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Terry Pratchett (1948–2015)

Author of Good Omens

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About the Author

Terry Pratchett was on born April 28, 1948 in Beaconsfield, United Kingdom. He left school at the age of 17 to work on his local paper, the Bucks Free Press. While with the Press, he took the National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency class. He also worked for the Western Daily show more Press and the Bath Chronicle. He produced a series of cartoons for the monthly journal, Psychic Researcher, describing the goings-on at the government's fictional paranormal research establishment, Warlock Hall. In 1980, he was appointed publicity officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board with responsibility for three nuclear power stations. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. His first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. He became a full-time author in 1987. He wrote more than 70 books during his lifetime including The Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Mort, Sourcery, Truckers, Diggers, Wings, Dodger, Raising Steam, Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales, and The Shephard's Crown. He was diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007. He was knighted for services to literature in 2009 and received the World Fantasy award for life achievement in 2010. He died on March 12, 2015 at the age of 66. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Utopiales festival in Nantes, France, November 2003

Series

Works by Terry Pratchett

Good Omens (1990) — Author; Author — 34,424 copies
The Colour of Magic (1983) 21,879 copies
Mort (1987) 15,686 copies
The Light Fantastic (1986) 14,619 copies
Equal Rites (1987) 14,336 copies
Guards! Guards! (1989) 13,996 copies
Wyrd Sisters (1988) 12,398 copies
Small Gods (1992) 12,025 copies
Going Postal (2004) 11,706 copies
Reaper Man (1991) 11,470 copies
Hogfather (1996) 11,256 copies
Night Watch (2002) 11,205 copies
Sourcery (1988) 11,074 copies
Pyramids (1989) 10,831 copies
The Wee Free Men (2003) 10,700 copies
Men at Arms (1993) 10,377 copies
Soul Music (1994) 10,188 copies
Thud! (2005) 10,132 copies
Witches Abroad (1991) 10,088 copies
Feet of Clay (1996) 9,971 copies
Thief of Time (2001) 9,820 copies
The Fifth Elephant (1999) 9,776 copies
Lords and Ladies (1992) 9,662 copies
Moving Pictures (1990) 9,607 copies
Jingo (1997) 9,439 copies
Monstrous Regiment (2003) 9,344 copies
Carpe Jugulum (1998) 9,342 copies
Maskerade (1995) 9,254 copies
Eric (1990) 8,794 copies
Making Money (2007) 8,649 copies
The Last Continent (1998) 8,624 copies
Interesting Times (1994) 8,534 copies
The Truth (2000) 8,428 copies
Wintersmith (2006) 8,102 copies
A Hat Full of Sky (2004) 8,092 copies
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (2001) — Author — 6,998 copies
Unseen Academicals (2009) 6,204 copies
Nation (2008) 5,123 copies
The Last Hero (2001) 4,986 copies
Snuff (2011) 4,952 copies
I Shall Wear Midnight (2010) 4,803 copies
The Long Earth (2012) 3,969 copies
Raising Steam (2013) 3,446 copies
Strata (1981) 2,803 copies
Dodger (2012) 2,690 copies
The Science of Discworld (2002) 2,685 copies
The Shepherd's Crown (2015) 2,642 copies
Only You Can Save Mankind (1992) 2,415 copies
Truckers (1989) 2,391 copies
The Carpet People (1971) 2,331 copies
The Dark Side of the Sun (1976) 2,071 copies
Johnny and the Dead (1993) 1,917 copies
The Long War (2013) 1,853 copies
Diggers (1990) 1,835 copies
