Sir Terry Pratchett left us, far too early, in March 2015. To celebrate his life and works, we’ve given over the 2017 Discworld Diary - which will be a perennial diary - to remembrances and tributes from some of those who knew and loved him and his extraordinary body of work.
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Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) was a highly acclaimed British author known for his humorous and satirical fantasy novels. He was born on April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England. Pratchett is best known for his long-running Discworld series, which takes place in a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle swimming through space.
Pratchett published his first Discworld novel, "The Colour of Magic," in 1983 and went on to write more than 40 books set in the Discworld universe. His witty and insightful writing style, combined with his unique blend of fantasy, satire, and social commentary, earned him a dedicated following of readers worldwide. Some of Pratchett’s most beloved Discworld novels include "Mort," "Guards! Guards!," "Reaper Man," "Small Gods," "Night Watch," and "Going Postal." He also wrote several standalone novels, including "Good Omens" (co-written with Neil Gaiman) and "Nation."
In addition to his literary accomplishments, Terry Pratchett was a prominent advocate for Alzheimer’s research and awareness. He was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 and became a vocal supporter of assisted dying for terminally ill individuals. Pratchett passed away on March 12, 2015, but his legacy as one of our time’s most beloved fantasy authors continues to thrive.
Contributors include Neil Gaiman, A S Byatt, Terry Pratchett’s literary agent Colin Smythe, co-author of the Long Earth books Stephen Baxter, famed bookseller Rog Peyton, and many more.
|With an introduction from his daughter Rhianna Pratchett and an afterword from longtime friend and colleague Rob Wilkins.|