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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: Frank Rosin
On: Sunday 5 August, 2018

Dear Ken.
It is always very difficult for me when I have finished reading one of your books. Like leaving family and friends after golden moments. I have read most of your books and love following your composed and empathetic characters. I always feel enriched and deep satisfaction reading your complex stories and feel you are driven by justice and tolerance. Valuables I can identify with.
Thanks for your universe and all the best.
Looking forward to your next book.

Frank
Denmark


From: Breno Ribeiro
On: Tuesday 7 August, 2018

Ken, thank you for the best books i've read in a long time. 'The Century trilogy' was really a inspiration and a great experience. I can only thank you for this.

Breno
Brazil


From: Joanne Wynn
On: Tuesday 7 August, 2018

Just that I appreciate the work you put into your writing.

Joanne
Canada


From: Lee Walker
On: Tuesday 7 August, 2018

Dear Ken,
I would like to express my gratitude for writing such an amazing book in 'The Pillars of the Earth'. I have read many books but missed ‘Pillars’ when it was first released. The book resonated with me so much that I've ended up owning 3 different prints (a bit mad I guess) and it has kickstarted an interest in the Middle Ages.
I cannot wait to start watching the TV series and the computer game!
Again, thank you so much.

Kindest regards,
Lee
United Kingdom


From: Kylie Craft
On: Wednesday 8 August, 2018

I am an avid reader and would be writer. I work full time in real estate in Augusta, GA. I first started reading your books last year and have not stopped since. I have to say that you are one of the best novelists of my time. I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

Kylie
United States


From: Mary Tweed
On: Wednesday 8 August, 2018

I just finished ‘Fall of Giants’. I grew up in Buffalo and lived near the Russian Orthodox Church on Ideal St. I was wondering where your research was to take you to the spot. It was such fun to read this in your book, took me back home.

Thank you
Mary
United States


From: Roberta Zuccali
On: Saturday 11 August, 2018

Hard to say whether I like your novels because they are highly enjoyable or because they are instructive - I guess it is because they are a good mix of both - and very well written, that goes without saying. I've read almost all of your books and loved the Kingsbridge trilogy and the Century trilogy best... Let me say, I learnt more about history from your books than from so many years at school. Looking forward to your next novel!

Roberta
Italy


From: William Bryan
On: Monday 13 August, 2018

Dear Mr. Follett,
I just started reading 'A Column of Fire' and cannot put it down. I read 'The Pillars of the Earth' as a young man, then later many of your other works, and I feel as though I am reunited with an old friend with this book. You are a man of incredible talent and I wanted to thank you for many hours of entertainment and edification.

Yours sincerely,
William
United States


From: Tammy Patterson
On: Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Dear Ken!
I just want to let you know how very much I've enjoyed your books. Many of them I have read and heard at least twice. My favorites I've read many times more. Thank you so very much for these wonderful treasures to us readers. Wishing you and yours the very best!

Yours truly,
Tammy
United States


From: Lawrence Orlosky
On: Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Ken,
This note is to send you thanks for a memorable and satisfying reading experience, 'The Pillars of the Earth.'

'The Pillars of the Earth' was gifted to me by a friend as a paperback in 2007 after I explained in a conversation that you were -- and still are very much -- my favorite author. By that time, I had read many of your books, beginning in December 1993 with 'The Key to Rebecca' (followed by 15 of your books to-date). My copy of 'The Pillars of the Earth' always stayed within my reach because I knew I needed to read it, I just didn't know when until finally last month. For me to read a book the size of 'The Pillars of the Earth' is a personal milestone, and I am thrilled that I finally did.

The combination of your personal style of writing with the story, its characters (especially their experiences and relationships), and the countless specific details (particularly the locations and settings) add up to pure enjoyment with every page because they are so authentically described and vividly written. In reading your books, I also enjoy the way your writing instills interest in learning more about the subjects and settings of your stories and, in so many cases, the interest to experience something for one's self. One of my favorite examples of that in your books is with the experience of travelling on a flying boat as in 'Night Over Water.'

I look forward to reading the second and third books in the Kingsbridge Series, Ken. Thank you for all that you do.

Best regards,
Lawrence
United States


From: Angela Reeves
On: Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Hi Ken,
I've been a fan of your books for many years after reading 'Pillars of the Earth'.

Looking forward to reading more of your novels.

Kindest regards,
Angela
Australia


From: Mark Havey
On: Thursday 23 August, 2018

Mr Follett,
I just wanted to say thank you.

I have read all of your books but the Kingsbridge series is on another level. ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is by far the best book I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot. I’m reading it again (must be the 10th time).

I recommend it to people often. Almost weekly I think. Many have bought it and I’ve bought it for many people. It’s interesting because every single one of them has lived it. How often do you find that? I love books and recommend plenty, but not every person has agreed with me. At least everyone agrees, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ is an incredible story.

It only seemed right, that after so many enjoying summers reading your book outside Winchester cathedral, I should say thank you.

Take care.
Mark
United Kingdom


From: Mary Bowater
On: Friday 24 August, 2018

I've lost count of the Follett books I’ve read so far but for sure, I have enjoyed every one. You put your reader into that unenviable position of wanting to get to the end of the book yet not wanting it to finish. Have just finished ‘On Wings of Eagles’. Superb. Thank you.

Mary
Spain


From: Christian Watkins
On: Sunday 26 August, 2018

Just wanted to say I a not the world’s natural reader but I find your work riveting. I have my precious copy of ‘Pillars’ to my sister-in-law last night. I will get it back. I have just started ‘A Column of Fire’ - wow.

Christian
United Kingdom


From: Michele Washburn
On: Monday 27 August, 2018

I am reading ‘Edge of Eternity’. I am halfway through. I love it. The only problem I have is I'm a school teacher in upstate New York. School starts for me this Wednesday. I haven't been in to set up my classroom because I can't put this book down! Seriously, I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying the novel.

Michele
United States


From: Gordon Watson
On: Friday 31 August, 2018

I really enjoyed 'Night over Water'; today we take long distance flight for granted but back then it was clearly an adventure fraught with hazard. I liked the way the sub plots were interwoven and the tension during each leg of the flight was very real. I read it mainly on a tablet and found it useful to refer to a schematic diagram of the Clipper and some photos of the interior. A good read!

Gordon
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