Wings (1990) 1,812 copies
Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (1999) 1,748 copies
Johnny and the Bomb (1996) 1,604 copies
Where's My Cow? (2005) 1,584 copies
The Unadulterated Cat (1989) 1,403 copies
The Long Mars (2014) 1,314 copies
The Art of Discworld (2004) 1,200 copies
The Discworld Companion (1994) 1,174 copies
The Discworld Mapp (1995) 1,027 copies
The Folklore of Discworld (2008) 969 copies
The Long Utopia (2015) 968 copies
The Long Cosmos (2016) 791 copies
The New Discworld Companion (2003) 741 copies
Rincewind the Wizzard (1999) 516 copies
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork (2012) 487 copies
The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy (1992) 456 copies
Once More with Footnotes (2004) 335 copies
Mort Big Comic (Discworld) (1994) 255 copies
GURPS Discworld (1998) — Author — 253 copies
Shaking Hands with Death (2015) 135 copies
Troll Bridge [short story] (1992) 131 copies
Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic [Video] (2008) — Contributor — 123 copies
Moving Pictures / Reaper Man (2001) 117 copies
Mort ; Guards! Guards! (1987) 98 copies
Witches Abroad ; Small Gods (1991) 95 copies
The Time-travelling Caveman (2020) 92 copies
Pyramids ; Wyrd Sisters (1997) 71 copies
Seriously Funny (2016) 70 copies
Maskerade [Abridged Audio] (1996) 62 copies
Soul Music [Abridged Audio] (1996) 43 copies
Turntables of the Night (1989) 41 copies
The Truth [Abridged Audio] (2000) 38 copies
Pyramids [Abridged Audio] (1995) 37 copies
Johnny and the Dead [Play] (1996) 35 copies
Mort [Abridged Audio] (1994) 35 copies
Small Gods [Abridged Audio] (1996) 28 copies
Sourcery [Abridged Audio] (1994) 25 copies
Hogfather [Abridged Audio] (1997) 22 copies
The Color of Magic (1983) 22 copies
Schijfwereld-omnibus. Dl. 2 (1992) 21 copies
Schijfwereld-omnibus. Dl. 3 (1999) 17 copies
Eric [Abridged Audio] (1997) 16 copies
Jingo [Abridged Audio] (1989) 16 copies
Reaper Man [Abridged Audio] (1996) 14 copies
Feet of Clay (Oberon Modern Plays) (2015) — Author — 12 copies
Schijfwereld-omnibus. Dl. 4 (2000) 10 copies
Equal Rites ; Mort (2005) 8 copies
The Carpet People. Strata (2012) 6 copies
Gevatter Tod - MacBest (2013) 6 copies
Die Box. 5 MP3-CDs (2006) 6 copies
Sourcery; Wyrd Sisters (2005) 5 copies
Niuch. Cz. 1 (2016) 4 copies
Świat finansjery. Cz. 1 (2016) 4 copies
Piekło pocztowe. Cz. 1 (2016) 4 copies
Niuch. Cz. 2 (2016) 4 copies
Świat finansjery. Cz. 2 (2017) 4 copies
Piekło pocztowe. Cz. 2 (2016) 4 copies
Legends 3 copies
Gevatter Tod: Hörspiel (2007) 3 copies
Incubust 2 copies
Der Zauberhut . Pyramiden (2016) 2 copies
Pyramidy Straze Straze (2010) 2 copies
Men at arms ; Soul music (2012) 2 copies
La llum fantàstica (2022) 2 copies
Folio 2 copies
Pratchett:Witches Abroad (2022) 2 copies
Eric: Graphic Novel (1990) 2 copies
Unti Fiction 4 2 copies
101 bajek Kot w butach (2012) 2 copies
Germanes fatals (2023) 1 copy
Sloboda narodu! (2019) 1 copy
Akrepski odred (2015) 1 copy
Son Kahraman 1 copy
Eşit Haklar (2019) 1 copy
Büyünün Rengi (2015) 1 copy
Final Reward 1 copy
Tæppefolket 1 copy
Esit Haklar (2015) 1 copy
Pyramids ; Small Gods (2003) 1 copy
Mort / Reaper Man (2014) 1 copy
TPmobis 1 copy
Terry Pratchett Pack (1998) 1 copy
THE SEA AND LITTLE FISHES & THE WOOD BOY (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Night Dweller (1965) 1 copy
Last Continent Poster (1999) 1 copy
Dlouhý vesmír (2022) 1 copy
Swiat Dysku. Niuch (2020) 1 copy
Swiat Dysku. Zbrojni (2020) 1 copy
No title (2001) 1 copy
Discworld Omnibus (1960) 1 copy

