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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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I received these letters recently, and thought you would enjoy them as much as I did…

From: Nawal Tufail
On: Saturday 1 September, 2018

Mr. Follett, I wanted to let you know that your books gave me strength during the darkest phase of my life. That phase is not over yet but at least its not as painful as it was in the starting. Whenever in pain, I compare my self to Maud or Rebecca or any other brave character of your novels. Thank you!!

Nawal
United States


From: David
On: Tuesday 4 September, 2018

Dear Mr Follett,
I realise I have read 18 of your works. I have never contacted an author before but simply wanted to say, thank you.
In my busy world of running my own business, working at marriage with the woman I love, caring for children whom I also adore, doing my bit for others less fortunate, just living a life really - you allow me to escape, on my own, into others' worlds.

Sometimes scary, sometimes harsh, but always a canvas covered with enough words to allow my senses to feel the pain, smell the smells & raise my awareness to the impending dangers. Somehow, you have a talent to transport me, in a way that has not happened since Enid Blyton did the same over 40 years ago.

I am an inhabitant of Kingsbridge, but am also just as at home on Storm Island.

Thank you!
David
United Kingdom


From: Kevin Curtin
On: Thursday 6 September, 2018

Ken, I must say I am big fan of your work. I really like your eye for detail and the way you write about the same event or circumstance from multiple perspectives and points of view. I.e. you see something from Augusta's view and then the same thing from Hugh's view. I read the Kingsbridge series and the Century trilogy took me several years. My latest read is 'A Dangerous Fortune' and it is fabulous! You always weave in some sexual content which makes it so interesting and unusual. I think your subject matter is somewhat similar to Tom Wolfe's.

Kevin
United States


From: Craig Holland
On: Saturday 8 September, 2018

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your books and have been reading them for years. I'm just about to start to read 'A Column of Fire' and I am looking forward to it!

Craig
Canada


From: Judy
On: Saturday 8 September, 2018

I enjoy reading your books. A copy of 'A Column of Fire' is next, but what I really wanted to write and tell you is how much I enjoyed 'Paper Money'. The book and its introduction. Found it in a second-hand bookstore in Canada. Fast-paced just as you promised and I am intrigued by what you wrote about simple and complex plots. The 'Paper Money' introduction inspires. Have mentioned it to a few other Ken Follett fans. All surprised to hear of Zachary Stone. :- )
I'm in the middle of writing my first novel. It's a good story but you've given me lots to think about. Thank you.

Judy
Canada


From: Hans
On: Sunday 9 September, 2018

Wondering if you are working on a new book. If so looking forward to it and congratulations with your recent appointments. I enjoy all your novels!

Hans
Canada


From: Eugene Phelan
On: Sunday 9 September, 2018

A long time ago, I read the 'The Pillars of the Earth'. A wonderful week out of my life. Last week, I gave in to temptation, bought and read 'World Without End'. I shudder to think about all of the work hours and work days lost by Western civilization due to the addictive nature of these epic novels of yours. I did not watch movies. I did not write. I did not go out. I read slower in my old age and I spent a week on this book. I have now ordered 'A Column of Fire'. This will consume a large part of my life from cover to cover.

BTW. 'WWE'..... Excellent read! God bless you.!

Eugene
United States


From: Roberto Marcheschi
On: Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Dear Mr. Follett,
I am writing to you in order to give you the best compliments I can make. I have just finished 'A Column of Fire', and I definitely think that it has gained the right to be considered one of the three best novels I have ever read... and, by the way, I am a hard book-eater.

Sincerely,
Roberto
Italy


From: Ingrid Horowitz
On: Friday 14 September, 2018

I just finished listening to the audio adaptation of 'A Column of Fire'. As usual, I was not disappointed. I have read many of your novels and they are a wonderful treat for my mind and soul! The reader for your most recent audio books, John Lee, is superb. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible gift with us.

Ingrid
United States


From: Kyle Krull
On: Friday 14 September, 2018

Thank you.

I just finished listening to the Century trilogy and holy cow, that was an incredible series. I first became interested in WWI when a buddy of mine mentioned the Hardcore History Podcast 'Blueprint for Armageddon,' by Dan Carlin, which blew my mind. I read 'Fall of Giants,' shortly thereafter and the two complimented each other so well I had to share.

