THE COMPLEAT DIS CWORLD ATLAS
Edge to edge
released 22 October 127 pages | Hardback
Authors Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium
For fans who’ve loved the Discworld for more than 30 years, there’s something especially heartbreaking about an author bio that refers to Terry Pratchett in the past tense. But with the final novel released in August, now’s a good time to look back on the entirety of the series with this “general and descriptive geography” of the Disc. Arranged like a conventional atlas, it covers each of the nations of the Disc in turn, discussing their history, governance and opportunities for tourism. A fold- out map helps you to put each country in context.
Though the text is amusing, it acts as a reminder of what it’s not – you get a strong urge throughout to put the atlas down and begin a re- read of the novels instead. And more maps within the book would help to place each country visually without having to fold out the huge map or flip back and forth. This is a fun collectable for fans, but if you’re still to buy any of the novels, get them first. Then raise a drink to what we’ve lost. Rhian Drinkwater
More maps within the book would help
Pratchett resisted mapping Discworld for a long time, arguing that, “You can’t map a sense of humour”.
Detail of Methodia Rascal’s “Battle Of Koom Valley”.
Uberwald and the Kneck Valley.