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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: Henry Haskins
On: Thursday 2 November, 2017

Hello Ken, I’m a big fan of your writing and to date I’ve read 10 of your books. I’ve just finished ‘A Dangerous Fortune’. What a wonderful book. I could not put it down often reading late into the night. I’ve just ordered your trilogy of books and I’m sure I’ll end up reading all your work. Thank you Ken, I’m a fan of your work.

United Kingdom

From: Andrew Martin
On: Friday 3 November, 2017

‘The Pillars of the Earth’ has been the most influential book in my life full of influential books. It inspired me to become a medievalist and and eventually a docent at the Gothic Washington National Cathedral. Thank you so much. If you ever do an event in Washington DC, I would love to come.

United States

From: Paul Davies
On: Friday 3 November, 2017

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed ‘A Column of Fire’. Great book, superbly written.

United Kingdom

From: Kirk Kinamon
On: Saturday 4 November, 2017

Sir, your work is the best I have ever read. You are hands down my favorite author, thank you for sharing your wonderful writing style!

United States

From: Manuel Diaz
On: Sunday 5 November, 2017

Mr Ken Follett, I have recently discovered your work. Your literature is amazing. Thanks for creating the most beautiful cathedral made out of the most sublime as well as strong material (words).

United States

From: Ed McCarthy
On: Monday 6 November, 2017

Just completed reading ‘A Column of Fire’. Absolutely wonderful. Congratulations to you and your team on transporting us back in time with such creativity and excitement! Have read all the books and have the DVDs of ‘Eye of the Needle’, ‘Pillars of the Earth, and ‘World Without End’ -- all great. Hope you are still getting time to play bass!


From: Mark Beaumont
On: Monday 6 November, 2017

Thanks. I am a semi-retired nuclear engineer who spent one year working at Sellafield. Your novels have given me endless enjoyment, especially on long flights since I have travelled a lot in my career. You teach history as you write which especially useful to 'Americans' since this isn't taught in our schools!
United States

From: Linda Eades
On: Friday 10 November, 2017

Love is not a strong enough word for your writing. Thank you for the third book in the Kingsbridge series. I'll start on the next series soon.

United States

From: Kristin
On: Sunday 12 November, 2017

Good Evening! I have been reading the Kingsbridge series since I was a sophomore in high school and I just wanted to tell you that your books gave me such a wonderful escape. I was always a loner in school and reading about Kingsbridge gave me an escape from the social awkwardness that is high school. I'm now a junior in college and am halfway through ‘A Column of Fire’. I can't tell you how good it feels to go back to Kingsbridge in this book, it's like going home. I don't have any questions or requests, I just wanted you to know how much I love your books, the Kingsbridge series in particular although I have read a few of your other shorter novels and loved them too.
A million thanks to you and warm greetings from Michigan, USA!

United States

From: Greg Kiely
On: Monday 13 November, 2017

Dear Ken, It’s taken a while, but I have just finished 'Edge of Eternity'. What a brilliant finale to a great trilogy - thanks very much. 'A Column of Fire' is next.

Kind regards

From: John Crowe
On: Tuesday 14 November, 2017

My wife and I really enjoy your writing . We are looking forward to reading ‘A Column of Fire’ and the rest of the Century trilogy.

United Kingdom

From: Les Burborough
On: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Thank you so much for the many hours of fascinating reading you have given me. I really enjoy your books. Thanks again.

New Zealand

From: Lorne Shapiro
On: Thursday 16 November, 2017

Sincere thanks for being an exemplary host — ‘A Column of Fire’ was the luxury suite I inhabited for three weeks without paying rent. On the other hand, I didn’t leave any dirty dishes. Let’s call it even.

In all seriousness, your stories have given me more pleasure than any other author on the planet. I’m grateful. Your earlier thrillers were great desserts; your later historical fiction epics sumptuous meals. One interesting observation about 'A Column of Fire': The main character, Ned, was more fully developed than any of your previous characters. His first-person asides were poignant and, I think, a new device for you.

Until my next free luxury suite…


From: Carl Click
On: Thursday 16 November, 2017

Thanks. Just thanks. I'm not a huge reader, but I've read and enjoyed everything you've written. Started with ‘The Key to Rebecca’. Just finished ‘A Column of Fire’. You signed a copy of ‘Night Over Water’ (to my father) for me at an event in Portland, OR years ago. Prized possession on my bookshelf. I just thought you should know how much your work is appreciated.

United States

From: Elizabeth Browne-Russell
On: Saturday 18 November, 2017

I loved 'The Pillars of the Earth' ... the story, the characters, Prior Philip, Ellen, Jack, Tom. Your book was recommended to me. Now I shall read the sequels. I majored in English at Auckland university. I have been a Catholic nun for over 50 years. I love reading and apart from the story, I love your writing style.
Cook Islands

From: Felipe Melo
On: Sunday 19 November, 2017

Dear Mr. Follett, I and my wife love your novels. There are 17 books written by you in our library. My wife loved 'The Man from St. Petersburg' and 'A Dangerous Fortune'; our favourite character is Mrs. Ethel, though. We would like to express our admiration for your art and imagination, as well as the deep history research which let the novels so brilliant. We wish you long life! Our best regards!


From: Gary Forney
On: Monday 20 November, 2017

Another Masterpiece! I have so enjoyed ‘A Column of Fire’, along with’Pillars’ and ‘World Without End’. Your novels are not only interesting tales, but also are vivid history lessons of the times of which they are written! Keep up your great work!

United States

From: Michael Kerrigan
On: Monday 20 November, 2017

I just wanted to write to say how much I have enjoyed ‘A Column of Fire’. It was excellent and a real pleasure and joy to read a further instalment in the Kingsbridge series. I love history and the way you write a fiction novel clearly placed in a historical setting against real events is breathtaking.

Will there be another one? I do hope so.

Many thanks for many hours of reading pleasure.

United Kingdom

From: Terry Brown
On: Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Another fantastic read and incredible story by a master story teller! Your ability to successfully mix fact with fiction inspires the reader to sit for hours at a time to race to the story’s conclusion. I have learned far more about the Church and English history during the period 1558-1620 from this reading than four years of high school studies. I was both enthralled and excited to read another of your most excellent works! Well done Mr. Follett!


From: Farhad Suleman
On: Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Ken, I've been reading your novels since 1987. I haven't missed a single one of your publications. Keep on writing excellent works!

South Africa

From: Dick and Sandy Darby
On: Thursday 23 November, 2017

Wife and I, over the years, have read ALL of your wonderful books!! We just both finished ‘A Column of Fire’. A GREAT read!!!! loved it!

United States

From: Susan Henshaw
On: Saturday 25 November, 2017

So difficult to write a message to you without gushing on and on. Reading has been a passion of mine since the Dick and Jane books in first grade. I'm 66 now and your books are the best! I have to be careful about starting one of them because I know I won't get much sleep - just can't put them down.

United States

From: Georgette Iverson
On: Saturday 25 November, 2017

Just finished Reading ‘A Column of Fire’. Absolutely loved it. You never disappoint. You are my most favorite writer.


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