Terry Pratchett

Dearly-loved British Fantasy author, knight of the realm and creator of the fantastic Discworld. Terry Pratchett, or 'Sir Terry' to his legions of fans.

Terry Pratchett

Biography

Date of birth: 28 April 1948

Terry Pratchett published his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983 - The Disc is now over 40 years old!

Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours.

In 2007 he announced online that he had been newly diagnosed with a very rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's called Posterior Cortical Atrophy and in March of 2008 he donated US$1,000,000 to the Alzheimer's Research Trust. What an abolute hero.

Not one to let a life-altering condition slow him down, Terry continues to write and promote charitable acts. In 2012 he collaborated with Stephen Baxter to publish The Long Earth, a science fiction story of parallel worlds and newfontiers. The sequel, The Long War, was published in 2013.

The new exquisitely jacketed Discworld collections are being published throughout 2013 and 2014 in several tranches including The Unseen University Collection, The Death Collection, The City Watch Collection and The Witches Collection.

Similar authors to Terry Pratchett

If you enjoy reading Terry Pratchett then stop what you're doing right now, walk into your nearest Waterstones and pick up a book by Douglas Adams - try The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or The Salmon of Doubt. No, no, there's no need to thank us - you're very welcome. Also Neil Gaiman and Tom Holt.

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A (very) quick chat with Terry Pratchett - 1st January 2014

Review: Raising Steam - 3rd May 2013

Re-reading Discworld: Part Four - 26th October 2013

Re-reading Discworld: Part Three - 19th October 2013

Re-reading Discworld: Part Two - 12th October 2013

Re-reading Discworld: Part One - 5th October 2013

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It is known as the Discworld. It is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A'Tuin as it swims majestically through space. And it is quite possibly the funniest place in all...
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Raising Steam: (Discworld Novel 40) - Discworld Novels 40

Raising Steam: (Discworld Novel 40) - Discworld Novels 40 (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 384 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
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To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that... Read more

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Dodger

Dodger (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
Publisher: Corgi Childrens

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Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody... Read more

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Mort: Discworld: The Death Collection

Mort: Discworld: The Death Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 272 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
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It is known as the Discworld. It is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle... Read more

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The Long Earth

The Long Earth (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett, et al.

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 09/05/2013
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1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the... Read more

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I Shall Wear Midnight: (Discworld Novel 38) - Discworld Novels 38

I Shall Wear Midnight: (Discworld Novel 38) - Discworld Novels 38 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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A man with no eyes. No eyes at all. Two tunnels in his head...It's not easy being a witch, and it's certainly not all whizzing about on... Read more

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Guards! Guards!: Discworld Novel 8 - Discworld Novels 8

Guards! Guards!: Discworld Novel 8 - Discworld Novels 8 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 11/10/2012
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'Vimes ran a practised eye over the assortment before him. It was the usual Ankh-Morpork mob in times of crisis; half of them were here to... Read more

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: (Discworld Novel 28) - Discworld Novels 28

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: (Discworld Novel 28) - Discworld Novels 28 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 26/05/2011
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It's not a game any more ...Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice - a streetwise tomcat - leads a band of... Read more

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The Colour of Magic: Discworld Novel 1 - Discworld Novels 1

The Colour of Magic: Discworld Novel 1 - Discworld Novels 1 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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In the beginning there was ...a turtle. Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which... Read more

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A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Novel 32 - Discworld Novels 32 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 05/05/2005
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A real witch never casually steps out of her body, leaving it empty. Eleven-year-old Tiffany does. And there's something just waiting for a... Read more

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Soul Music: Discworld: The Death Collection

Soul Music: Discworld: The Death Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 368 pages
Published: 05/12/2013
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OTHER CHILDREN GET GIVEN XYLOPHONES. SUSAN JUST HAD TO ASK HER GRANDFATHER TO TAKE HIS VEST OFF. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's... Read more

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Pyramids: Discworld: The Gods Collection

Pyramids: Discworld: The Gods Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 320 pages
Published: 16/01/2014
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'Look after the dead', said the priests, 'and the dead will look after you'. Wise words in all probability, but a tall order when... Read more

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Reaper Man: Discworld: The Death Collection

Reaper Man: Discworld: The Death Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 304 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
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DEATH IS MISSING - PRESUMED ...ER ...GONE. Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn. Meanwhile,... Read more

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Sourcery: Discworld Novel 5 - Discworld Novels 5

