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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: Yasmin Natalia Espinoza Goecke
On: Monday 2 May, 2016

Dear Ken
I’m Yasmin Espinoza from Chile but currently living in Vienna. I just wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you no your Century Trilogy. I’m an avid reader and I cannot be without a book in my hands, still an old fashioned person since I prefer the feel of a real book to electronic versions.

I was not aware of your books until I ran into the first volume of this trilogy at my work in the UN here in Vienna. I personally love historical novels, and I have such imagination that I tend to really get into the book and closest relate to the characters which can be hard after I finish the book!

These books had been particularly special to me since they accompanied me during difficult times at a personal level... Is fair to say that my life was in one way at the beginning of the book and today after reading the last pages is completely different. I was reflecting the other day how I could relate to some of your characters and the different circumstances I was experiencing during that rollercoaster that had been my life lately.

I’m not use to write this kind of emails but just wanted to congratulate you on these amazing books, your ability to combine fiction with history, to bring to life such relevant historic characters with all their humanity as well as creating characters with whom everybody could relate. In many ways your books had been the best company I could haven during some hectic times.

Kind regards

Yasmin
Austria


From: Grace Jorgensen
On: Tuesday 3 May, 2016

I am finishing ‘Eye of the Needle’ for the second time. I am enjoying it more than the first. A suspenseful book that I can't put down.
Grace
United States


From: Beth Jenkins
On: Saturday 7 May, 2016

Just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ and am crying. What a wonderful wonderful book. I saw my life and all my hopes in this book. Watched these very events unfold. .. in this scary political climate today your book gave me a new perspective on the time and urgency I feel. I have hope. Thank you.

Beth
United States


From: Lisa-Marie Schlangen
On: Tuesday 10 May, 2016

Dear Mr. Follett,

I really love all of your books. It's inspiring for such a young woman as I am to read about strong women as presented in your books. I really like your style of writing and I think that your novels helped me to understand a lot of things in history and to remember them. Thank you for your books and I hope that you will write some more.

Greetings from Germany,

Lisa-Marie
Germany


From: Jilly Walden
On: Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Hi Ken

Just thought I would message you to say how much I am enjoying your books. I was never a massive reader until I discovered you! I started with ‘Jackdaws’ then ‘Lie Down With Lions’ then ‘Fall of Giants’ which I loved.

I saved the best till last as 'The Pillars of the Earth' must be the best book I have ever read! I have now discovered other authors but none grip me like your stories. Keep the great reads coming!

Jilly
United Kingdom


From: Mark Noce
On: Tuesday 17 May, 2016

Hi Ken Follett!
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your novels, especially ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, ’Jackdaws’, and ‘World Without End’, just to name a few! I particularly love the eras and settings in your work, and of course your fantastically written characters.

My debut historical novel, ‘Between Two Fires’, comes out with St. Martin’s Press this August, and is set in medieval Wales. I just wanted to let you know how big a fan I am of your books and how your novels have been an inspiration in my own writing.

Thank you so much and take care:)
Mark
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