Your work does such a fantastic job of teaching history through the eyes of those who have lived it. After finishing your series, I almost feel as if I have gained 3 generations of life experience from each and every character you've dreamed up, and a few you haven't. Experiences ranging from a coal mine collapse, war era espionage, trench warfare, Soviet life and subsequent collapse, the Cuban missile crisis and many more.

I simply wanted to reach out and thank you for deciding to become a writer, and for sharing your gift with me. These three books were my introduction to you, and I'll certainly be reading more.
Also, huge props to [narrator] John Lee. He really knocked it out of the park.

Kyle
United States


From: Ross Allford
On: Friday 14 September, 2018

Thank you sir. I have just finished the Kingsbridge series. 3 000 pages of pure pleasure. And I've learned so much I only read non fiction -- didn't know historical fiction even existed. Now I'm reading 'Fall of Giants'.

Again, Thank You :)
Ross
United States


From: David Gray
On: Sunday 16 September, 2018

Hi Ken,
Absolutely love all of the Kingsbridge novels. I've read, watched and listened to the audio books. They are so immersing and the characters feel lifelike.I felt transported back centuries and part of the lives of your characters.
Reading these even ignited my interest in the beautiful old buildings that I had previously taken for granted. I used to walk past York Minster on my way to work and hardly gave it a look.

Thanks for these wonderful stories.

Regards
David
United Kingdom


From: Vanessa Jamison
On: Wednesday 19 September, 2018

I learned more about history in your books than I ever did at school. At 40 years old, for the first time, I find it interesting. Thanks to you. You have quickly become my favorite author. A friend suggested I read 'The Pillars of the Earth' and have been reading your books ever since. You make history fun, intriguing, vivid. Bravo.

Vanessa
United States


From: António Figueiredo
On: Friday 21 September, 2018

Please publish more historical novels. You wrote the best I ever read.

António
Portugal


From: Don Paskowski
On: Monday 24 September, 2018

I'm working my way through all your novels. I like your historical fiction the best. I loved the Century Trilogy. I have made my way through the Kingsbridge Series. I'm currently reading 'A Column of Fire'. I hope you continue the series. Merthin and Caris are my favorite characters in the series. Keep up the great work!

Don
United States


From: Maria Letizia Valeri
On: Monday 24 September, 2018

Dear Mr Follett,
I'd like to start by telling you how sorry I am for my bad English. I'm Italian, and I've only have an academic knowledge of your language.

My name is Letizia and I'm 23. I live in Tuscany, Italy, and I'm just about to finish 'World Without End'.
What I have to say it's pretty easy: I really just want to thank you for writing these beautiful, beautiful books. I started reading 'The Pillars of the Earth' on a sad sad summer afternoon, when, because of a certain person that had broken my young silly heart, I wasn't feeling like myself at all. I've always been an avid reader, but I couldn't remember the last time I held a book in my hand.

Then I started reading your book. I met Ailena and Jack and Ellen and Philip and I cannot tell you how much they have mean to me. They gathered around my desperate self and gave me their strength and their willpower and their resilience and all of a sudden the shadow that had covered me everyday was gone.

Then in the second book I found love, Caris. She's so smart and independent. I still find myself thinking that, if she managed to remain in the priory for nine years despite everything and everyone, I can do anything I want.
I know that you probably receive letters like this everyday, and mine it's just one of the many, but I really needed to tell you how thankful I am and how your work has affected and made my life better.

I hope you read my letter and thank you again so much,
Maria Letizia
Italy


From: Donna Hulett
On: Wednesday 26 September, 2018

Mr. Follett,
Your work is inspiring to this aspiring writer-to-author hopeful. I also enjoyed your appearance at SVSU in Saginaw, Michigan back in the earlier 2000s. The hope you sparked within remained, even as I continued my first career. Now, onward with the second! Thank you.

Donna
United States


From: Linda Polselli
On: Thursday 27 September, 2018

I'm not getting much done. Good thing I'm semiretired. Taught third grade for 32 years; subbing two days a week. Otherwise I'm reading the Century Trilogy. I was hooked as soon as I met Billy twice. Mom is reading it now. I read 'The Pillars of the Earth' and 'World Without End' and enjoyed both of them very much. I bought 'Edge of Eternity' not realizing it was the 3rd book in a trilogy, so I went and bought the other two books. Mom is starting them now. She won't be getting anything done either! I have 300 pages to go. I'm going to miss these characters. Great reads!!! Oh, I have 'A Column of Fire', but Mom scooped that from me and read it already!

Linda
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