Terry Pratchett

The English fantasy author, Terry D. J. (David John) Pratchett was born on the 28th April 1948 in the town of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. His was educated at High Wycombe Technical High School.

He wrote is first story when he was thirteen years old (1961) and with the money that he made from selling this he was able to buy his first typewriter. In 1971, Pratchett had his first novel published; it was called The Carpet People.

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Terry Pratchett is best known for the fantasy novels that make up the Discworld series. This series now comprises of more than forty books and is a humorous and at times satirical work set on a disc-shaped world that is carried on the backs of four giant elephants. The first book of the Discworld series was entitled The Colour Of Magic and is reviewed here. The Colour Of Magic was published in 1983 but he continued to work until 1987 when he was able to become a full-time author.

Terry Pratchett was awarded the OBE (The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire, Officer) in 1998 for his services to literature. Terry Pratchett has also received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath and Bristol. He has sold over 40 million books worldwide and these have been translated into thirty-three different languages. He is second only to J. K. Rowling in terms of book sales in the United Kingdom.

It is believed that 1% of all the books sold in England are penned by Pratchett. His books have been translated into 36 different languages and have sold over 60 million copies.

Sir Terry Pratchett was made a knight in the New Year Honours list (2008). He received the honour for services to literature.

... for The Discworld series

Satirical, historical, fantastical and irresistible. Daily Mail

The best humorous English author since P.G. Wodehouse. Sunday Telegraph

Terry Pratchett reviews

A Blink of the Screen

written by Terry Pratchett

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 origin [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume One

Discworld Anthology #1 written by Terry Pratchett

Think you know Ankh-Morpork? Think again.In this top-secret guide, intrepid explorers will experience the real city.If you've ever wondered where Unseen U [...]

Published: 2019

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Long Earth

Long Earth #1 written by Terry Pratchett

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 trees. Where have the m [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Long War

Long Earth #2 written by Terry Pratchett

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 pioneered, now fleets of airs [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 5.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Long Utopia

Long Earth #4 written by Terry Pratchett

2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading further into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Eart [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Nation

NA written by Terry Pratchett

On the day the world ends... Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it [...]

Published: 2008

Our rating: 9.7 | 8 positive reader reviews

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Good Omens

NA written by Terry Pratchett

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, [...]

Published: 1990

Our rating: 9.4 | 6 positive reader reviews

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The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide

NA written by Terry Pratchett

Greetings, adventurer! We lay before you this most comprehensive gazetteer encompassing all the streets of Ankh-Morpork, as well as information on its principal businesses, [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The World of Poo

NA written by Terry Pratchett

From Snuff: 'Vimes' prompt arrival got a nod of approval from Sybil, who gingerly handed him a new book to read to Young Sam. Vimes looked at the cover. The ti [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Dodger

NA written by Terry Pratchett

Come one come all to greatest city in the world. In London, all men are free, the streets are lined with gold and the naughty ladies are friendly to all. In London there ar [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Carpet People

NA written by Terry Pratchett

In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet... That's the old story everyone knows and loves. But now the Carpet is home to many diff [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Colour Of Magic

The Discworld Series: Book 1 written by Terry Pratchett

In the beginning there was…a turtle. Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smel [...]

Published: 1983

Our rating: 8.1 | 7 positive reader reviews

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Lords and Ladies

The Discworld Series: Book 14 written by Terry Pratchett

The fairies are back – but this time they don’t just want your teeth… It's Midsummer Night - no time for dreaming. Because sometimes, when there' [...]

Published: 1992

Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

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Feet of Clay

The Discworld Series: Book 19 written by Terry Pratchett

For Commander Vimes, Head of Ankh-Morpork City Watch, life consists of troubling times, linked together by…well, more troubling times. Right now, it’s the latt [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Light Fantastic

The Discworld Series: Book 2 written by Terry Pratchett

A red star has appeared in the sky and the Discworld is heading right towards it. There is only one person who can save the world; but unfortunately this is the rather inep [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Jingo

The Discworld Series: Book 20 written by Terry Pratchett

Throughout history, there's always been a perfectly good reason to start a war. Never more so if it is over a 'strategic' piece of old rock in the middle of now [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Fifth Elephant

The Discworld Series: Book 24 written by Terry Pratchett

They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that master [...]

Published: 1999

Our rating: 9.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Night Watch

The Discworld Series: Book 28 written by Terry Pratchett

For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer at loose in your city. Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of [...]

Published: 2002

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Mort

The Discworld Series: Book 3 written by Terry Pratchett

Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that romant [...]

Published: 1987

Our rating: 9.0 | 3 positive reader reviews

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Equal Rites

The Discworld Series: Book 3 written by Terry Pratchett

The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunatel [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Wee Free Men

The Discworld Series: Book 30 written by Terry Pratchett

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 Tiffany to [...]

Published: 2003

Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Monstrous Regiment

The Discworld Series: Book 31 written by Terry Pratchett

Polly becomes Private Oliver Perks, who is on a quest to find her older brother, who's recently MIA in one of the innumerable wars the tiny nation of Borogravia has a h [...]

Published: 2003

Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

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A Hat Full of Sky

The Discworld Series: Book 32 written by Terry Pratchett

Something is coming after Tiffany . . .Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic – not chores and ill-tempered [...]

Published: 2004

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Going Postal

The Discworld Series: Book 33 written by Terry Pratchett

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' [...]

Published: 2005

Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Wintersmith

The Discworld Series: Book 35 written by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to w [...]

Published: 2006

Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Making Money

The Discworld Series: Book 36 written by Terry Pratchett

It’s an offer you can’t refuse. Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork’s Royal Mint and the bank next door? It’s a job for li [...]

Published: 2007

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Unseen Academicals

The Discworld Series: Book 37 written by Terry Pratchett

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood [...]

Published: 2009

Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

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I Shall Wear Midnight

The Discworld Series: Book 38 written by Terry Pratchett

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 broomsticks, but Tiffany Ac [...]

Published: 2010

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Snuff

The Discworld Series: Book 39 written by Terry Pratchett

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 corpse. And Commander Sam [...]

Published: 2011

Our rating: 9.3 | 1 positive reader reviews

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Sourcery

The Discworld Series: Book 4 written by Terry Pratchett

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 not go into), he had seven [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Raising Steam

The Discworld Series: Book 40 written by Terry Pratchett

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 [...]

Published: 2013

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

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The Shepherds Crown

The Discworld Series: Book 41 written by Terry Pratchett

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 [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Guards! Guards!

The Discworld Series: Book 8 written by Terry Pratchett

Here there be dragons . . . and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 7.7 | 2 positive reader reviews

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