee did a truly amazing job. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I loved them. Looking forward to reading more of your work. I just love how you write women! I feel like men often don't understand how the female mind works (sorry, but it's true!) but you did a tremendous job and you write such strong women. It's fantastic. And it was a great way to brush up on my world history. Anyway, thanks again. You brought me a lot of joy.

Sincerely,

Erin
United States


From: Emma Rose Lewis
On: Friday 18 September, 2015

Dear Mr. Follett,

I am Emma Rose Lewis and I’m a first year Arts Management student in university in Ohio (originally from Pennsylvania). I have read a few of your books over my high school years. I first read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ when I was 15 on a trip to Europe. I loved every part of it. Most recently I have finished ‘Winter of the World’, and I’ve just started ‘Edge of Eternity’.

I love your work for a three primary reasons. My dad and I have bonded quite a bit from reading your work and discussing it. Your work also is some of the most beautiful work I have ever read. It’s raw, it’s real. This leads me to my third reason of the powerful characters you’ve painted. I connect with many of your characters, but Carla in ‘Winter of the World’ is the character I have connected with the most. She and I have many of the exact same personality traits. This has given me more confidence and sense of self.

I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for me. I went through a very dark time a little over a year ago, and I had stopped reading among many other things because of that dark time. At the end of that darkness, I started reading again. It was ‘Fall of Giants’ that I read first and that has been a shining light in my life.

You’ve given so many wonderful novels to the world. Thank you for your work and for helping me recover. One day I hope to meet and work with you, but for now I give you all my best wishes.

Emma
United States


From: Joston Nongkynrih
On: Friday 18 September, 2015

Mr. Follett,
I just wanted to give you a humble “THANK YOU” on being such an incredible writer. I had just completed ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ today and i couldn’t help my self on giving you this thankful message.

With the best of my regards a heartfelt THANK YOU again.

Joston
India


From: Daniel Wilson
On: Monday 21 September, 2015

I was an avid book reader when I was young. I remember spending summers excited for my next book while reading my current one. Somewhere along the way I got too busy to read, I would try and nothing ever grabbed me. My grandmother and I would always discuss what book she was reading at the time and ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ came up. I was immediately interested in the idea. She would talk to me about characters that would span their lifetimes, it was if she was intimately aware of them. Like they were family to her. I had never seen her so invested in characters before.

The next time I saw her she had purchased me the book. I began reading it and instantly pictured this world and the characters. Life would interrupt sometimes and it would be months where I couldn't read it. But I was amazed because I remembered everything so vividly. So on and off I would read this book and get lost in the world and the characters that I loved and hated so much. I just finished ‘Pillars’ this week and I plan on restarting it and reading through this book continuously. I’ll read other books, I plan on reading ‘World Without End’ immediately, but I always want to be in this world and be surrounded by these people.

I never send fan mail. This is my first time doing something like this. I just wanted to tell you thank you. Thank you for sharing this world with us. Thank you for making these characters a part of my family. This is my favorite book of all time and I doubt that will ever change.

Daniel
United States


From: Sridharan
On: Tuesday 29 September, 2015

Dear Sir
The first of Ken’s books that I read ‘The Third Twin’. It is hard to put it down! Really Ken inviting readers to live in it. Congratulations for giving us this wonderful novel. The next one I read was ‘The Hammer of Eden’ Here again continuous action started with the help of the ‘seismic vibrator’ — skillful writing! A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. It is crystal clear, Ken’s novels always tell us the truth about its hero! Thanks for Ken’s wonderful writings which always have unexpected twists and action with unique characters. Well done Mr Ken.

Sridharan
India


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