NEWS: Terry Pratchett, Discworld series author, dies aged 66

by |March 13, 2015

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett, the man who kept readers around the world laughing after the premature death of Douglas Adams, has died in his home surrounded by family eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Author of over 70 books, many of which make up his celebrated Discworld series, Pratchett redefined comic fantasy writing and made some of the biggest and most complex issues accessible to large audiences. His wit and satiric eye tore asunder the doublespeak of the modern world. His intelligence shone a light into places few dare to go. His recent documentary on assisted suicide was one of the most profound pieces of television to air this century.

From The Guardian: The announcement of his passing came in typically irreverent manner on the author’s Twitter feed, with a series of tweets beginning in the voice of his character, Death: “AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.”

With more than 75m copies sold around the world, Pratchett became one of the UK’s most-loved writers after the publication of his first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, in 1983. The 40th, Raising Steam, was released last year, with the writer completing recent work using voice-recognition software …

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