Personal Life

Sir Terry was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England [4140]. In 1968 Terry married Lyn Purves. Their daughter Rihanna, to whom Terry has dedicated several books, was born in 1976 [4139].

Terry announced that he has Posterior Cortical Atrophy in March 2008 [4140]. 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 [4141]. 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 [4140].

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 [4140].

Sir Terry PratchettCredit: Stefan Servos


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 [4139].

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 [4139]. 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 [4139].  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 [4139].

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 [4140].

Sir Terry Pratchett 2Credit: 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 [4140]. Sir Terry continues to write and has expressed that this creativity is necessary for a happy life [4139].

Continue reading: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett - An Overview.

The Colour of MagicCredit: Terry Pratchett, Sandra Kidby, PJSM prints

List of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Published Books [4142]

The Discworld series

The Colour of Magic
The Light Fantastic
Equal Rites
Wyrd Sisters
Guards! Guards!
Moving Pictures
Reaper Man
Witches Abroad
Small Gods
Lords and Ladies
Men at Arms
Soul Music
Interesting Times
Feet of Clay
The Last Continent
Carpe Jugulum
The Fifth Elephant
The Truth
Thief of Time
The Last Hero
The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents
Night Watch
The Wee Free Men
Monstrous Regiment
A Hat Full of Sky
Going Postal
Making Money
Unseen Academicals
I Shall Wear Midnight

Other books about Discworld

The Science of Discworld
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch
The New Discworld Companion
Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook
The Pratchett Portfolio
The Discworld Almanak
The Unseen University cut-out book
Where’s My Cow?
The Art of Discworld
The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld
The Folklore of Discworld

Non-Discworld books

The Dark Side of the Sun
The unadulterated Cat
Good Omens

Non-Discworld novels for younger readers

The Carpet People
Only You Can Save Mankind
Johnny and the Dead
Johnny and the Bomb