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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: Michael Yang
On: Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Happy New Year, Mr. Follett.
I started reading your books at high school in China. The first book I read is ‘Jackdaws’ and I remembered I really enjoyed it. Last year I read ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ and now I'm reading ‘World Without End’. Because I'm studying in the United Kingdom this year, I really enjoy reading the original version of books.

Actually, I wonder will you still write and publish some novels about WWII? I like it very much.

Best wishes for you,
United Kingdom

From: Wendy Dingle
On: Thursday 3 January, 2019

I just wanted to thank you for your writing and the countless hours of pure joy you have given me over the years!

United States

From: David Carney
On: Friday 4 January, 2019

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just wanted to thank you for one of the best reading experiences, for ‘A Column of Fire’. What an amazing book, and you are an amazing author, as you are able to write such a long novel that I could not put down. From the first page I was sucked in and the reading experience was wonderful. I am so glad that you are still writing and I can't wait to read your next book. Thank you again-you are now my favorite author!

Good job, Mr. Follett, and thank you again for providing me with such great reading experiences. And P.S. - Your 'who is real' is helpful and informative.

United States

From: Martin Sheriff
On: Saturday 5 January, 2019

Thank you so very much for your writing and emotional story telling. I have not enjoyed a book more since ‘War and Remembrance’ by Herman Wouk as much as I enjoyed ‘Edge of Eternity’. I grew up in Germany and experienced some of events so beautifully and emotionally captured in your story. Thank you for sharing your talent.


From: Andrew Drenick
On: Friday 18 January, 2019

Just finished 'Jackdaws'. Another great book. I particularly enjoyed the Dieter Frank character. He has depth and perspective as opposed a typical mindless Nazis in many other books and movies.

United States

From: Thomas Beer
On: Saturday 19 January, 2019

Dear Mr. Follett,
Having just finished the third novel of the Kingsbridge series, I feel the need to express my thankfulness for many hours of joy, delight and wonderful entertainment reading your books. Thank you so much! I am truly looking forward to more to come.

Many regards from Germany.

From: Lucas Salas Orono
On: Monday 21 January, 2019

Hello Mr. Follett:
I just got finished reading the Century trilogy and I have to say it has become my favorite trilogy. I love historical fiction, and although I was aware of most events mentioned in the trilogy, I have learned so much. You knowledge and research is truly top-notch. I found myself looking up information as I read. It piqued my curiosity, and I feel much more knowledgeable for reading these books. Thank you very much for writing them. It has truly been a life changer and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

United States

From: Phyllus Slaton
On: Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Mr. Follett,
I must tell you truthfully that I hate your books, in that they end, and then for days I am utterly lost and desperately lonely for your characters, my friends. My first novel of yours was ‘The Pillars of the Earth’, and I spent an amazing amount of time worried about the pig. Finally, I realized that if you could make me invest that much emotional energy in a pig then you were indeed a master novelist.

I decided to pass on this lesson to my tenth grade English class, and so I started the writing class by saying. 'I am so worried about the pig.' My students stared at me with a bemused look, and one student finally asked if I had a pig. 'No.' I said, and just let them absorb this strange introduction. 'Then whose pig are you worried about, Ms. Slaton?'
Now that I had their interest, I was ready to talk about how good writing pulls the reader into the text.

I am 'pulled in' Mr. Follett. Please keep writing!!

United States

From: Ed Reilly
On: Thursday 24 January, 2019

The Century Trilogy was very well done. Excellent historical account from the perspective of 'all sides of the coin'. Great job!

United States

From: Lorraine Smith
On: Saturday 26 January, 2019

Thank you. After reading ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ you opened my world to architecture. Then I was gifted a copy of ‘World Without End’ but I did not read it until now... many years later. Even better. Just thank you.

South Africa

From: Richard Cardwell
On: Saturday 26 January, 2019

Ken, I have been a fan for years. Just discovered I had missed 'Freedom' and read it, was lit afire again!

80 years old, retired pilot and good at recognizing genius when I see it! Stay aboard!

United States

From: Gary Davidson
On: Monday 28 January, 2019

Just finished 'World Without End' enjoyed it even more than 'Pillars', and I thought that impossible. My bride is reading ‘A Column of Fire’ so I am reading 'The Man from St. Petersburg'. Thank you for this joy you bring!


From: Fred Wizard
On: Wednesday 30 January, 2019

I just read my 1st book by you, ‘The Man From St. Petersburg’ .....

It was so real that I was confused about the line between my reality and the reality of the characters. Thank you. I loved it.

United States

From: Mary Raymond
On: Thursday 31 January, 2019

Hello - I just wanted to let you know that I have finished reading each and every one of your novels. Thank you for providing me great adventures! I truly enjoyed ‘Night over Water’ as my favourite and the WWII-centric books are great. I finished ‘NOW’ about 18 months ago and I can still visualise the inside of the plane. The book reminded me of a film noir that you see from the 1940’s with the men in well-cut suits and the glamourous women dressed to the nines with hat and gloves. I look forward to your next novel!

Again, thank you for all you do so well.

United States


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.