Pratch­ett’s un­pub­lished work de­stroyed

Steam roller takes care of au­thor’s fi­nal wishes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

Terry Pratch­ett PHOTO: IAN GA­VAN/GETTY IM­AGES

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