Sir Terry was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England . In 1968 Terry married Lyn Purves. Their daughter Rihanna, to whom Terry has dedicated several books, was born in 1976 .
Terry announced that he has Posterior Cortical Atrophy in March 2008 . This rare form of Alzheimer’s disease is also known as Benson’s syndrome. It is a degenerative condition affecting the posterior of the brain . Terry donated £500,000 to research for Alzheimer’s disease. He has appeared on several television shows discussing the condition as well as in a documentary called Choosing To Die. The 2011 film discusses assisted suicide .
Sir Terry was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1998 for his services to literature. His literary services also contributed to his knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2009 .
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Sir Terry Pratchett's career began with the appearance of many of his short stories in the school magazine Technical Cygnet. His first commercially published story was The Hades Business which was featured in the magazine Science Fantasy when he was fifteen. The profits from this publication allowed Terry to buy his first typewriter .
Leaving school in 1965 to follow up on a job opportunity with Bucks Free Press, Sir Terry pursued a career in journalism. During his employment, Terry interviewed one of the directors of the publishing company Colin Smythe Limited, Peter Bander van Duren. Terry mentioned his book The Carpet People to Peter and asked for it to be considered for publication. It was released in 1971 . Originally, Terry drew illustrations for the book himself. This was replaced by Josh Kirby's art in the revised 1992 edition.
The first discworld book The Colour of Magic was published in 1983. The pitch was made to Corgi to buy the publishing rights to this book after New English Library was considered to have not marketed Strata very well. The Colour of Magic was read as a series on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Equal Rites was also broadcast on the show later . This increased Terry’s popularity and presence as an author.
The Light Fantastic was published in 1986. It wasn’t until 1987 that Terry was able to, and consequently chose to become a full-time writer. His income and popularity continued to rise as his other books were published. Soul Music was the number one paperback bestseller for four weeks. Maskerade and Interesting Times were featured in the Top Ten list of most demanded books for Christmas .
Terry has won several awards for his work. In 2003, he won the SFX award for the Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Author. The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain also awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for his contributions to children’s writing .Credit: Moroboshi
Many of Sir Terry Pratchett's novels have been released as audiobooks, movies and e-books. The filming for his children’s story Truckers is underway, with an expected release of 2013 . Sir Terry continues to write and has expressed that this creativity is necessary for a happy life .
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List of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Published Books 
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