10 aMaZinG FacTs aBoUT Terry PraTcheTT
1 Terry’s first published work was a short story, “The hades Business”. he sold it to Science Fantasy magazine at the age of 15, but it was actually written two years previously. 2 at the age of 17 he got a job as a trainee reporter. within a few hours on the job he’d already seen his first dead body. “That’s when i learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up,” he later said. 3 although he was already writing novels, Pratchett didn’t want to abandon the safety of a full- time job, so he took the role of a press officer with responsibility for three nuclear power stations. with typical “good” timing it came just after the meltdown of the reactor at Three Mile island in the United states.
terrypratchetti is a species of fossilised sea turtle first discovered in 1995. it was named by robert Kohler in honour of his favourite author. 5 Pratchett was named an oBe in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 new year honours list. 6 Terry was the bestselling author in the UK through the ’ 90s until 2005 – and remains the country’s most shoplifted! his books are translated into 36 different languages. 7 in 2010 he was granted his own coat of arms. They feature an owl, an ankh and the motto “noli Timere Messorem” – which, translated, means “don’t fear the reaper”. 8 The same year, he forged his own sword. with the help of experts he constructed a kiln, gathered 81kg of iron ore and pieces of meteorite and smelted it himself. 9 he donated a lot of money to alzheimer’s charities. in 2007 he gave $ 1 million to the alzheimer’s research Trust. The day after his death, fans had raised £ 28,000 for his chosen charity, The research institute for the care of older People ( rice). 10 and, of course, he wrote a lot of books. Too many to list here, in fact, but including: 41 discworld novels; four
Science Of Discworld books ( with Professor ian stewart and dr Jack cohen); the Truckers trilogy; the Johnny Maxwell trilogy; the Long Earth quartet ( with stephen Baxter); six standalone novels ( The Carpet People, The Dark Side Of The Sun, Strata,
Nation, Dodger and Good Omens, with neil Gaiman); The Unadulterated Cat; Where’s My Cow; Dragons At Crumbling Castle; an anthology of short stories; a collection of non- fiction; and various maps, diaries and companion volumes.