Sir Terry Pratchett – 1948-2015

Terry Pratchett

About 20 years ago (oh my goodness that makes me feel old) my best friend told me about an author he was reading and thought I would like. He lent me one of his books to see what I thought, it was Mort by Terry Pratchett. I was hooked almost straight away and went on to read as much of the Discworld series as I could lay my hands on before starting to read the Bromeliad.

I was captured by Terry’s ability to take elements of modern society and reframe them in a fantasy setting, as well as his characters, and general humour and storytelling.

Even now, at the grand old age of 36, my mother in law buys me the latest Pratchett book each year for my birthday, and I still love them.

So I’m very sad to read that Terry Pratchett passed away today. I think we all knew it was coming, as did he, after his diagnosis with PCA (Posterior Cortical Atrophy) but it’s still a shock and still immensely sad. I genuinely believe we’ve just lost one of the greatest authors of current times and someone who could both make me laugh out loud and transport me to far off lands on a regular basis.

I’m not really sure what else to say except that, despite not knowing him in any way other than through his books, I’ll miss him.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Are you a fan of Terry Pratchett’s writing? Why not share your favourite quotes or memories in the comments?

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  1. Because I read it first, Mort is the book I always think of when I think of Discworld, although I would say Reaper Man is actually my favourite. I like the character of Death!

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