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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: Ken Liebhart
On: Friday 1 April, 2016

Just wanted you to know that I am a huge fan. The 1st book of yours that I read was 'Eye of the Needle" and I was hooked! I am eagerly looking forward to the 3rd 'Kingsbridge' book. Which of your novels is my favorite? you should have a box for 'all'!

United States

From: Wayne
On: Saturday 2 April, 2016

Until two years ago my favourite books were ‘Centennial’ (James Mitchener), and ‘London’ and ‘Sarum’ (Edward Rutherfurd) all of which I have read multiple times ... then I read 'Pillars' and discovered Follet and my reading experience changed for ever. ‘Pillars’, ‘Fall of Giants’, ‘A Dangerous Fortune’, ‘Needle’, ‘Jackdaws’ and ‘Man from St Petersburg’ have captivated me in a way no other author has. These plots are all gripping and your style of writing is just a pleasure to read. I know I am probably just one of millions who hold this view ... but I would like to say a personal thank you.

New Zealand

From: Florence Jeannin
On: Saturday 2 April, 2016

Just love the way you knit together those five or six families all around the world in the XXth century.
Many thanks for all such wonderful reading!


From: Alex Massis
On: Thursday 7 April, 2016

I just finished ‘World Without End’. I read history books more than novels and usually I enjoy reading them more, I like history. But, I enjoyed your novel to the max. You took me to live in the history I like. I will start now reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. You changed my view of reading novels. Thank you.

From: Linda Brown
On: Thursday 7 April, 2016

I just finished listening to the Century Trilogy, and I'm going through withdrawal or post partum depression or whatever you may call it. I will miss listening to these books so much. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved the characters -- how I worried about them, cheered for them, cried for them, got a nervous feeling in my stomach during their perils, etc. The last scene in ‘Edge of Eternity’ was such a powerful scene I was sobbing. The man who read the books was spectacular. Thank you so much.

United States

From: Carolyn Morgan
On: Sunday 10 April, 2016

I want to tell you how much joy you have brought to me through your novels. I have not had the luxury of reading for enjoyment until I retired and now I am so grateful to have found your work to immerse myself in whenever I choose. You are an incredibly gifted writer; I have read four so far and look forward to the next. I wish you many more successful years of sharing your stories with the world. Thank you!

United States

From: Gerald St. James
On: Tuesday 12 April, 2016

I greatly enjoyed and appreciated your Century Trilogy.


From: Greg Ehrlacher
On: Wednesday 13 April, 2016

I just finished your trilogy... this very second with ‘Edge of Eternity’. I learned more about history from these books then I remember all my years of schooling. You are an excellent writer. Ihave enjoyed all your books and feel a sad sense of closure as I close this book. Thank you.

United States

From: Mads Eschelsen
On: Thursday 14 April, 2016

I just want to thank you for writing such amazing books. When I started reading your books, it was almost impossible for me to stop.
My favorite book is of course ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, but the Century books are also at the top of my list.
I am currently halfway though ‘Edge of Eternity’, and I have no idea what I should read afterwards.
I am very happy to hear that you are working on a new Kingsbridge novel.
I hope that you will have a great summer. And again thank you for your books!

From your biggest fan in Denmark

From: Harry Smith
On: Monday 18 April, 2016

Dear Ken
I have just finished ’The Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ I could not put them down they are both brilliant and the way that you have wrote it, you feel that you are there at the time with the people of Kingsbridge.
I am now going to start reading ‘Fall of Giants’ and am looking forward to it. The thing is I am 67 years old and do not read a lot at all but your books have got me reading, wish I had read them years ago.

Take care, and kind regards
United Kingdom

From: Lionel Saunders
On: Wednesday 20 April, 2016

I will never cease to be amazed at the span of subjects you can write about. I was blown away with ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and was on the edge of my seat the entire time I read ‘Jackdaws’. You are, unquestionably, one of the great authors of all time. I have read and enjoyed many of you books and pray that you keep them coming for many years.

United States

From: Jo Cleobury
On: Sunday 24 April, 2016

Hello Mr Follett. Well, I'm a 42 yr old female who adores reading. I have a passion for the Bronte sisters and their place of residence, Haworth in West Yorkshire. My other passion is for animals. I used to be a senior carer but I currently make furniture with a wonderful company called Hammonds.

I actually just wanted to thank you for writing the Century trilogy, I have been completely hooked (I have just started ‘Edge of Eternity’) I've always had interest in history but your books have brought it alive, they are simply wonderful. I have found myself talking about them to everyone, even people I've met on the bus to work! So like I said before, I just wanted to thank you , for creating such wonderful characters, I feel like I know them all.

Yours appreciatively,
United Kingdom

From: Col. J.J. Preston, USMC (Ret.)
On: Monday 25 April, 2016

I rarely read novels. With an M.A. in history I usually stick to the real stuff. However, on a long air plane flight I started reading your novel, ‘World Without End’. It's got to have the best description of the Battle of Crecy I've ever read. God has given you a gift. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

Semper Fidelis,
Col. J.J. Preston
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