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Terry Pratchett

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

Rincewind

and Death,

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!

Love, Elin

 

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2 responses

  1. Lily

    I love Terry Pratchett 🙂 The first of his books I read when I was 14 was Mort, it’s hilarious. It’s so sad that he has Alzheimer. Is it even allowed for him to get his assisted suicide? Because it isn’t where I live but I don’t know about the UK.

    Oh, and I especially liked the picture of him with Neil Gaiman, a great literary couple. I should really read Good Omens, thanks for the tip!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    • You’re very welcome, Good Omens is amazing!
      As of today, the UK does not allow assisted suicide, I think Pratchett offered to be guinnie pig in a suggested project to see whether or not assisted suicide should be allowed. The thought of losing such a great writer is horrible, but he will be leaving behind an enormous library of luscious books for us all to enjoy.
      -Elin

      January 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

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