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Terry Pratchett

Biography

Terry Pratchett

Sir Terence David John Pratchett, more commonly known as Terry Pratchett, is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Pratchett's first novel, THE CARPET PEOPLE, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (THE COLOR OF MAGIC) was published in 1983, he has written two books a year on average. Pratchett is also known for close collaboration on adaptations of his books.

Pratchett was the UK's bestselling author of the 1990s, and as of December 2007, he has sold more than 55 million books worldwide, with translations made into 36 languages. He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US. In 2001, he won the Carnegie Medal for his children's novel THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS.

Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to literature" in 1998. He was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours. In December 2007, Pratchett publicly announced that he was suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, subsequently making a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, and filming a program chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC.

Terry Pratchett

Books by Terry Pratchett

by Terry Pratchett - Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl --- not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and…a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

by Terry Pratchett - Fantasy, Fiction

In this 38th entry to the esteemed Discworld canon, the beloved Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is taking a vacation. But this is Discworld, where nothing goes as planned --- and hilarious adventure ensues. 

by Terry Pratchett - Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle, Daphne --- a girl from the other side of the globe --- is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave. Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives --- all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.