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A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction

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As a leading champion of Alzheimer sufferers, Terry Pratchett has increasingly turned to non-fiction writing in recent years. But it has not all been about his Alzheimer’s, he’s written on everything from Gandalf’s love life to what it means to be a writer. Whatever he writes, you recognise his unique voice as he muses on loving books and computers, his hats and memories, a treasure for all his millions of fans.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. An absorbing, provocative, funny and poignant anthology of essays and articles from the creator of the phenomenally successful Discworld series, this thought-provoking companion to Terry Pratchett’s novels spans a forty-year career, covering a huge range of topics from musings on Gandalf’s perpetual single status to education, from orang-utan conservation to the weighty matter of assisted dying. From the publication of The Colour of Magic, the first instalment in his inspired and hilarious fantasy series, in 1983, Pratchett has been beloved by legions of fans the world over. The Discworld novels now number forty, and Pratchett continues to write, his life overshadowed by the scourge of early-onset Alzheimer’s. With a heartfelt introduction from his friend and collaborator Neil Gaiman, this collection offers a more intimate insight into the author, his preoccupations and his beliefs, show-casing the keen intellect, the strength of character and the raw anger that has driven his life’s work.
~ Susie Cogan


A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

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.


'Praise for Terry Pratchett One of the world's most delightful writers.'
-Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

'Some writers simply possess the Gift. No matter what they bring out . . . it's sure to be compulsively readable. That's certainly the case with Terry Pratchett.'
-Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

'The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody . . . who deals with death with startling originality. He writes amazing sentences.'

-A. S. Byatt, The New York Times

'Clever . . . insightful. . . . [Pratchett's] wry wit is as good as gold.'

-Lylah M. Alphonse, The Boston Globe

'One of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun, and the deflationary three-part list.'
-Ben Aaronovitch, The Guardian (London)

'What Pratchett does is not just great, but unparalleled. In five hundred years, it won't be the Nobel laureates who are being studied. It's going to be this guy.'

-Brandon Sanderson,

About the Author

Terry Pratchett

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

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30th November 1999


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