Sir Terry Pratchett was an English writer famed for creating a whole new society and world order with his Discworld novels a series which enjoys unprecedented success and is some 41 books in total. Pratchett had his first story published at just 13 and left school aged 17 to become a journalist. During this time, he continued writing and had his first novel The Carpet People published in 1971.
The Discworld novels enjoyed a growing fan base with each new novel published in the series and the third book in the series Equal Rites which touched on feminism ideas was serialised on Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, remaining one of the most popular books ever broadcast.
In 1996, Pratchett was officially announced as the bestselling author in the UK. In 2007, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s, Posterior Cortical Atrophy and, telling the world about his condition, he began to campaign to raise awareness of the condition and its effects. In 2009, Pratchett was knighted for services to literature.
Despite the progression of his condition, Pratchett went on to write the 40th and 41st novels in the Discworld series in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Terry Pratchett died in 2015. His Discworld literary legacy remains to be discovered by a new generation of readers.
Guards, Guards (1989)
Further recommended reading:
The Colour of Magic (1983)
Going Postal (2004)