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Terry Pratchett - Author

About the Author

Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015) was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. He had his first story published when he was just thirteen, and after leaving school at seventeen to become a journalist he continued writing, publishing his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971 and going on to produce the phenomenally successful Discworld and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad. His first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.

Terry Pratchett as well as numerous other books, winning many awards and becoming the UK’s bestselling author. He was appointed OBE in 1998.

He died in March 2015 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. You can find out more about his life and work at www.terrypratchettbooks.com

Featured books by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown

The Shepherd's Crown

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2015

A Shivering Of Worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning...The Final DiscWorld Novel.

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Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook

Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Authorised by Mr Lipwig of the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway himself, Mrs Georgina Bradshaw's invaluable guide to the destinations and diversions of the railway deserves a place in the luggage of any traveller, or indeed armchair traveller, upon the Disc. From the twine walk of Great Slack to the souks of Zemphis: edifying sights along the route; Ticketing, nostrums and transporting your swamp dragon: essential hints on the practicalities of travel; Elegant resorts and quaint inns: respectable and sanitary lodgings for all species and heights; and From worm-herding to Fustic Cake: diverting trivia on the crafts, foods and brassica traditions of the many industrious people for whom the railway is now a vital link to the Century of the Anchovy. Fully illustrated and replete with useful titbits, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook offers a view of the Sto Plains like no other.

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Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40)

Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40)

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

It's all change for Moist von Lipwig, swindler, conman, and (naturally) head of the Royal Bank and Post Office. A steaming, clanging new invention, driven by Dick Simnel, the man with t'flat cap and t'sliding rule, is drawing astonished crowds - including a few particularly keen young men armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear - and suddenly it's a matter of national importance that the trains run on time. Moist does not enjoy hard work. His ...vital input at the bank and post office consists mainly of words, which are not that heavy. Or greasy. And it certainly doesn't involve rickety bridges, runaway cheeses or a fat controller with knuckledusters. What he does enjoy is being alive, which may not be a perk of running the new railway. Because, of course, some people have Objections, and they'll go to extremes to stop locomotion in its tracks.

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A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction

A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

This title comes with a foreword by Neil Gaiman. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series - but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself - man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and Dignity in Dying.

Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40)

Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40)

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear. Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital...but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse...Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails...

A Blink of the Screen Collected Short Fiction

A Blink of the Screen Collected Short Fiction

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2012

In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press,; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People ; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas,all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.

Dodger

Dodger

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2012

Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn't. But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him. And Dodger's tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins...

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Snuff

Snuff

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2011

Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2012. Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven. But not quite all...

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Other books by Terry Pratchett

Truckers Illustrated edition

Truckers Illustrated edition

Author: Terry Pratchett, Mark Beech Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

An illustrated edition of Truckers by Terry Pratchett. Terry Pratchett's extraordinary, and extraordinarily funny, book, Truckers, available for the first time in an edition beautifully illustrated by Mark Beech. Imagine that all around you, hidden from sight, there are thousands of tiny people. They are four inches tall, brave, stubborn and resourceful. They are the nomes. The nomes in this story live under the floorboards of a large Department Store and have never been Outside. In fact, they don't even believe in Outside. But new nomes arrive, from - where else? - and they bring with them terrifying news: the Store is closing down and Everything Must Go . . . The fantastically funny first book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.

Father Christmas's Fake Beard

Father Christmas's Fake Beard

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A collection of wonderful Christmas stories from the fantastically funny Terry Pratchett. With incredible illustrations from Mark Beech, it's the perfect stocking filler! Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit . . . samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store or, was even, arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again. 'Funny, action-packed . . . a rip-roaring read' The Sun

Groe Worte

Groe Worte

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2018

Bereits mit 13 Jahren veroffentlichte Terry Pratchett seine erste Geschichte und wurde uber vier Jahrzehnte hinweg zu einem der beliebtesten und meistverkauften Schriftsteller seiner Zeit. "e;Groe Worte"e; vereint nun erstmals uber dreiig seiner Kurzgeschichten und Erzahlungen in einer Sammlung, die einmal quer durch seine grandiose Karriere fuhrt: Von Geschichten, die bereits zu Terry Pratchetts Schulzeit entstanden, uber solche, die er als junger Reporter schrieb, bis hin zu denen aus den Tagen seines groten Erfolges begeistern sie alle als unverwechselbare "e;Pratchetts"e;. Tauchen Sie ein in alte und neue Welten, treffen Sie neue Charaktere und altbekannte Gesichter! "e;Groe Worte"e; ist ein Schatz fur jeden Pratchett-Fan!

