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Washington Post's review of Snuff

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October 18th, 2011

Terry Pratchett published his first Discworld romp, “The Color of Magic,” in 1983, and his newest satirical fantasy, “Snuff,” is his 39th. Bounding between a wealth of settings and scenarios, Pratchett has forged a wicked roster of heroines and heroes, including several members of “the occult community” and Sam Vimes, a policeman who has risen from the slums of Ankh-Morpork to a dukedom without ditching his street smarts.As they do their best to extricate themselves (and sometimes the entire multiverse) from disaster, Pratchett’s players offer up droll takes on matters both serious and absurd. In “Snuff,” for example, Vimes can acknowledge the bravery of a braying “fierce old warhorse” while remaining aware that “this would have been absolutely tickety-boo were it not for the suicides of those poor fools who followed him into battle…”

Visit the Washington Post website to read the full review by Kerry Fried.

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One Minute With: Terry Pratchett (Telegraph)

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October 18th, 2011

Where are you now and what can you see?

I am sitting in the W [hotel] in Seattle and I can see Rob [Pratchett's assistant] just beyond a lovely fluffy omelette and those delightful little potatoes they serve.

What are you currently reading?

For about the fifteenth time, ‘London Labour and the London Poor’ by Henry Mayhew, and I am looking forward to its arrival on my Kindle.

Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him

A favourite since my teens has been the late Paul Jennings, who used to have a slot in the ‘Observer’. I think I admire him because of the curious lopsided but delightful way he looked at the world.

Describe the room where you usually write

The Chapel. Once a stone stable, now renovated with stone floors, a mezzanine for the games computer so work and play can be kept apart. A lot of thought went into its design because I spend so much of my life there. Known as the Chapel not because of its huge mullion window but because of rumours there was once a chapel somewhere on our property.

What distracts you from writing?

Everybody. It’s a very unusual day that isn’t more or less shredded by demands on my time. In my heart I ought to be home writing, but the rest of my body is doing the US tour for ‘Snuff’, the latest Discworld book.

What fictional character most resembles you?

James Dixon as in ‘Lucky Jim’ by Kingsley Amis. Failing that, Rincewind [from Discworld].

What are your readers like when you meet them?

Far less strange than journalists would have you imagine. One who stopped me for my autograph this morning was an airline pilot.

Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

Kneejerk? Nelson Mandela. But I like the guys who change the world from their sheds, like James Dyson and Clive Sinclair.

Source: The Guardian – Friday 14th October 2011

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A Life in Writing (The Guardian)

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October 17th, 2011

Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian

Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian

Terry Pratchett is having a statue made. It’s a statue of a goddess, and he thinks she ought probably to be smoking a cigarette, and to be showing one breast. “There should be an urn, too. If there’s an urn it’s not porn – that’s a Discworld cliché,” he says, a bubble of laughter in his voice.

The goddess is one of Pratchett’s own invention: Narrativia, the deity of narrative who smiles on writers (and perhaps especially sunnily on her creator). Discworld, created by Pratchett 28 years ago, is the fantasy world held up by four elephants balanced on the back of a giant turtle.

It’s a concept which started out as an affectionate lampoon of the sword-and-sorcery fantasy genre, but it has, over the years, become an increasingly sophisticated swipe at contemporary society, pointing out the ridiculousness of everything from Hollywood to the postal service, newspapers, banks and football…

Visit the Guardian website to read the full article.

The Bookwitch Interview!

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January 27th, 2010

Finding a spare second in Sir Terry Pratchett’s day is no easy task. But the bookwitch managed it!

Find out what happened when the Bookwitch met Sir Terry Pratchett.

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Terry Pratchett in call for law to allow assisted suicides in UK

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August 3rd, 2009

Sir Terry Pratchett wrote a very moving piece in the Mail on Sunday on 3rd August focusing on assisted suicides in the UK.

Visit the Daily Mail website to read the article in full.

Interview: Terry Pratchett by Emily S. Whitten

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July 28th, 2009

Emily S. Whitten, Vice Chair of the North American Discworld Convention, 2009 was kind enough to share her interview with Terry Pratchett with SFRevu.

The interview took place on Sunday, August 24, 2008, at the UK Discworld Convention 2008, Birmingham, England and can be read in its entirety here.

Terry’s Hogfather Q&A for Digital Spy

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December 15th, 2006

Digital Spy was in attendance at the star-studded premiere of Sky One’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s The Hogfather – set to air at Christmas. For the uninitiated, the story is set in an alternative Discworld universe and revolves around a vicious plot to murder their Santa Claus equivalent. But if the presents aren’t delivered on Hogswatchnight, then the sun will fail to rise the next day. To prevent a catastrophe, Death tries his skeletal hand at the role, accompanied by his servant Albert. Meanwhile, his industrious granddaughter Susan tries to track down The Hogfather in time to save him…

Visit the Digital Spy website to read the full Q&A.