Sourcery: Discworld Novel 5 - Discworld Novels 5 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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All this books and stuff, that isn't what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry. There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He... Read more

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Snuff: Discworld Novel 39 - Discworld Novels 39

Snuff: Discworld Novel 39 - Discworld Novels 39 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first... Read more

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Small Gods: Discworld: The Gods Collection

Small Gods: Discworld: The Gods Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 352 pages
Published: 16/01/2014
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In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: "Hey, you!" For Brutha the novice is the Chosen One. He wants peace and justice and... Read more

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Long War (Long Earth 2)

Long War (Long Earth 2) (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 432 pages
Published: 20/06/2013
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A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once... Read more

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Mort: Discworld Novel 4 - Discworld Novels 53

Mort: Discworld Novel 4 - Discworld Novels 53 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. Henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end.... Read more

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Pyramids: Discworld Novel 7 - Discworld Novels 7

Pyramids: Discworld Novel 7 - Discworld Novels 7 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 11/10/2012
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'Look after the dead', said the priests, 'and the dead will look after you.' Wise words in all probability, but a tall order when,... Read more

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The Wee Free Men: Discworld Novel 30 - Discworld Novels 30

The Wee Free Men: Discworld Novel 30 - Discworld Novels 30 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 29/04/2004
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Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd - might have been a witch, but now Granny Aching is dead and it's up to... Read more

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Sourcery: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection

Sourcery: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 288 pages
Published: 06/02/2014
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There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better... Read more

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Moving Pictures: Discworld Novel 10 - Discworld Novels 10

Moving Pictures: Discworld Novel 10 - Discworld Novels 10 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 11/10/2012
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'Holy Wood is a different sort of place. People act differently here. Everywhere else the most important things are gods or money or cattle.... Read more

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The Light Fantastic: Discworld Novel 2 - Discworld Novels 2

The Light Fantastic: Discworld Novel 2 - Discworld Novels 2 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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'What shall we do?' said Twoflower. 'Panic?' said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival. As... Read more

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Wyrd Sisters: Discworld Novel 6 - Discworld Novels 6

Wyrd Sisters: Discworld Novel 6 - Discworld Novels 6 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 11/10/2012
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Things like crowns had a troublesome effect on clever folks; it was best to leave all the reigning to the kind of people whose eyebrows met in the... Read more

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Witches Abroad: (Discworld Novel 12) - Discworld Novels 12

Witches Abroad: (Discworld Novel 12) - Discworld Novels 12 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 14/02/2013
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'Things have to come to an end, see. That's how it works when you turn the world into stories. You should never have done that. You... Read more

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Men At Arms: (Discworld Novel 15) - Discworld Novels 15

Men At Arms: (Discworld Novel 15) - Discworld Novels 15 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 14/02/2013
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'What's so hard about pulling a sword out of a stone? The real work's already been done. You ought to make yourself useful and find the... Read more

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Equal Rites: Discworld Novel 3 - Discworld Novels 3

Equal Rites: Discworld Novel 3 - Discworld Novels 3 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. The last thing the wizard Drum Billet... Read more

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The Last Continent: (Discworld Novel 22) - Discworld Novels 22

The Last Continent: (Discworld Novel 22) - Discworld Novels 22 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 10/10/2013
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'Anything you do in the past changes the future. The tiniest little actions have huge consequences. You might tread on an ant now and it might... Read more

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Wintersmith: Discworld Novel 35 - Discworld Novels 35

Wintersmith: Discworld Novel 35 - Discworld Novels 35 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 27/09/2007
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When Tiffany Aching - young witch - steps into a dance she shouldn't, the spirit of winter falls in love with her. He gives her roses and... Read more

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The Last Hero

The Last Hero (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett, et al.

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 13/09/2007
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A short but perfectly formed complete Discworld novel, fully illustrated in lavish colour throughout, THE LAST HERO is an essential part of any... Read more

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Equal Rites: (Discworld Novel 3) - Discworld Novels 3

Equal Rites: (Discworld Novel 3) - Discworld Novels 3 (Paperback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 01/09/2004
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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. There are some situations where the... Read more

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Eric: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection

Eric: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection (Hardback)

by Terry Pratchett

Format: Hardback 144 pages
Published: 06/02/2014
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Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. The trouble is, he's not very good at it. All he wants is the usual three wishes: to be... Read more

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