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Gentle reader

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: Ian Boden
On: Monday 2 July, 2018 to say:

I absolutely adore your Kingsbridge series. I am 23 years old, have been reading you since high school and recommend your books often.

United States

From: John Humphrey
On: Tuesday 3 July, 2018

I can't get enough of these books. You are also my favorite author as I have tried to acquire everything you have ever written. Your Century Trilogy was great. So was ‘Jackdaws’. And ‘The Third Twin’. I could go on but I am sure you don't want me too! Thanks!

United States

From: Deborah Dlugose
On: Tuesday 3 July, 2018

More books Please! I am a 70-year-old retired nurse and I have loved all your books for decades!

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From: Neha Mahajan
On: Wednesday 4 July, 2018

I love your books. I was 13 when I first came across them, and since then, I have come to love every single book of yours that I have read. I have always been a reader, but you made me fall in love with reading all over again. Thank you for that.


From: Ajay Singh Kataria
On: Wednesday 4 July, 2018

I am sure you've heard it from millions of your followers, but I personally wanted to say 'You are an amazing writer, and it is always difficult to put your book down once I start reading it.
Keep up the good job :)

Ajay Singh
United Kingdom

From: Chris McFadden
On: Friday 6 July, 2018

Hi Ken, I just wanted to message and say how wonderful ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is. I have just finished reading after a long six years of picking up, putting down, going off reading for a while and struggling to work and have a family. I could probably slotted those six years in to the book as I felt like I was on my own little adventure to finish it. Can I just say that its been a long time since I have enjoyed a book as much. The history, the characters, the battles and emotions was so beautifully woven that I’ve bought the second in the Kingsbridge series today. I cant wait for it to arrive. Well done on a truly fantastic novel and for allowing me to live the last few weeks through eyes of your characters.

Many thanks
United Kingdom

From: Rachel Chong
On: Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Your cerebral-ness, illustriousness and immense creativity produced some of the best (historical) novels I have ever come across. You have no idea how deeply inspired I am by their sheer excellence. I have to purposefully slow down my reading pace so that the books will last me longer. I am going to collect your entire collection!


From: Dolf van der Westhuizen
On: Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Thank you for all the pleasure in reading your fantastic books... from ‘Eye of the Needle’ up to ‘A Column of Fire’.

South Africa

From: Gail Sketcher
On: Thursday 12 July, 2018

‘A Column of Fire’ was a majestic novel, loved it, re-ignited my love of history, thank you.

United Kingdom

From: Blakeleigh Wells
On: Sunday 15 July, 2018

Your work was introduced to me 4 years ago by a teacher, since then I have read a large portion of your books. These stories and your characters have a special place in my heart. Your work is incredibly enlightening and thrilling. Thank you for inspiring me.

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From: Deanne Detmers
On: Thursday 19 July, 2018

You are brilliant. I was never a big reader until I read 'The Pillars of the Earth'. You hooked me and I have now read everything that you have written. You made me a fan of historical fiction and interweave the characters lives brilliantly. I love the detail and storylines. I can't imagine how you lay out the process to write these novels. I'm very appreciative of your work. Thank you! Thank you!

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From: Susan Prosch
On: Saturday 21 July, 2018

I am doing a 'book tasting' display for our library with my favorite books and authors to share with patrons. I want to tell you, your books top my list of all time favorite since I read the 'Eye of the Needle' many years ago. Then I picked up 'Pillars of the Earth' when I lived in Europe able to visit the ruins of the old churches, it is my favorite book of all I have read. Thank you for your painstaking research, writing style and love of history. I have found great pleasure reading your works. We all should know there are many people that love what we do, so thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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From: Paulo Mendes
On: Sunday 22 July, 2018

I've just finished 'Fall of Giants', the first of your novels I've read and it is great! Look forward to reading the other two in the Century Trilogy.


From: John Craggs
On: Thursday 26 July, 2018

I won't pretend I've read all of your books, but I've never read one I didn't enjoy. I recently met 'Night Over Water' set on the Pan American Clipper flying boat and thoroughly enjoyed it. What more does a reader really need from a book? I remember seeing flying boats in Southampton as a young child, and being fascinated how ungainly the damned things were when they were taxiing out to take off. And how noisy.
All your books I have read have been characterised by being 'slow starters', but that is no bad thing, and there's always enough to keep a reader turning 'just one more page'.

I wish you well.
United Kingdom


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