Terry Pratchett opted to have his crushed by a steamroller.
Discworld is a wildly inventive literary creation that sprawls over dozens of books.
This Saturday it will be a year since Alzheimer's stole Terry Pratchett from the world. We mark the occasion with a beginner's guide to his most enduring creation, the 41-book Discworld series.
The definition of ‘literature’ is changeable, and inextricably linked with fashion.
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Pratchett’s work is often classified as 'genre fiction' rather than literary fiction. Yet his relationship with genre is complex and adversarial. He sets genre stereotypes up to be deconstructed.
These fans should be happy.
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J R R Tolkien died over 40 years ago and since then there have been over 30 titles bearing his name. Is this warranted?
‘I once asked Terry why he hadn’t killed off a particular character. He looked at me askance.’
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'I knew and counted Terry among my friends, and I watched Alzheimer’s slowly and insidiously strip him of attributes and faculty.' So what can we make of his final Discworld novel, published posthumously?
Terry making Jack and me honorary wizards of Unseen University.
Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart wrote a series of four books on the science of Discworld.