Terry Pratchett Biography
Terry Pratchett (born 1948) lives in Somerset, England, where he spends all his time, and
more, writing his rigorously naturalistic, curiously entertaining, shamelessly
popular Discworld novels that have earned him extravagant acclaim and puzzled
stares from millions of readers around the world.
With sales of over 30 million copies, Pratchett's brilliantly funny and
subtly wise books have been translated into more than 25 languages.
In addition to his 29 novels (as of 2004) about the fantastic flat planet
Pratchett has written several children's books, including The Bromeliad
Trilogy and the books about Johnny Maxwell: Only You Can Save Mankind,
Johnny and the Bomb, and Johnny and the Dead.
He won the Carnegie Medal for his first young adult novel set in
Discworld, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, which was also named an
ALA Best Book for Young Adults, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Books
for Reading and Sharing, and a Bank Street College Children's Book Committee
Book of Outstanding Merit.
In December 2007 Terry Pratchett let it be known that he has "a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom 'stroke.'"
He writes: "We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet.
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell."
This biography was last updated on 12/12/2007.
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