Friday, March 13, 2015

Terry Pratchett. The End.

"Stories of the imagination tend to upset those without"

The literary world was saddened today to learn of Terry Pratchett's death at the age of 66. Sir Terry suffered from a rare form of Alzheimer's Disease.

Just two days ago, at the ACT heat of the 2015 Kids' Lit Quiz, Wayne Mills told the audience that, if they were going to read one author before attending a KLQ event, they wouldn't go wrong if that author was Terry Pratchett, one of the world's best fantasy writers. 

If you haven't read any Terry Pratchett books, this is the favourite of one 13 year old fan known to me. (2003, Transworld Publishing). He also recommended Mort (1987).

A lot will be written and said about Terry Pratchett over the next few days to add to the many words already written and said over the years and, most importantly, to what Terry Pratchett himself wrote and said over his long and prolific career. If you have to choose, choose to read the books. But here are some links to the news too:

Today's news report from the Sydney Morning Herald;  
Neil Gaiman's 2014 article in the Guardian books section; 
The Guardian's "Terry Pratchett in Quotes: 15 of the best";
Dan Piepenbring's in memoriam article in The Paris Review.

To close, here are two Terry Pratchett quotes:

“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” 

And, my all time favourite, from A Hatful of Sky:

"Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

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