Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett

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in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, The United Kingdom
April 28, 1948

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P. G. Wodehouse, G. K. Chesterton, Lloyd Alexander


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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 coll...more


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The author of the Discworld series — most recently, “Raising Steam” — read “The Wind in the Willows” and “just exploded”: “I thought to myself, This is a lie, but what a fabulous lie!”


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G. K. Chesterton. These days recognized — that is if he is recognized at all — as the man who wrote the Father Brown stories. My grandmother actuall...

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Good Omens: The Nice and Ac...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 201,461 ratings — published 1990 — 87 editions
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The Color of Magic (Discwor...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 138,028 ratings — published 1983 — 119 editions
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Mort (Discworld, #4)
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 77,588 ratings — published 1987 — 91 editions
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Guards! Guards! (Discworld,...
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 72,032 ratings — published 1989 — 79 editions
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Night Watch (Discworld, #29)
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 57,387 ratings — published 2002 — 51 editions
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Small Gods (Discworld, #13)
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 56,590 ratings — published 1992 — 67 editions
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Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 61,053 ratings — published 1987 — 85 editions
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Going Postal (Discworld, #33)
4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 53,300 ratings — published 2004 — 53 editions
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The Light Fantastic (Discwo...
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 54,589 ratings — published 1986 — 91 editions
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The Wee Free Men (Discworld...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 45,559 ratings — published 2003 — 73 editions
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June 2012, Terry Pratchett
"Visit another world with just the flick of a switch! The fantasy wizard and science fiction expert team up for The Long Earth, a novel about infinite migration across worlds." ...More

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“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.”
Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

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