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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: Amy Molnar
On: Monday 1 August, 2016

Dear Mr Ken Follett,
I have read nearly all your novels both in Hungarian and English. I loved ‘Edge of Eternity’, which was so authentic that it brought back my memories of the end of 80's in Hungary. Thank you so much. I was also fascinated about the fact, that 'The Pillars of The Earth', which I read at least five times was shot in Ocsa, close to Budapest.
Kind regards,

From: Brad Brown
On: Monday 1 August, 2016

Thank you for so much great entertainment! Problem is, I have now read every one of your books. Now what do I do?!!! HELP!!!

From: Roger Cordes
On: Tuesday 2 August, 2016

Just finished listening to the audio version of your trilogy and enjoyed it immensely. Dramatic, well woven and informative. So many fully-formed characters. But the scene that truly broke my heart was the last meeting between Ethel and Fitz. Exquisitely eloquently emotionally excellent! Thank you for writing these (and ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ as well).

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From: Roland Schneider
On: Tuesday 2 August, 2016

Dear Mr. Follett,

The first of your books I read was ‘Night Over Water’. I had given up on thrillers and spy novels, but yours looked intriguing. It was so well done and perfectly concluded that it made me a fan for life. Then (still 1991), by dint of reading current periodicals, I realized that the Sutherland movie, ‘Eye of the Needle’ – with its chilling story expertly rendered – was based on your book of 1978 ‘Storm Island’ [the original title of ‘Eye of the Needle’] – which I found at Barnes.

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From: Gerry Bryant
On: Friday 5 August, 2016

I'm absolutely hooked on y'r books, coming from a military career.

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From: Ramanathan Venkiteswaran
On: Thursday 4 August, 2016

I own almost all books written by you. As I am busy with my work as a paediatrician, I hardly get time to read, but try my best as your books take me to a different world. I travel a lot and that is when I catch up with reading. There is only one book ever I read without putting down - ‘Jackdaws’. Thank you for entertaining millions of readers like me.


From: Ben Aharoni
On: Tuesday 9 August, 2016

Mr. Follett,
I've just finished the remarkable novel 'The Pillars of the Earth' (translated to Hebrew) and enjoyed it so much, that next month, my wife and I will be travelling for a week in South England (Devon, Dorset).

From: Laura Dittbrenner
On: Saturday 13 August, 2016

Dear Mr. Follett, I am not much of a political reader, however, I have just finished your 'Century Trilogy' and I am so very happy that I read all three books. I am of English, German and Polish decent and reading these books gave me more insight into what my ancestors went through during those times of conflict. I am also of the age to remember the tragic years of the sixties with the assassination of four prominent leaders of those times. Reading these books, your writing and telling of the stories of all the individuals made me understand the plight of each one of them. Their triumphs and their failures. I felt part of their lives and their stories. I must also say that there where times while reading, I did shed some tears especially when the Franck family finally reunited. I have read 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'World without End' in the past. And because of those two books, I knew I had to read 'The Century Trilogy'. Thank you for your writing and your style of writing, You made me feel like I was in the scenes with each character. And for that, I am looking forward to reading more of your books and enlarging my collections of different writers. Needless to say, I am truly a huge fan !!!

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From: Bradley Ellison
On: Tuesday 16 August, 2016 to say:

Mr. Follett,

When I was in my middle-teens, in the 1980s, I checked one of your novels, ‘Eye of the Needle’, out of a library. Reading that book changed my life, from an intellectual and educational standpoint. I have not read all of your novels, but the ones I have read I have dearly loved. Your work compelled me to read other books of high quality, and finding none in contemporary literature I turned to the classics. Consequently, your writing led me to Dickens, Melville, Hawthorne, Shelley, and the like. I am now 46 years old, and I am pursuing my sixth college degree, a master's degree in English. In fact, I am about to begin taking the capstone course of my degree program. Subject to the approval of my professor, I intend to analyze ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. If approved, I will look at this novel from a post-structuralist perspective, most likely the Marxist strain of New Historicism. I conducted a search for articles that discuss your work, and found little, and I feel that an author of your capability and significance deserves better. I hope that my work will do your work justice. Thank you, sir, for your contributions to the literary world.

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From: Claudio Arena
On: Tuesday 16 August, 2016

My family really like your books, and they convinced me to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. I must say, I really enjoyed the style as well as the story!

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From: Allison Hurley
On: Sunday 21 August, 2016

Dear Ken,
Several years ago a friend recommended ‘The Pillars of the Earth' and I was immediately drawn in. I have read many of your novels since, plus I got my husband hooked by getting the two Starz miniseries based on your work. I waited and waited for each book of the Century Trilogy and was sad each time I finished one, knowing I would have to wait again. Thanks for writing such engaging books that make me feel like I know the characters, even when they "lived" almost 1 000 years ago. I was always interested in history but your novels are so engaging and I have learned so much from them while having fun.

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From: Ernest Frendo
On: Sunday 21 August, 2016

I am an avid book reader... I have started recently reading your books... I am 63 and have read hundreds of authors.
I would like to compliment you on the Edge of Eternity trilogy. Those are the best three books I have ever read in my life.
Once you start reading you literally start living with the characters. My wife has started the first novel herself and she thinks the same... best novels ever.

Funnily enough the last chapters I started slowing down as I did not want the books to end.


From: Dan Bowyer
On: Tuesday 23 August, 2016

Dear Ken,

Just wanted to say, I've not long started on ‘The Pillars of The Earth’, after it being highly recommended from my grandfather, and so far its fantastic.

I hadn't read anything in a long time, and started getting back into books generally some time last year. Yours came highly recommended, as mentioned. I finally managed to get my hands on a copy this past week, and have been instantly hooked. This will be the longest book I've ever read, but due to the great story, I'm very much looking forward to it, ha.

Just wanted to drop a message in to say thank you for this book, (and in fairness all your other works, which I will move onto after this), which have so far touched myself and my grandfather enough to pass this on as a "must read" to others.

Many thanks again,

United Kingdom

From: Marcia Chirico
On: Friday 26 August, 2016

I've finally read all of your books! You're my favorite author. It's very hard to say which book I've enjoyed the most. I was so happy to see that there will be another 'Kingsbridge' novel ... can't wait!

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From: John Clark
On: Saturday 27 August, 2016

I had just finished Winston Churchill's ‘History of the Second World War’. Through luck, chance, fate or a gift from above I came across ‘Winter of the World.’ Loved it! You gave flesh and bone to the history I had just studied. I have since ordered 8 of your books and will soon order all that are and will be published. Thank you for rewarding my faith that literature was not dead, it was only sleeping, awaiting for a true author to reawaken it.

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From: Mattie Dinick
On: Saturday 27 August, 2016

Love your books. I'm so glad that you are only 69 yrs. of age with, hopefully, many more books to come. I'm 87 and look forward to the pleasure of reading as many of your books as I can get my hands on. I can't afford your books new, but there is a thrift shop that I "haunt" searching for Ken Follett books. I found two.

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From: David Mullins
On: Monday 29 August, 2016

Dear Ken,

I love your work. I had to read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ for a Western Civilization class that I took back in 2006, ever since I have been an avid reader of your work. Keep up the great work! I am about to start your Century Trilogy. I would love to see you return eventually back to the Middle Ages. I received my degree in Medieval History, and you have a way of making that age come to life.

All the best,

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