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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: Annamaria Bossi
On: Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Dear Mr Follet,
I feel the need to share my thoughts from reading your "Bad Faith" memory.

I was impressed with what you wrote about ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and the effect of this book on you as a "lapsed atheist". Well, after reading ‘ Pillars’, my life suddenly changed. I have come close to spirituality, beginning a path of faith that has brought me, a Catholic from birth, to approach the Calvinist Protestant world of the Valdese Church, to which I now happily belong.

Only this I meant, that ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ has been central to my life!

Sincerely grateful.

From: Margaret Karrel
On: Tuesday 1 August, 2017

‘Hornet Flight’. Stayed up all night reading and cannot put this book down. You are such an amazing writer. Looking forward to reading your other novels. I have already read 3-4 of your other novels... they are just the best. You are enriching lives of so many around the world.

Thank you.

From: Kym Robertson
On: Wednesday 2 August, 2017

I listen to your books whilst I deliver the mail in Reading and you, via your books, lift me above the dull dreary at times wet days into worlds far more interesting and educational than any other books I have listened to. I have been a postie now for 30 years and I have listened to loads of books -- some good,some lame and some that become friends that just get you through weeks you just know that are going to be pants. So thanks for all the time, effort and research you have put into the Kingsbridge trilogy as it is by far the best listen and my go-to series.

Thanks to you I have read Pevsner’s book and visited various cathedrals in order to put flesh on the bones of ‘Pillars’.

Bless you and again thank you
United Kingdom

From: Robert Wiener
On: Friday 4 August, 2017

Your historical novels are among the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

United States

From: Julio Cesar
On: Saturday 5 August, 2017

Hello Sir Follett, my name is Julio Caesar, I'm from Spain and I'm 15 years old.
First of all, I gonna say you that I love all your novels, but the Kingsbridge books more if it's possible.
I started to write four years ago and know I'm going to publish my second book, and I'm working in my third too, about the Medieval Ages in Barcelona, and you inspired me so much.


From: Manuela Matos
On: Wednesday 9 August, 2017

I really appreciate your books and I‘m looking forward to reading ‘A Column of Fire’.


From: Paul Karp
On: Friday 11 August, 2017

Dear Mr. Follett,

I have never written to an author before. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is my favorite novel of all time. I loved ‘World Without End’ equally. I just finished ‘Winter of the World’. It is rare that a book moves me to tears. I am a second generation American of Eastern European/Jewish descent. My extended family hailing from the Ukraine and Belarus all died in the Nazi concentration camps. Your descriptions of the Nazi rise to power and their fall moved me in ways I did not think possible. I absolutely loved the book and wanted to thank you for the immense joy I had devouring it. I can't wait to read the third instalment of the Century Trilogy. I feel like the families are old friends. When I heard that there would be a sequel to ‘World Without End,’ I was ecstatic!

Thanks so much for the hours of enjoyment. I am just a huge fan.


United States

From: Anne Marie Riou
On: Saturday 12 August, 2017

Hello, Ken, (Master of the Pen)
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your book, ‘Eye of the Needle’, it is on my top three best ever list. It is the first of yours that I have read but will, most certainly, not be the last! I am no critic, but always have a book on the go and know a good one when I read it. I think that what really made it stand out, was how absolutely real it was! The emotion on the pages was amazing, I cried at more than one point. (I never do that!) I live on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, I am 57 years old and I am a contractor. I do painting & renovations and have recently opened a Laser Therapy Clinic but a recession has hit our province so I am still painting away to keep my office open. I'm fine with that though, actually, I do love painting and woodwork. The feeling of accomplishment at the end of a job well done, is huge and he gratitude of the customer can be almost overwhelming sometimes. I am sure you must be able to relate to that when you get a letter like this one. Thank you for the best book I have read in years & years, I am going to pass it on to my dearest sister so we can talk about it later, as I know she will love it too. She is my Irish twin and we are ridiculously the same!

Anne Marie

From: Richard Langley
On: Monday 14 August, 2017

I recently picked up 'A Place Called Freedom' I couldn’t put it down, it is such a fantastic book, all my family worked in the coal mines, so we know about the hidden dangers underground. Thank you for writing such wonderful books.

United Kingdom

From: Joseph Mellon
On: Monday 14 August, 2017

Good afternoon, Mr. Follett,
I would like to express to you my excitement for your upcoming sequel to the Kingsbridge saga, 'A Column of Fire', and thank you for writing such an engaging story.

I came across 'The Pillars of the Earth' by complete accident, while looking for a new series to start reading at my local library. Immediately, I was entranced. Never before had I been taken into a world so full of detail and wonder, full of characters that I can love (Jack and Aliena) and characters I loathe (William and Waleran Bigod). I never new a fictitious story would make me feel very real emotions.

I continued my journey in Kingsbridge when I found a copy of 'World Without End' at a 'leave a book, take a book' event at the college I attended at the time, and was once again entranced.

I do apologize for the long-winded message to you, and I'm sure you have better things to do than read fan mail, but I do thank you for the opportunity to send you this message. Both 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'World Without End' are my favorite books, and I'm sure 'Column of Fire' will soon be added.

Thank you, again, for such a wonderful tale.

United States

From: Arie Alterman
On: Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Hi... only to tell you that you are a wonderful writer. I loved all your books and have at my home now 13 of your amazing books. I wish u all the best and keep write many more wonderful books.


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