TERRY PRATCHETT A LIFE WITH FOOTNOTES

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At six years old, Terry was told by his headteacher that he would never amount to anything. He spent the rest of his life proving that teacher wrong. At sixty-six, Terry had lived a life full of achievements: becoming one of the UK’s bestselling writers, winning the Carnegie Medal and being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Following his untimely death from Alzheimer’s disease, the mantle of completing Terry’s memoir was passed to Rob Wilkins, his former assistant, friend and now head of the author’s literary estate. Drawing on his own extensive memories, along with those of Terry’s family, friends, fans and colleagues, Rob recounts Terry’s extraordinary story – from his early childhood to the literary phenomenon that his Discworld series became; and how he met and coped with the challenges that ‘The Embuggerance’ of Alzheimer’s brought with it.

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‘Always readable, illuminating and honest. It made me miss the real Terry.’ NEIL GAIMAN

‘Sometimes joyfully, sometimes painfully, intimate . . . it is wonderful to have this closeup picture of the writer’s working life.’ – FRANK COTTRELL-BOYCE, THE OBSERVER

‘Wilkins has pulled off the extraordinary feat of writing an ‘authorised’ biography which is nonetheless as frank, funny and unsentimental as anything its subject might have produced himself.’ – MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘A moving and acutely observed account . . . by the man who knew him best.’ – THE SUNDAY TIMES

At the time of his death in 2015, award-winning and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett was working on his finest story yet – his own.

The creator of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, Terry Pratchett was known and loved around the world for his hugely popular books, his smart satirical humour and the humanity of his campaign work. But that’s only part of the picture.

Before his untimely death, Terry was writing a memoir: the story of a boy who aged six was told by his teacher that he would never amount to anything and spent the rest of his life proving him wrong. For Terry lived a life full of astonishing achievements: becoming one of the UK’s bestselling and most beloved writers, winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal and being awarded a knighthood.

Now, the book Terry sadly couldn’t finish has been written by Rob Wilkins, his former assistant, friend and now head of the Pratchett literary estate. Drawing on his own extensive memories, along with those of the author’s family, friends and colleagues, Rob unveils the full picture of Terry’s life – from childhood to his astonishing writing career, and how he met and coped with what he called the ‘Embuggerance’ of Alzheimer’s disease.

A deeply moving and personal portrait of the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, written with unparalleled insight and filled with funny anecdotes, this is the only official biography of one of our finest authors.

‘Of all the dead authors in the world, Terry Pratchett is the most alive.’ – JOHN LLOYD

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Weight0.584 kg
Dimensions23.4 × 15.4 × 3.4 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

448 .

Language

English

Edition

Export ed

Dewey

823.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K