Pratchett’s unpublished work destroyed
Steam roller takes care of author’s final wishes
BEACONSFIELD born author Terry Pratchett has had one of his final wishes fulfilled, the destruction of all his unfinished works.
In accordance with his request The Discworld author’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage steam roller known as Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair last weekend.
The destroyed disc, or what’s left of it will now be displayed as part of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work which opens at Salisbury Museum this month.
The news about the demise of Pratchett’s unfinished works emerged on Friday last week as Rob Wilkins, who manages the Pratchett estate, tweeted from an official Twitter account that he was “about to fulfil my obligation to Terry” along with a picture of an intact computer hard drive – following up with a tweet that showed the hard drive in pieces.
The author of over 70 novels, Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.
He continued to write and publish, increasingly with the assistance of others, until his death in 2015.
Two novels were published posthumously: The Long Utopia (a collaboration with Stephen Baxter) and The Shepherd’s Crown, the final Discworld novel.
After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator, told the Times that Pratchett had wanted “whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all”.
In March this year Pratchett’s memory was honoured with a plaque at Beaconsfield Library,
His daughter Rhianna said the Library, where he worked as a Saturday boy was ‘not where Terry Pratchett was born, but where the Terry Pratchett was born’.
Mr Wilkins, who was also present at the unveiling ceremony added: “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.”
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