Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Terry has topped The Bookseller's Chart of 'Evergreen' books, by having three novels (out of only twelve books) remain within the top 5000 best sellers since they started tracking it back in 1995. These are three Discworld novels: The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Mort.

    • Following on from Terry's diagnosis with Alzheimer's, and his donation to research into a cure for dementia, he was made Patron of ART (the Alzheimer's Research Trust) in May 2008.

    • Terry, who is patron of the Bath Postal Museum, opened an exhibit there in May, 2008, looking at invention in the Victorian era.

    • Terry is an avid PC-game player and lists Far Cry, Call Of Duty, and Half-Life 2 as some of his favourite games.

    • As of 2000, Terry Pratchett was Britain's best selling living author.

    • Terry lists Steve Baxter and Larry Niven as some of his favourite authors.

    • Dreamworks has bought the option for Pratchett's Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings), and has scheduled the beginning of production for after Shrek 2.

    • In October, 2005, Terry had to cut short a signing tour in Ireland after having recurring chest pains. He was diagnosed as having an oesophageal spasm and sent home to recover.

    • Terry Pratchett's book, The Science of Discworld, co-authored with Ian Stewart, & Jack Cohen (who did the science bits), was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2000 in the category of "Best Related Book."

    • Terry is married; he and his wife Lyn have one daughter, Rhianna, born in 1976.

    • One of Pratchett's most famous characters is The Librarian, an orangutan; Terry has filmed an episode of Jungle Quest for the Orangutan Foundation, and often auctions off the opportunity for fans to have themself included in a book, with the proceeds going to the Orangutan Foundation.

    • In 2006, Sony Pictures acquired the rights to Pratchett's "Wee Free Men" series of novels, and intends to have Sam Raimi direct the live-action movie.

    • In October, 2006, Terry did a signing tour in the northern US to promote his most recent book, Wintersmith.

    • Terry has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004, respectively.

    • Terry's first job after finishing school in 1965 was as a journalist, with the Bucks Free Press.

    • As of 1997 (as reported on Space Cadets), Terry Pratchett held the dubious honour of being Britain's most shop-lifted author.

    • Terry's first story to be published was The Hades Business, when he was 13 years old. It was later republished in a magazine when he was 15, earning him 14 pounds sterling.

    • Terry became a full-time writer in 1987, after working other jobs while writing in his free time.

    • In 1988, Terry was awarded the honour Officer of the British Empire (OBE), 'for services to literature.'

  • Quotes

    • Terry: It is just possible that once you have got past all the gods that we have created with big beards and many human traits, just beyond all that, on the other side of physics, there just may be the ordered structure from which everything flows. That is both a kind of philosophy and totally useless – it doesn't take you anywhere. But it fills a hole.

    • (on the expected response to his news in December 2007 about having early Alzheimer's disease)
      Terry: I know it's a very human thing to say 'Is there anything I can do?' but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

    • Terry: I think all good authors should read outside their field. Otherwise they're just recycling.

    • (a response to J.K. Rowling's assertion that she didn't know that when she was writing Harry Potter, she was writing fantasy)
      Terry: I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, hidden worlds, jumping chocolate frogs, owl mail, magic food, ghosts, broomsticks and spells would have given her a clue?

    • (advice to aspiring writers)
      Terry: So to writers I say, you're going to have to read a lot... So many books that you're going to overflow. You've got to hook into the popular culture of the 20th century. You've got to keep your mind open to all sorts of influences. You've got to sit down for hours at a time in front of the computer. And you must make grammar, punctuation and spelling a part of your life.

    • (on creating characters that people identify with)
      Terry: A great deal of character work lies not in describing the characters, but in describing the shape that they leave in the world. How they react to other people. How they face things. When they keep silent. The manner in which they say things. Character does not consist of telling the reader what color a person's eyes are and how tall he is.

    • Terry: The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

    • (regarding being awarded OBE for services to literature)
      Terry: I suspect the 'services to literature' consisted of refraining from trying to write any.