Here you will find selected letters you have written (earlier ones over the years are here), and a quick quiz.
I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…
From: Adele Hughitt
On: Wednesday 2 May, 2018
I’m a big fan of your books. Not sure how I missed 'A Place Called Freedom' but I found it recently and just finished it. I loved it. Now, why, why, why no sequel??? Perfect book for a couple of sequels. :D
From: Hurst Williamson
On: Thursday 3 May, 2018
Hello Mr. Follett, I’m in my twenties, but I’ve been reading your books for over a decade. I snatched up ‘A Column of Fire’ as soon as I saw it announced! You are far-and-above my favorite author and I consider ‘A Dangerous Fortune’ the model for character development, intrigue, and just plain, all-around the best book I’ve ever read. I’m just starting to try my hand at writing myself and every time I pick up my pen, I hope that I will one day be half as talented as you. Big fan! Can’t wait for your next project.
From: Bruce Cornely
On: Tuesday 8 May, 2018
I tried contacting Penguin Press but they don’t seem to be interested in comments from their customers. My comment is that I’m thoroughly enjoying 'A Column of Fire' (as I did 'Pillars'... and 'World Without End'). However, one of the big reasons I’m enjoying 'A Column of Fire' is the masterful presentation, easy to read print and, most of all, the amazingly tactile-friendly paper it’s printed on. This continues my ongoing love of actual books. Your writing makes it easy, too! Many thanks! To answer the first question below, I’ve almost completed 'Column'... ! (magnificent!!).
From: Liz Sorensen
On: Friday 11 May, 2018
'The Pillars of the Earth' was the first of your books that I read. By the time I finished it, I was hooked. Historical fiction is now my favorite genre. Due to your influence, I am now researching my own forefathers and hope to put together some type of book for my grandchildren. I am near the end of ‘A Column of Fire’. Please continue with this series. I want to see the connection between England, France and Spain as they discover the New World. Thank you for bringing passion back into my life.
From: Lindsay Piccoli
On: Friday 11 May, 2018
Hi, I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that I think you are an amazing author! A few years ago I was wandering through the local book store knowing I needed a book but I had no clue what I wanted to read. I saw 'The Pillars of the Earth' and decided to take a chance on an author I had never heard of (sorry). I could not put the book down and right away decided you were my new favourite author.
The Century trilogy for me was a game changer. I have always loved history but the way you wrote about historical events with a bit of fiction added for fun, MY GOD! Because of your writing I had to learn everything I could about Stalin. I just want to thank your for getting me interested in a whole new area of history that I was previously unaware of. I knew Stalin wasn’t a good guy but I had no idea that he has more blood on his hands then Hitler, or that some Russians nowadays love him.
No other author has ever engaged me more. I will continue to buy and read your work and I can't wait to read 'A Column of Fire', it will be my mothers' day present to myself!!! Seriously, thank you!!!!
From: Carol Burch
On: Sunday 13 May, 2018
Dear Mr. Follett, I am am avid fan and think I have read most of your wonderful books. All of the Knightsbridge books were difficult to put down. I am now in the middle of ‘Winter of the World’. I am wondering if you are currently writing a new novel or are you taking a much earned holiday. I anxiously await your wonderful books.
From: Reginald Wright
On: Monday 14 May, 2018
Loved ‘A Column of Fire’. Best one of your books so far.
From: Edward Lassotovitch
On: Wednesday 16 May, 2018
I really feel that reading your novels (the Kingsbridge and Century trilogies) has made me a better person.
From: Rodrigo Ferreira
On: Saturday 19 May, 2018
Always excited for your next book, thanks for keeping me company for long but amazing hours.
From: Floyd Jennings
On: Tuesday 22 May, 2018
I just read ‘A Column of Fire’ - and found it to be enormously informative, touching, gruesome, sad, and delightful - all at the same time. It spurred quick trips to old books in my library!
From: Simon Gibson
On: Wednesday 23 May, 2018
Hi Ken - I’ve just read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’. Just to say, thank you so much for such a brilliant read. And it’s really changed the way I think about our country’s history.
From: Carol Sanders
On: Thursday 24 May, 2018
Dear Mr. Follett,
Thank you for writing so many wonderful books. I enjoyed ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ years ago and still count it as one of the best books I have read. I began my first writing project a few months ago. I am enjoying reading section ‘Writing Advice’ on your website as well. Forty-one years ago I fell in love with the local public library. I was befriended by a young children’s librarian. She moved away 18 months later when I was 13, to Oregon, far from my home in Indiana. We began to write to each other. Together, we exchanged letters for over twenty years. Then, we fell out of touch with one another as our lives diverged. Last year, I found her again. Unbeknownst to me, she had saved all my letters I had written from the age of 13-25. Hundreds of letters. In those letters, I was a dreamer. I dreamed of writing and I wrote and wrote and wrote. My friend has gifted me with the lost dreams of my childhood. My library friend and I now have a long distance book club containing two members…she and I. We take turns choosing books, then reading daily pages from the book at hand. I hope to read A Column of Fire with her. Thank you again for writing such great tales.
From: Ashley Berhorst
On: Tuesday 29 May, 2018
Dear Mr. Follett,
I’ve just started ‘A Column of Fire’, after finishing the first two books of the Kingsbridge Series. I’ve been a lifelong book lover, who hasn’t had the time or drive to read anything for two years due to the demands of motherhood. Thank you for these books. They are so impressive in the odd duplicity of simplistic but complicated story-telling. I can’t stop raving about them. You’re such a wonderful talent, and the world is lucky to have you. I can’t wait to read more of your work.
If you’ve read several of my books, you might enjoy matching the first line with the title, or guessing the working title