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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: Douglas Boulter
On: Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Mr. Follett,
I just completed reading 'A Column of Fire' … tremendous! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your novels over the years, each one seeming to be more captivating than the previous one. I was able to transport myself to the period, time and place, and as coincidence would have it, make some connections to family history.

I have been doing genealogical research and have found reference to my 8th great grandmother, a Marye (Maria) du Truieux, whose family escaped persecution in France in the late 16th century by emigrating to the Netherlands. She, and her husband to be, Jan Peeck, were among the first settlers of New Amsterdam in the early 17th century. A further coincidence is your living in Hertfordshire, from which my 4th great grandfather, Nathaniel Boulter, emigrated to Canada at the end of the 18th Century. I'm still trying to pursue that lead.

Thank you for contributing, through your in depth research, to the fascination that I have with historical fiction, in particular as it relates to my own ancestry and beyond. I look forward to your next novel.


From: Scott Mittelsteadt
On: Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Aspiring reader and a big reader. I have read several of your books and enjoyed them immensely. I am drawn to the 'historical' in historical fiction!

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From: Cal Cumin
On: Saturday 6 October, 2018

I have enjoyed your writing tremendously. Just finished 'Triple.' It is the kind of story I like so much I leave it on my desk for a long time afterwards just to remember. Thank you!

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From: Nancy Rodda
On: Saturday 6 October, 2018

I finished reading 'A Column of Fire' for the second time during my first visit to Scotland and England, September 2018. I understand what you mean about having to understand the cities as they were, so you could write. Reading ‘A Column of Fire’ at night and then driving by Loch Leven, seeing Holyrood Palace, and later in the trip, The Tower of London, made the book even more satisfying. Thank you! I'm going to move on to The Century Trilogy next.

Best wishes,
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From: Graham Hought
On: Monday 8 October, 2018

Have just finished reading 'A Column of Fire', just couldn't put it down, thank you . I was on vacation in France whilst reading and it just felt that more like I was part of the story...

More please…

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From: Chris Brogan
On: Tuesday 9 October, 2018

Mr Follett
I have just finished 'A Column of Fire.' The first but not the last of your books that I have read. It is one of the best books that I have read. It left me feeling that I had been unfaithful to John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth. The only disappointment was that it came to an end.

Thank you for a good read.

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From: Jessica Lynn
On: Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Hey, Ken. I'm from Tennessee. I'm also 24, a mother to a nine-month-old lovely girl named Natalie. She is the joy of my life. And quite the little miracle. I just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I love your work. The complexity and depths of your stories, and especially your characters, are incredible. I don't know how you weave stories and incidents together so seamlessly. Sometimes I just think, 'I would love to have coffee with this man and explore his genius.' Thank you, Ken, for taking us on such marvellous and intriguing adventures. My favorite of all your characters, so far, is Philip, the Monk in 'The Pillars of the Earth'. I just love him. I feel like I know him. Stay well and happy.

Thanks again
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From: Joan Meier
On: Wednesday 10 October, 2018

I have nearly all of your books and love them all. I just picked up 'On Wings of Eagles'. I knew it was non-fiction but knew little more than that. I admire you for the depth of your research and am in awe of the finished product. Thank you so much.

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From: Aled
On: Saturday 13 October, 2018

Just a quick note to say thank you for writing such wonderful books. I devoured the whole Kingsbridge trilogy and loved every page. Your descriptive writing is fantastic and your choice to space the books over the entire lifetime of the characters is inspired and incredibly well executed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I hope you enjoyed writing them as much as we enjoyed reading them.

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From: Pete Smith
On: Saturday 13 October, 2018

Hi Ken! I really do enjoy your books and I think that I have read most of them. Most of all I liked the Kingsbridge and Century trilogies. I really didn't want the books to end.

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From: Gijs Verheijke
On: Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Dear Ken, thank you for writing 'Fall of Giants'. I must have read the wiki page for WW1 dozens of times in attempts to learn why and how it happened. Now I finally can picture it and feel I have an understanding of the political events surrounding it. It was the first novel of yours I've read, and I've just purchased 'Winter of the World'. I can't imagine how much research goes into these books.


From: Gloria Reinhart
On: Tuesday 16 October, 2018

I am an avid reader. I love all your books. It is too hard to pick a favorite as they are each great for a different reason. My home is in the Boston area. Have you ever visited here? So happy that you share your talent with the world.

Best wishes,
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From: Mari Martins
On: Sunday 21 October, 2018

Dear Mr. Follett,
Never in my life have books inspired as the Century trilogy has inspired me. I read all three of them throughout this summer and it has been my best summer. I shall forever remember the spots and places I read about in certain episodes of the book. I have learned so much about the last century that I never anticipated when starting to read. I could read on forever and I would love you to continue with the story. I loved that the characters where followed throughout the generations. I hate it when I finish a book and never know what became of the characters I so fell in love with. This was probably the best part of it all. After the first one I knew I could dream on my daydream while reading and forget everything around. I will be forever thankful for inspiring me in this way. I am a biologist and work in an IVF clinic but my best friend is a historian and I really do understand history much better now. I am not so good with words so I just want to say thank you, thank you for this great summer, for making me smile, cry and laugh and giving me joy. Thank you. I will never forget.


From: Chris Walker
On: Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed your writing over the years. I am a voracious reader - have been my whole life (64 yrs). I loved your spy novels ; 'Lie Down With Lions', 'The Pillars of the Earth'. Don't know if you will ever see this email but I just wanted you to know how much pleasure I have gotten from your work over the years. Sadly I am not a journal keeper so I can't say for sure how many books I have read but it's safe to say at least 3 000. 'The Pillars of the Earth' is on my all time top five list.

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From: Walter Buchanan
On: Wednesday 24 October, 2018

I miss my friends. Its been two days since I finished 'Edge of Eternity'. One cannot help but become part of this series. Thank you so much for your books.


From: Thomas Waller
On: FThursday 25 October, 2018

I am a big fan of your world war 2 era books.
Always look forward to your new offerings.

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From: Chris Manganello
On: Saturday 27 October, 2018

Just a thank you for the time you've dedicated to writing such rich and textured novels. I've been laid up since June with an illness and your writings have helped me pass the time while keeping my brain engaged. Finished the Kingsbridge Series recently and have now moved on to 'Fall of Giants'. You're also unwittingly helping me return to my own writings, which hopefully one day will allow me to become a recovering attorney, rather than a practising one. Again, thanks :)

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From: William Boutelle
On: Sunday 28 October, 2018

Mr. Follett
I am a devoted reader of yours. I especially like the 'Century' trilogy and have just finished the 3rd book of the Kingsbridge series, 'A Column of Fire'. I am hoping fervently that you decide not to limit this series to a trilogy, but rather keep on with your tale. After almost 3 000 pages of Kingsbridge, I cannot get enough.

Please, please keep writing.

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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