We begin this year with one of our intellectual hotties – the magnificent writer Sir Terence “Terry” David John Pratchett.
He is perhaps most known for his Discworld-series, about a world filled with magic, resting on top of four elephants which stand on the shell of a giant turtle, and which contains such lovable characters as Nanny Ogg
and of which four has been made into films: Hogfather, The Color of Magic (which also includes The Light Fantastic) and Going Postal. All well worth watching.
Pratchett is a very productive writer, with a two-books-a-year average. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and in 2009 he was knighted.
Terry has also worked with the wonderful writer Neil Gaiman, producing perhaps one of the funniest books ever: Good Omens.
Sadly, he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer, and while he is still doing his best to produce literature, he has also requested to be granted assisted suicide before the illness gets too bad.
Pratchett is truly one of the world’s greatest fantasy writers and will be sorely missed when he goes.
If you haven’t read any of his books yet, do so now!