Trib­ute from the li­brary that in­spired Terry Pratch­ett

Li­brary where au­thor ‘dis­cov­ered the world’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HERBERT tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

BEA­CONS­FIELD Li­brary has hon­oured the life of le­gendary au­thor Terry Pratch­ett with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

The trib­ute to the late fan­tasy writer was un­veiled on Tues­day (March 7) by his daugh­ter Rhi­anna, busi­ness man­ager Rob Wilkins and town mayor Patrick Ho­gan.

Rhi­anna said: “It’s won­der­ful to be here at Bea­cons­field Li­brary. This is the place, not where Terry Pratch­ett was born, but where the Terry Pratch­ett was born.

“It’s where got his ed­u­ca­tion, where he in­dulged his love of read­ing, where he dis­cov­ered the world and dis­cov­ered he wanted to be a writer.

“He would have loved it. He loved li­braries and li­brar­i­ans so this feels like the per­fect place to com­mem­o­rate him.”

Sir Terry was born in the town, spend­ing a large por­tion of his life at the li­brary where he worked as a Satur­day boy.

The late au­thor, who sold 85 mil­lion books through­out his life­time, cred­its it with his ed­u­ca­tion as he bor­rowed count­less books from the shelves.

Mr Wilkins said: “I don’t think school was a happy time, but here in the li­brary he was given a copy of Wind in the Wil­lows at the age of 10 and a few years later he finds him­self here with enough li­brary cards to fill his young pock­ets.

“He walked through the door and he read ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.

“We can­not un­der­es­ti­mate the power of li­braries and the one thing that Terry would want you to walk away from here to­day is un­der­stand­ing the power of li­braries.”

His works touched count­less read­ers and his en­dur­ing legacy was ev­i­dent as some fans had made the 400 mile round trip from Swansea for the oc­ca­sion.

Ja­son An­thony and Rachel Row­land, who run on-line news­let­ter Dis­c­world Monthly, said they were happy he was be­ing re­mem­bered. Mr Row­land said: “We thought we would make an ef­fort. It’s some­thing spe­cial.”

The plaque is lo­cated on the out­side of the li­brary, near the en­trance.

Sir Terry died in 2015 from Alzheimer’s dis­ease, aged 66. In Fe­bru­ary the BBC screened a docu­d­rama about his life, which fea­tured the li­brary and also his time work­ing as a reporter.

Mayor Patrick Ho­gan with Rhi­anna Pratch­ett and Rob Wilkins Young fan Spike Mur­phy with dad Vincent. Above left, Dis­c­world Monthly writ­ers Ja­son An­thony & Rachel Row­lands had trav­elled from Swansea

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