Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average.

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

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5 essential Terry Pratchett novels you need to read

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Mort is one of Pratchett’s novels that’s focused on the character of Death, who recurs throughout many of the Discworld books and whose voice is so ominous it must be displayed in all caps. It is this character that Pratchett’s official twitter referred to when announcing his death.

Pratchett managed to make Discworld large enough to include several novels for children, including this one, which follows the nine-year-old witch Tiffany Aching and the tiny blue men she has adventures with.

While Pratchett wrote many, many Discworld novels, he also managed quite a few set outside the flat disc, including this one with Neil Gaiman. One of his most famous works, it’s a comedy about the birth of Satan’s son and the coming apocalypse, with the wit and wisdom that only Pratchett and fellow champion fantasy author Gaiman could bring.

The Color of Magic, an early novel of Discworld and still one of the best, follows the adventures of incompetent wizard Rincewind and a tourist named Twoflower. It has also been made into a TV movie starring Tim Curry.

Our favorite of Pratchett’s novels, Going Postal follows a con man as he attempts to revitalize the post office in Discworld’s premiere city of Ankh-Morpork (a place where stamps are not yet a thing). The novel is incredibly funny and also stands alone enough to be an excellent entry point into the series for anyone. And really, once you see what Pratchett can do with a story about the post office, it’s clear how hilarious and poignant his writing truly is.

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