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The Guardian has an extract from Rob Wilkins's biography of Terry:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/17/i-think-i-was-good-though-i-could-have-been-better-terry-pratchett-and-the-writing-of-his-life

 

It includes this story:

 

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“He once phoned me up in exasperation that he was being totally taken for granted by his publishers,” his friend Dave Busby told me. “He was fuming. He had had enough. He was going to take a sabbatical. No more writing for at least six months. I felt very pleased for him. He needed that break. I think he planned to do a lot of travelling. I did not hear from him for about six months and when we made contact again, I asked him what he had done in his sabbatical. He replied, irritably, ‘I wrote two books.’”

 

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26 minutes ago, Nick R said:

The Guardian has an extract from Rob Wilkins's biography of Terry:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/17/i-think-i-was-good-though-i-could-have-been-better-terry-pratchett-and-the-writing-of-his-life

 

It includes this story:

 

 

But.. WHICH TWO ?!?! And I read that last part in the sound of Sir Pterry's voice :wub:

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And he bloody said nope £125k is too much.  

 

Buying Robs book. Probably gonna cry reading it tbh. 

 

My Big nan and Pterry died in the same week. She's probably the most important person in my childhood tbh.  Terry going hurts just as much.  

 

 

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Men at arms finished. It's hard to put into words how good this was, just one of those things that leaves you with the warmest, most satisfied feeling.

I've been reading them in order but I may ignore my OCD and jump to Interesting Times because I've read Soul Music before and it's not going to arrive for a week or so. 

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What's the best age to start getting into Discworld, dyou think? I can't remember when I started them, although I'm reasonably sure I read the bromiad trilogy first.

 

Reason I ask is my mate's 8 year old daughter absolutely loves reading / being read to. My friend's just about to finish reading the Harry Potter books to her and is planning to start Redwall next, and I was thinking of buying her a load of Pratchett books for Christmas but I really don't want to time it badly and make her bounce off them & never go back

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6 hours ago, PK said:

What's the best age to start getting into Discworld, dyou think? I can't remember when I started them, although I'm reasonably sure I read the bromiad trilogy first.

 

Reason I ask is my mate's 8 year old daughter absolutely loves reading / being read to. My friend's just about to finish reading the Harry Potter books to her and is planning to start Redwall next, and I was thinking of buying her a load of Pratchett books for Christmas but I really don't want to time it badly and make her bounce off them & never go back

Why not try some of the kids novels that Pratchett  did like Truckers?

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The purist in me wants to say RELEASE ORDER but the problem is I suspect, looking back, that The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic are (relatively) not that good. I mean they're good but he hasn't quite found his feet yet. The series comes alive later on. Some people say to start with Equal Rites (book 3, Witches) or Mort (book 4, Death) for that reason. Either is probably a good shout. 

 

If she's fairly tech-savvy you could let her know about the Annotated Pratchett File (a crowdsourced, albeit pre-wiki, document that aims to provide context and explanation for the jokes and references in the books). It's great. It's deeply ugly by modern standards though - it's resolutely Web 1.0 so there are no concessions to mobile formatting etc. So it might not be the easiest to use unless she has her own computer, or access to one. 
 

Edited to add: I didn’t realise there’s a PDF version which plays nicely enough with (for example) the Kindle app for iPad:

 

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Tiffany Aching books could be a good place to start.

 

Though Pterry was always of the school that you should give kids books that are beyond their. recommended age level.

 

Mort would be a good start - it's a good stand alone book, The Witches and Watch books are great but they'ed probably get more from them if they are a bit other and get more of the references. 

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