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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: Norman McGarry
On: Friday 1 July, 2016

Finished ‘World Without End’. Awesome book. So intense that I read some paragraphs several times to fully absorb them. Took a long time, though. I started it then read the entire Century trilogy (which was also incredibly awesome) before returning to finish ‘World Without End’. One main thing I took away from the book is that the world has not changed much since the 1300s. Maybe you had that in mind when you chose the title. Anyway I have read all or almost all of your books and very much enjoyed them all. Whatever the subject, please keep on writing.

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From: Michal
On: Thursday 7 July, 2016

Good evening Mr. Follett
As time permits, I have been reading your novels for a few years now and have just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’. After reading 'The Pillars of the Earth' and 'World Without End', I decided to purchase all your novels. Every person I've recommended 'Pillars of the Earth' to has come back to tell me it is the best novel they have ever read. Your style of writing really captures the reader and engages them as they read your books which makes it very difficult to stop reading. Even when the reader has stopped, they constantly think of what lies ahead. I look forward to reading 'A Column of Fire' and hope to to read many more. Keep up the great work!

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From: Becky White
On: Tuesday 12 July, 2016

I have really enjoyed the nine book of yours that I have read so far. They are difficult to put down and stop reading. :-) I particularly enjoy the novels about World War II.
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From: Karen Lorge
On: Thursday 14 July, 2016

My all time favorites are the Century Trilogy books. On my third reading of ‘Winter of the World’, because it is my favorite and I am researching this time period. I ‘fell in love’ with you as an author while reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Enjoying your Masterclass!

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From: Brett McPherson
On: Friday 15 July, 2016

Hello Ken. I became a huge fan of yours when I was asked to read ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ for a history class in college. The professor thought that it gave an excellent example of ethnocentrism. That was over ten years ago and I have read all of your work since. I just read ‘Hornet Flight’ for the second time and I was curious if anyone has ever approached you about making it into a movie as I think it would be an amazing adaptation. Thank you for what you do and how you do it. I think my personal favorite is the Century Trilogy now which I have read through twice. I am very much looking forward to your next work.

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From: Lawrie Chiaro
On: Sunday 17 July, 2016

I'm on page 638 of ‘Edge of Eternity’ ... wanted to stop for a minute and thank you. I am so enjoying the Century Trilogy. More than from any other book or movie I am learning from you the exciting history of so many nations. I'm delighted to have discovered your books.

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From: Lois Helwig
On: Sunday 17 July, 2016

Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read. I am looking forward to reading ’A Column of Fire’. I loved the Fall of Giants trilogy. I am currently reading ‘Lie Down With Lions’.

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From: Dave Drynan
On: Tuesday 19 July, 2016

Greetings, Ken!
I just finished ‘World Without End’ a month or two after ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I love the world that you created around Kingsbridge that I didn't want to leave it just yet! I can't recall when I've enjoyed any book as much, let alone two! Brilliant storytelling ... Merthin and Caris are as real to me as ... well, anyone! All the best to you and thanks so much for your gifts!

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From: Vijay Phadke
On: Tuesday 19 July, 2016

Just finished reading ‘Winter of the World’. What a lovely piece of literature.


From: Margaret Turnbull
On: Wednesday 20 July, 2016

Wow! I just finished the Century Trilogy and I'm in tears because I will miss these characters. It was the most enjoyment I've ever gotten out of three books. I am going to miss them. It was wonderful the way you took us into the lives of all of these people, on both sides of the world. I loved it! Thank you!


From: Alison Kelly
On: Sunday 24 July, 2016

Dear Ken

I am currently reading ‘Winter of the World’ and find it breathtakingly superb. I'm half way through it. I've read ‘Rebecca’, ‘The Man from St Petersburg’, ‘Eye of the Needle’ – all of which I have loved. My husband has too.
How do you write such fascinating and informative books?
Thank you!

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From: David Graebner
On: Monday 25 July, 2016

The Century Trilogy was some of the best reading of my book loving life. Your books made cold Michigan winters better. The characters, details and plots were so enjoyable to read,your books are so original and stories are very diverse. How do you get all these ideas? I look forward to keeping up with future books of yours and I strongly feel you are going to deliver.

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From: Pierrette Hamilton
On: Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Thank you for the wonderful hours of reading you have provided to me. I first enjoyed ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, then started The Century Trilogy. I have just finished the trilogy and am sorry for that. May you live a very long life and continue to educate us and entertain us.
Thank you so much.


From: Sylvie
On: Saturday 30 July, 2016

Dear Ken Follett,

I have just finished ‘Edge of Eternity’ (’Aux portes de l’éternité’) and I loved the three books. I am very interested in novels regarding the First and the Second World Wars. I am French and one of my grandfathers was at Verdun during the First World War and my other grandfather was a prisoner in Germany during the Second World war.

I was in Berlin in November 1989 and I have, at home, some pieces of the wall. The end of ‘Edge of Eternity’ was very moving for me. I don’t know why, but I have always been interested in Berlin and in the wall.

I have a dream…. it is to write a novel with the stories of my grandfathers. I think you showed me the way! Thank you very much for that.



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