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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: Karen Simons
On: Saturday 3 October, 2015

Ken,

Thank you for your wonderful books! I am just now beginning the epic adventures you write. Went straight from 1200 to WWII. Whew! Talk about jetlag! Have learned a lot. Appreciate the tale well researched and well told. Reading your books is like being there; as a result I have been allowed to live many centuries and meet many people from many places. What a treat and blessing!

Karen
United States


From: Michael Belt
On: Saturday 3 October, 2015

Dear Ken Follet,

I've just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ having read all three books in The Century Trilogy. I've never written to an author before but I've felt compelled to write to you from the moment I started reading ‘Edge of Eternity’ since I find your writing style fascinating.

Following your characters through history has both educated and inspired me. Your ability to see each countries perspective in all your character's points of view has made me realise how important understanding actual events in history really is. There was many a time when I turned to my girlfriend and said "Did you know.." after reading, the aftermath of WW2 in Germany particularly shocked me.

As a student studying a Masters in Literature I want you to know that you're officially one of my favourite writers, there are books 100 pages long that I've struggled with a lot more than your 1000 page novels. Your writing style is accessible and I've never whizzed through a long book so quickly and yet remembered so many facts at the end.

I'd like to thank you for writing these books and commend you for the hard work you've put into all of your writing. Somewhere in a small apartment in Reims, France, you've made a sometimes homesick student feel a little closer to his past.

Best regards,
Michael
United Kingdom


From: Rose Greene
On: Friday 16 October, 2015

I'm so disappointed after finishing ‘World Without End’ because I'm convinced I'll never read another book as good! I was riveted; my husband was constantly asking me at night, 'Are you still up?' because I couldn't stop reading this book until I couldn't see anymore or I dropped my Kindle as I dozed off. I look forward to working my way through your list of books. I have just started having time to read after retiring from 45 years as an RN. Thank you.

Rose
United States


From: Javier Noguchi
On: Friday 16 October, 2015

Ken, I thoroughly enjoy your writing style and story lines. Looking forward to other reads, as I believe, I've read about 80% of your published work. My kids (17 and 14) and I are big fans of yours.
Sincerely,

Javier
United States


From: 'Skykingthule'
On: Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Just finished ‘Fall of Giants’ and really enjoyed mixing fiction with great WW1 era facts. Look forward to more of your novels. All the best to you and yours.

Skykingthule
Canada


From: Jill Riggs
On: Wednesday 21 October, 2015

I love your books. My first introduction to you was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I couldn't put it down. I recently read ‘Night Over Water ‘and, again, loved it! I've recently started ‘Fall of Giants’. I'm on the look out for the next two in the series before I move! Thank you for making history fun, having strong characters, and moments of "what happens next"! I love how all of the characters and their stories are related!

I finished 'Fall of Giants' last week. I loved the ending. My favorite characters were Ethel, Billy, and Grigori. It is an amazing book and a wonderful read.

Thank you for your books. I can't get enough! Now my goal is to read them all.

Jill
United States


From: Andy Henderson
On: Wednesday 21 October, 2015

I've read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ‘World without End’ and I just finished your Century trilogy (today actually). I turn 30 tomorrow and my wife said she would buy me a book so I am excited to start another book of yours. I am going to get ‘Eye of the Needle’ next and then hopefully branch off to more of your spy/espionage thriller books. I don't mean to rant, I just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do. The historical aspects have helped me get more interested in things that happened before I was born that I've always wondered about and its great to see the historical context mixed with your writing. The books are all really great and I love recommending them to friends and family. So, thank you.

Andy
United States


From: Elisa Bondi
On: Thursday 22 October, 2015

Only a few words to describe my deep love for your books... extremely amazing, totally exciting and never boring, from the first to the last page.

The first book I read was 'The Pillars of the Earth': it fascinated me so much that I started reading 'World Without End' as soon as I finished it. Now I've got seventeen of your books and I wish to complete my little collection.
The thing I like the most in your books is the suspense: when I start reading, it's neary impossible to stop... I feel as if I am in the same story. In addition, the historical setting is so accurate!

Waiting for your masterpieces....

Elisa
Italy


From: Yvonne
On: Thursday 22 October, 2015

I have just finished listening to the CDs of ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’. As I was a quite young at the time of the Second World War, your books have opened my mind to much of the history I was not aware of. I love the way you write and how you weave fiction with the events. I am waiting for ‘Edge of Eternity ‘to be available at my library (it is in circulation now). Please keep writing these fantastic books and have them on CDs. As you can tell, I am elderly and love to listen rather than read. It makes the stories so much more entertaining. Thank you again for the trilogy...

Yvonne
United States


From: An avid reader
On: Thursday 22 October, 2015

I've only read three of your books so far, but I can tell you they are absolutely fabulous. I plan to read them all!

An avid reader
United States


From: Maureen Kingston
On: Saturday 24 October, 2015

I have just read and thoroughly enjoyed 'A Place Called Freedom'. Thank you. 'Eye of the Needle' was the first book that the suspense got to me.
Maureen
Australia


From: Emily Benardout
On: Sunday 25 October, 2015

I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’a few weeks ago and fell in love, and over the last few weeks I've set about reading everything else you've written! I just wanted to say thank you so much, your stories are always dramatic and your characters (heroes and villains alike) engrossing.
I can't wait for your Kingsbridge sequel.

Best wishes,
Emily


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