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Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40) by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40)

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The newest instalment in Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld series sees the arrival of the railway in Ankh-Morpork and as always with these large civil schemes, like the post office and The Mint, Moist von Lipwig is right at the centre charming aristocrats and goblins alike into helping with this great scheme. This is the 40th Discworld novel and things have changed a lot since Rincewind and Twoflower rode a dragon that was only real if you believed in it. Technology and politics seem to have overwhelmed the raw magic and adventure of earlier works. Terry is a genius, perhaps our greatest living writer, so to say this is not his best book is misleading as his worst efforts are better than the best some others can offer, yet this obne feels to me as if it lacks some spice or sparkle, like an amazing gourmet meal without enough salt. Familiar characters like Ridcully and Lu Tze in unexplained cameos mean that this is not the best one to start with for those wishing to enter the Discworld for the first time, but for fans it is still a lovely slice of our favourite food.

If you like Terry Pratchett you might also like to read books by Jasper Fforde, Tom Holt and Douglas Adams.

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Raising Steam (Discworld Novel 40) by Terry Pratchett

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.


'Laugh-out-loud funny...A chuffing wonderful book.'


'Terry Pratchett's creation is still going strong after 30 years as Ankh-Morpork branches into the railway age...There are sly nods to the history of railways and a cheeky reference to The Railway Children. Most aficionados, however, will be on the look-out for in-jokes and references from previous novels - of which there is no shortage...It is at the level of the sentence that Pratchett wins his fans.'

-The Times

'The genius of Pratchett is that he never goes for the straight allegory...he remains one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list...I could tell which of my fellow tube passengers had downloaded it to their e-readers by the bouts of spontaneous laughter.'

- Ben Aaronovitch, The Guardian

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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Publication date

9th October 2014


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Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


480 pages


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