Associated Works

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (1870) — Foreword, some editions — 3,004 copies
Legends I: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 1,864 copies
After the King (1991) — Contributor — 759 copies
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Contributor — 627 copies
Meditations on Middle Earth (2001) — Contributor — 564 copies
The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 503 copies
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998) — Contributor, some editions — 502 copies
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman (2008) — Foreword — 464 copies
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Contributor — 347 copies
Knights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 297 copies
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1998) — Foreword, some editions — 229 copies
Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! - The Play (1997) — Author — 228 copies
The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contributor — 188 copies
My Favorite Fantasy Story (2000) — Contributor — 166 copies
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather [2006 TV movie] (2007) — Novel — 130 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 108 copies
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies
Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories (1995) — Contributor — 89 copies
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book (2016) — Author — 75 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 66 copies
Digital Dreams (1990) — Contributor — 60 copies
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Contributor — 49 copies
Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People (2011) — Contributor — 45 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Shivers for Christmas (1995) — Contributor — 23 copies
Fantasy (2003) — Foreword, some editions — 17 copies
De aarde voorbij... (1988) — Contributor — 17 copies
Drabble Project (1988) — Contributor — 17 copies
Space Movies II (1996) 11 copies
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988) — Contributor — 9 copies
Legenden nieuwe verhalen van de meesters van de fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Roots of Fantasy: Myth, Folklore & Archetype (1989) — Contributor — 4 copies
Other Realms (sampler) (2011) — Contributor — 2 copies
Wyrd Sisters [BBC radio dramatisation] (1995) — Original author — 1 copy
The Troll Bridge (2019) — Original author — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Pratchett, Terence David John
Other names
Kearns, Patrick (pseudonym)
Birthdate
1948-04-28
Date of death
2015-03-12
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Place of death
Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, England, UK
Cause of death
Alzheimer's disease
Places of residence
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Rowberrow, Somerset, England, UK
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
Education
John Hampden Grammar School
Occupations
journalist
press officer
novelist
Relationships
Pratchett, Rhianna (daughter)
Pratchett, Lyn (née Purves) (wife)
Organizations
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
British Humanist Association (Distinguished Supporter)
Society of Authors (chairman)
Orangutan Foundation
British Science Fiction Association
Central Electricity Generating Board (show all 8)
Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimer's Research Trust
Awards and honors
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1998)
The Bookseller Services to Bookselling Award (2000)
Honorary Doctorate, University of Warwick (1999)
Honorary Doctorate, University of Portsmouth (2001)
Honorary Doctorate, University of Bath (2003)
Honorary Doctorate, University of Bristol (2004) (show all 18)
Guest of Honor, World Science Fiction Convention (2004)
Honorary Brownie (2008)
Knight Bachelor (2009)
Margaret A. Edwards Award (2011)
Carnegie Medal (2001)
World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2010)
Skylark Award (2009)
British Science Fiction Award (1989)
Locus Award (2008)
Prometheus Award (2003)
Andre Norton Award (2010)
Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award (2016)
Agent
Colin Smythe Ltd.
Short biography
Sir Terence David John Pratchett (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English humorist, satirist, and author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.

Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which Pratchett wrote an average of two books a year. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff became the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-readership novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days. The final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death.

Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.

In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. He later made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the condition for the BBC, and became a patron for Alzheimer's Research UK. Pratchett died on 12 March 2015, aged 66.

Members

Discussions

OT - Blackwell's Terry Pratchett Collector's Edition in Folio Society Devotees (October 2023)
new article from the Guardian in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (October 2023)
New Short Stories found in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (March 2023)
The Shepherd's Crown in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (November 2022)
Terry Pratchett - group read in 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (April 2015)
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett in Librarything Railroad (The LTR) (October 2014)
Reading Long Earth by Pratchett & Baxter in Science Fiction Fans (May 2014)
Discworld December in 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (December 2013)
Raising steam.. .. in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (November 2013)
A Blink of the Screen in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (August 2013)
The New Book - Snuff in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (April 2012)
Snuff: The Spoiler Thread in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (April 2012)
I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching 4) in All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans (September 2011)
Book Discussion: Good Omens - SPOILER FREE thread in The Green Dragon (June 2011)
Book Discussion: Good Omens - CONTAINS SPOILERS! in The Green Dragon (July 2010)

Reviews

I love Good Omens and I love this UK edition. Such a funny, witty, cute, and yet thought provoking book. It’s a love story and critique of humanity wrapped up in a hilarious metaphor. Great author, great writing, easily re-readable, this is probably my favorite book of all time.
 
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ZL10 | 782 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
D (Bad).

The chief of police on vacation vs goblin trafficking. Two books away from finishing this series, I am giving up. This book is problematic to a shocking degree, even compared to Thud. But what's finally making me give up on Pratchett is how badly written his later books are becoming. This is a rough draft, not a publishable novel.

(Feb. 2024)
½
 
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comfypants | 172 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |
A high school favorite. I haven't reread it since maybe 2010 but I knew exactly which parts of the miniseries were direct quotes.
 
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caedocyon | 782 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |
Brutha hears the voice of the Great God Om and his entire life changes. He comes to the attention of Vorbis of the exquisition, travels to Ephebe, and meets Ephebian philosophers along the way. Then he returns home and learns even more.
Small Gods is one of my favorite Discworld novels. I love the growth of Brutha and his relationship with his God. Lu-Tze the history monk with his push broom and bonsai mountains is always fun to encounter, too.
 
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elorin | 176 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |

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Statistics

Works
425
Also by
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Members
515,989
Popularity
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Rating
4.0
Reviews
8,718
ISBNs
4,274
Languages
40
Favorited
2,325

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