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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: Ilmari Polojärvi
On: Thursday 2 June, 2016

Thank you so much for your short master class. I've been trying to get my many novels finished for so many years, and your basic process notes have really helped me see the way forward with my work.

Your generosity of spirit in sharing these ideas: much appreciated!

Best wishes,
Ilmari
United States


From: Aurélian Ranquet
On: Tuesday 7 June, 2016

I'm one of your French fans. I love how you describe history, including personal feelings of your characters.
I loooooove you.

Aurélian
France


From: Nino Nicolosi
On: Friday 10 June, 2016

Dear Mr Follett

I have always enjoyed immensely your work and you are, in absolute, my favourite Author.

It is quite difficult to put into words what your work has meant to me over the years. My father in Italy gifted me ‘Eye of the Needle’ (La cruna dell'ago) and I remember that I finished reading it in a few days, I could not physically put it down and to this day it is still so vivid in my memory the life of Faber. I still remember my father saying: " There you are start with this and you shall see!". I still have that original copy with me.
I now live in England, in the beautiful Cotswolds, and my father in law, unbelievably, loved your work too and you were his favourite author too. I was initially very surprised but pleased of how two different men living in two so different worlds loved the same author with the same passion and enthusiasm.

‘Eye of the Needle’ definitely started me into reading in general and a lot of your other books but what I found interesting was that I was purchasing your work off the shelf, without checking the stories first as I always knew I would find your books of great interest and pleasure. I love the details, the pace, the reconstruction of certain scenes ... in a way that I visually picture the whole atmosphere and the story characters in my mind. Above all, your writing style is unique. Sorry for my verbose message, nothing that you don't know already I am sure.

All the best
Nino
Gloucestershire, England


From: Anthar Sánchez
On: Monday 13 June, 2016

Hi, Mr. Follett!

I hope you're well. I've always liked history and novels, so an uncle who really made me like him more gave me ‘Fall of Giants’ for the Christmas before the last. I'm from Chile so I read it in Spanish, though. I absolutely loved it! It just trapped me inside the story when I read the first words! Now I'm writing this message to you because I've finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. And I plan to read all your books someday because you really know how to write a good story.

Yours sincerely,
Anthar
Chile


From: Brian Equinda
On: Thursday 16 June, 2016

Dear Mr. Follett,

Whether you read this email or not is the same to me, its a matter of trying. Similar to how you must have felt when you wrote your first novel. Let me send my bottle into the ocean and see what I receive. My sister told me to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, 6-7 years ago. Since then I have become obsessed with your works. Your attention to facts and history is amazing. Your stories of overcoming circumstances even more so. Your mysteries; they all make sense. You are a masterful story teller and a masterful historian. I read now a ‘A Place called Freedom’ that is more relevant to where I live 200 plus years later than most could ever imagine. Human rights in colonial Scotland and England were heavily contested, yet we forget and or allow what happens in American Appalachia today.

I own all your novels and will not read another until I have completed your collection.

Thank you for your time and stories.

Regards,

Brian
United States


From: Sandy Graham
On: Friday 17 June, 2016

Dear Mr. Follett - - Never in my life have I read a book three times (even twice) until ‘Pillars’. I e-mailed you years ago telling you that it was my favorite book of all time, and that is still the case. I've just finished ‘Pillars’ (3rd time) and ‘World Without End’ (2nd time). Many very late nights, I couldn't put the book down . I've heard a rumor that you are writing a 3rd in the Pillars series? I truly hope so. Thank you for these riveting tales, and I look forward to more from you!
Sandy
United States


From: Philip Baum
On: Friday 17 June, 2016

As a dedicated student of history, I find novels the most entertaining and effective means of understanding how events affected the ordinary people of the times. You and Michener have long been my favorite authors of any genre. I have ‘joyously’ read all your works. ‘Edge of Eternity’ is the most enjoyable novel I have ever read (living through those times helped). Thank you.

Philip
United States


From: Trevor Emans
On: Friday 17 June, 2016

Hope you don't mind me calling you Ken! I'm currently reading 'A Place called Freedom', which I am enjoying immensely and like most of your novels I find difficult to put down. My son introduced me to your work , and I read a 'moth-eaten' ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ which had been well read by others and I went on to 'World Without End' both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then picked up ' Code to Zero' and 'A Place called Freedom'. You are an excellent story teller and your range of topics you write about is amazing. Well done!

Trevor
United Kingdom


From: David Reid
On: Wednesday 22 June, 2016

Dear Mr Follett, I am 72 years old and have just finished the last of your trilogy which has brought back many memories of the history surrounding my lifetime. I personally wanted to thank you for your outstanding works and let you know what enjoyment I have got from your books.

Thank you!
David
Australia


From: Lauren Larson
On: Saturday 25 June, 2016

I am 19 years old and I would someday like to be a writer. I read your novel 'The Pillars of The Earth' when I was 13. It was an absolutely profound experience for me and I have recommended it to almost every avid reader I've met since.
I also read the sequel and I was blown away yet again. I can confidently say your writing is the best I have ever read and I tell all of my close friends the same thing. I hope that one day I can be just as great as you but in my own writing style. Thank you for your work!
Lauren
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