Johnny and the Bomb

Johnny and the Bomb

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

From the legendary Terry Pratchett, the author of Discworld, the third instalment in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy --------------------- THIS TIME . . . IT'S WAR. Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy, walking through an ordinary alley . . . until he stumbles across a shopping trolley that can travel back in time. A trip on this time travelling shopping trolley takes Johnny and his friends back to 1941, in the middle of the Second World War. More specifically, on the day the German bombs will fall on their town. What if Johnny and his friends could stop it? But tampering with history could have disastrous consequences... `Enormously entertaining and contains more wry observations than you could shake a Heinkel at' - Daily Telegraph

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition Calendar 2019

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition Calendar 2019

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Calendar Release Date: 23/08/2018

The calendar dates are extensive, and exhaustively researched, and include all major real-time calendrical data for Great Britain, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, as well as notable Discworld dates. This year's calendar draws upon the whimsical, remarkable art of long-time Discworld collaborator, Paul Kidby - the man whose depictions Terry Pratchett himself described as being 'the closest anyone's got to how I see the characters'.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019

Author: Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2018

The 2019 Discworld Quiz Diary contains everything you needed to know - and a few things you didn't - about modern literature's favourite flat earth. One part diary, one part quiz on the arcane practices of the funniest creation in modern fantasy, 100% Discworld goodness. With their trademark mix of cultural ephemera, background detail and hilarious one-liners, the Discworld diaries are back. This year: trivia. Do you know where the Discworld gods live? Do you know the name of the last continent? Do you know the name of the Discworld's worst engineer? Do you know what's in CMOT Dibbler's sausages? Put your knowledge to the test, and all will be revealed. Well, except the last one; nobody knows that, not even Dibbler. These and other gems of knowledge await you within. Make every day a Discworld day, with the 2019 Discworld Quiz Diary.

Johnny and the Dead

Johnny and the Dead

Author: Terry Pratchett, Mark Beech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

From the legendary Terry Pratchett, the author of Discworld, the second instalment in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy --------------------- Sell the cemetery? Over their dead bodies . . . Not many people can see the dead (not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead have learnt a thing or two from Johnny. They're not going to take it lying down . . . especially since it's Halloween tomorrow. Besides, they're beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was when they were . . . well . . . alive. Particularly if they break a few rules . . .

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2018

Even wizards produce leftovers. But a wizard's rubbish is laced with magic, and for the rats that forage this rubbish, the magic has changed them - they can speak and read, and have rather grand ambitions for a comfortable retirement. Which is perfect for a con-cat like Maurice. He has his own magical talents, and wants to get rich quick. Together with the rats, and young (rather simple) Keith, the `piper', they work the towns to create their very own plague of rats - then lure them away for cash. But in the run-down town Bad Blintz, this little con goes wrong, and suddenly these educated rodents aren't playing to the piper's tune . . .

Die Nomen

Die Nomen

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2018

Seit Generationen leben die kleinen Nomen friedlich im Kaufhaus "e;Arnold Bros"e;. Die Jahreszeiten Winterschlussverkauf, Fruhjahrsmode, Sommerschlussverkauf und Weihnachten kommen und gehen - bis plotzlich andere Nomen auftauchen und von einem geheimnisvollen "e;Drauen"e; erzahlen. Und als die Parole "e;Raumungsverkauf"e; ausgerufen wird, muss schleunigst ein Plan her, um in dieses "e;Drauen"e; zu gelangen. Ein Lastwagen scheint die Rettung zu sein - und mit vereinten Kraften schaffen es doch auch Winzlinge, ein solches Gefahrt zu steuern, oder?! Aber auch ihr neues Zuhause "e;Steinbruch"e; wird bald von den Menschen bedroht. Da hilft nur noch die Ruckkehr in ihre wahre Heimat. Doch dafur mussen die Nomen erst das Raumschiff "e;Schwan"e; finden, das sie zuruck ins All bringen kann, von wo sie einst herkamen.

Father Christmas's Fake Beard

Father Christmas's Fake Beard

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2017

Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit . . . samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store or, was even, arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again. 'Funny, action-packed . . . a rip-roaring read' The Sun

Thief Of Time (Discworld Novel 26)

Thief Of Time (Discworld Novel 26)

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A beautiful new hardback edition of the classic Discworld novel. Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time. But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.

Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novel 31)

Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Novel 31)

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A beautiful new hardback edition of the classic Discworld novel. Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time . . . And now she's enlisted in the army, and searching for her lost brother. But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them.

Night Watch (Discworld Novel 29)

Night Watch (Discworld Novel 29)

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A beautiful new hardback edition of the classic Discworld novel. Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck... Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem:if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future...

Going Postal (Discworld Novel 33)

Going Postal (Discworld Novel 33)

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A beautiful new hardback edition of the classic Discworld novel. Moist von Lipwig is a con artist and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet. It was a tough decision. But he's got to see that the mail gets though, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer. Getting a date with Adora Bell Dearheart would be nice, too.

The Illustrated Eric

The Illustrated Eric

Author: Terry Pratchett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2017

Terry Pratchett's hilarious take on the Faust legend stars many of the Discworld's most popular characters. 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 immortal, rule the world and have the most beautiful woman fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff. But what he gets is Rincewind, the Disc's most incompetent wizard, and Rincewind's Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory) into the bargain. The outcome is an outrageous adventure that will leave Eric wishing once more - this time, quite fervently - that he'd never been born.