Only You Can Save Mankind

by Terry Pratchett

Part of the Johnny Maxwell Series

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The first of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, aimed at younger readers but accessible to all, deals with perceptions of reality, humanity, gender, race and conflict in Pratchett's famously light and witty style.  Set against the first Gulf War and the break-up of his parents, young Johnny's world is shaken when the alien invaders from his computer game ask him to save them from the humans.  Pratchett's deeply clever humour makes difficult subjects understandable, action sequences compelling and characters charmingly human, whatever their species.  One of my all time favourite books.


Comparison: John Connolly (Gates of Hell), James Patterson (Maximum Ride); Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl).

 

Only You Can Save Mankind - The Musical.

Only You Can Save Mankind the musical premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, receiving stunning reviews, amongst them Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph who said "the songs are excellent - witty - melodic and with a couple of soaring power ballads that are deeply affecting.  This is clearly a show with a future." 

 

Only You Can Save Mankind - The Album.

This release of the overture and five songs is the prelude to that future for a show now gathering the investment for a national tour.  The recorded songs have a selecton of voices from the West End, Daniel Boys and Sharon D Clarke amongst them.  Available now to download on i-tunes or to pre-order a CD, go to www.ifnotyouthenwho.com.

 

Sarah Broadhurst

Only You Can Save Mankind Synopsis

As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons-But it's only a game, isn't it. Isn't it?

Only You Can Save Mankind Press Reviews

'A wonderful new Pratchett-style fantasy: funny and thrilling enough for anyone who can read fluently' Daily Mail

 

'An impressively original book with its thrills and spills, its inventiveness, its wit and continuous readability' Daily Telegraph
 
'Everyone should read Terry Pratchett. Maybe it should be part of the National Curriculum?'   Families
 
'Funny and exciting' The Spectator

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ISBN: 9780552576796
Publication date: 29/04/2004
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552576796
Publication date: 29th April 2004
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Fantasy,
Categories: Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),

About 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 ...

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