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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: Stacey Senior
On: Friday 6 September, 2019

Hello, I've just finished 'The Pillars of the Earth' and am so glad there are heaps more books.
Oh my, you created such a hateful awful person with William Hamleigh.
Thanks for writing books which draw us in so far that your characters become real as you are reading.
Warmest regards
New Zealand

From: Patti Moyse
On: Thursday 12 September, 2019

Dear Mr. Follett,
I have just finished 'The Pillars of the Earth'. I really loved the book. I loved how you wove the stories together and saved some good bits for the end. I feel like I know more about the times and the twelfth century goings-on now as well. I have travelled quite a bit in Europe and of course the churches, cathedrals and duomos are a must. I am happy now to give more thought to the generations of people who built those terrific buildings. Must say that Gauidi - La Sagrada Familia was my most favourite followed by the duomo in Florence and the cathedral in Orvieto.
I have been hosting a book club for well over ten years and must admit I am a bit of a tough critic. Needs to be good to impress me. Lots of good stories out there but not all well written.
I was able to spend time this past summer with your book and was quite enthralled, found myself trying to sneak away for some time to read.
Just wanted to give you some feedback on that book, well done.


From: William Derksen
On: Thursday 12 September, 2019

Enjoyed your Trilogy very much and since I was born in 1933 the world events were well documented! Also, at the requests of my grand daughters, I have recently completed my bio referring to some of your historical events. Thank you!

From: Larry Martin
On: Wednesday 18 September, 2019

I think ‘Column’ is your best work yet.
United States

From: 'Welsh Fan'
On: Thursday 19 September, 2019

I've recently discovered your books. I especially enjoyed the Kingsbridge books. I'm currently reading 'Fall of Giants'.
Living in South Wales, I particularly like the account of the Welsh family.
I note that your roots are in Wales albeit for a relatively short period of your life. I'm sure that some of your time in Cardiff would have had influence on you.
I share some of your strict religious upbringing, no cinema, TV etc as I grew up in the 1950s.
Thank you for your writing, I'm sure it has given huge numbers great enjoyment.
Welsh Fan
United Kingdom

From: Suzanne Malovich
On: Friday 20 September, 2019

I have just started 'Winter of the World' and it is extremely frightening that what is happening in 2019 under Trump, is eerily like 1933 Germany under Hitler. Santayana was right -- 'those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' Loved 1st book of trilogy even though history is terribly sad.
United States

From: Trish Stevens
On: Thursday 26 September, 2019

Love your books. Actually you are my favourite author and I can't wait until your book comes out next year. Looking forward to that.
New Zealand

From: Anna Bhatt
On: Monday 30 September, 2019

Your book ‘Fall of Giants’ has deep emotional family history for me, as my grandmother’s brother disappeared in France during the first world war, and I lost my father as a result of the second world war.

I am a German living in India for the last 30 years. My grandmother and her brother had been brought up in a small village in Germany. Whenever there is a movie or a book dealing with the 1st world war, like Mr. Follett's, it reminds me of my grandmother's sadness not knowing what had befallen her brother. I know she was not alone in that sadness as many families in all the countries taking part in that war experienced loss. However when I read stories like "Fall of Giants" and the hardship soldiers had to endure it brings it all the more home.

I lost my father due to the second world war, as he died of a war injury in 1954 at the age of thirty, when I was three years old. I have fond memories of him during his last year with us. However no matter how old I am my father's passing has left a big void in me, always wondering if my life would have taken a different part if he would have been around in my growing years.

Mr. Follett's vivid writing must have touched many readers like it did for me. Thank you for that.

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