Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett

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

died
March 12, 2015

gender
male

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influences
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.

There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four 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 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bests
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Terry Pratchett isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but he does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from his feed.
You can learn a lot about this world from the fictional universe being carried on the back of a giant turtle, as the man who became Pratchett’s collaborator after telling him to shut up at an SF convention explains

I’m guessing that people will read Terry Pratchett for generations to come. Partly for the intrinsic value of the books – because they are so funny, so smart and so perceptive. And pa...

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Good Omens: The Nice and Ac...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 236,565 ratings — published 1990 — 97 editions
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The Color of Magic (Discwor...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 158,988 ratings — published 1983 — 126 editions
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Mort (Discworld, #4; Death,...
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 95,416 ratings — published 1987
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Guards! Guards! (Discworld,...
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 84,681 ratings — published 1989 — 6 editions
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Night Watch (Discworld, #29...
4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 64,137 ratings — published 2002 — 58 editions
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Going Postal (Discworld, #3...
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 63,589 ratings — published 2004 — 54 editions
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Equal Rites (Discworld, #3;...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 72,290 ratings — published 1987 — 88 editions
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Small Gods (Discworld, #13)
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 63,383 ratings — published 1992 — 72 editions
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The Light Fantastic (Discwo...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 63,825 ratings — published 1986 — 101 editions
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The Wee Free Men (Discworld...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 52,268 ratings — published 2003 — 77 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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