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by Lynsey on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:54 am
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Never read a Terry Pratchett book? Always meant to but never got round to it? Well now’s your chance!


Enter our lucky dip to win a mystery Terry Pratchett book! It could be a Discworld title, it could be a collaboration like Good Omens or it could be one of his children’s books. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got a Terry Pratchett book for you!

Just email the address below with your name and address and the subject line Pick up a Pratchett and we’ll send you a Terry Pratchett novel. It’s that simple. Some books may even come with a special gift – a bag, a badge or even a poster!

Just email us at Discworld to be in with a chance at winning!


Good Luck!


Lucky dip closes on Sunday 4th November, winners will be sent books and potential goodies!

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Read Terry Pratchett short story here!
by Lynsey on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

This month sees the publication of Terry Pratchett’s A Blink of the Screen, collected shorter fiction spanning the career of the great fantasy writer/

For a limited time only we’ll be hosting one of the stories from the collection right here!

For all readers who love the Discworld or are completely new to the flat circular world that floats through space on top of four giant elephants who are perched on the back of a space turtle. May I present to you, the wonderful, the  erudite…



W. H. Smith Bookcase magazine, July/August 1993

It was a fine summer morning, the kind to make a man happy to be alive. And probably the man would have been happier to be alive. He was, in fact, dead.
It would be hard to be deader without special training.
‘Well, now,’ said Sergeant Colon (Ankh-Morpork City Guard, Night Watch), consulting his notebook, ‘so far we has cause of death as a) being beaten with at least one blunt instrument, b) being ­strangled with a string of sausages, and c) being savaged by at least two animals with big sharp teeth. What do we do now, Nobby?’
‘Arrest the suspect, sarge,’ said Corporal Nobbs, saluting smartly.
‘What suspect, Nobby?’
‘Him,’ said Nobby, prodding the corpse with his boot. ‘I call it highly suspicious, being dead like that.’
‘But he’s the victim, Nobby. He was the one what was killed.’
‘Ah, right. So we can get him as an accessory, too.’
‘He’s been drinking, too. We could do him for being dead and ­disorderly.’
Colon scratched his head. Arresting the corpse offered, of course, ­certain advantages. But . . .
‘I reckon,’ he said slowly, ‘that Captain Vimes’ll want this one sorted out. You’d better bring it back to the Watch House, Nobby.’
‘And then can we eat the sausages, sarge?’ said Corporal Nobbs.

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The Long Earth Stepper Brought To Life!
by Lynsey on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter’s The Long Earth was published last week and follows the journey of Joshua and Lobsang as they travel on the Mark Twain across parallel earths!

Ever wondered how you could cross between worlds? Willis Linsay’s original stepper diagram that was posted online in the book is now availableto peruse below! Don’t forget your potato!

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Sir Terry Pratchett has today, been named the winner of the 2012 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction for his novel Snuff. Praised by The Independent for being ‘As funny as Wodehouse and as witty as Waugh’, the judges felt it seemed only fitting for him to win a prize that celebrates fiction that captures the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse.

The prize includes the naming of a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig after the novel.

This is the first time Pratchett has won the prize, although he has been shortlisted on three previous occasions for his novels Thief of Time (2002), Going Postal (2005) and Thud! (2006). As the 13th winner of the prize, he joins previous winners including Paul Torday, Ian McEwan, Marina Lewycka and DBC Pierre in an impressive canon of comic fiction.

Snuff is Terry Pratchett’s 50th book and the 39th in the Discworld novels. The book, which sees Commander Sam Vimes investigating a country house murder whilst on holiday, has become one of the fastest-selling hardback novels since records began. AS Byatt, in a review for The Guardian, commented ‘Pratchett is a master storyteller… He is a master of complex jokes, good bad jokes, good dreadful jokes and a kind of insidious wisdom about human nature (and other forms of alien nature).’

Peter Florence, a judge of the prize and Director of The Telegraph Hay Festival, comments: ‘I am thrilled he’s won in this 25th anniversary year of the festival. He’s consistently funny, inventive and with an acute, satirical view of the world.’

Terry Pratchett will be presented with the Prize – a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année and a set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection – at The Telegraph Hay Festival on Wednesday 6 June. He will also have the honour of having a locally-bred pig named after the novel.

This great news following the BAFTA that Terry Pratchett won last weekend for Best Single Documentary for his deeply moving and highly provocative BBC Two documentary Choosing to Die.

For more information on Terry Pratchett visit his website:
To order your copy of Snuff click here

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Congratulations to Sir Terry Pratchett and John O’Farrell who are amongst the five writers on the shortlist for this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction announced today.

It is the fourth time Pratchett has been nominated for the prize, having previously been shortlisted for his novels Thief of Times (2002), Going Postal (2005) and Thud (2006). John O’Farrell appears on the list for a second time.

The five shortlisted novels are:

  • Capital by John Lanchester

Described as having ‘a touch of Dickens’ by Clare Tomalin, this chronicle of London life post-financial meltdown follows a small cross-section of the inhabitants of one south London street. The Guardian calls the book ‘a brainy state-of-the-nation novel’

  • Jude in London by Julian Gough

The sequel to his previously shortlisted Jude: Level 1, Jude in London follows penniless Irish orphan Jude as he walks the length of England on a quest to find his True Love, winning the Turner Prize and killing the Poet Laureate on the way. The book was shortlisted for The Guardian’s 2011 ‘Not the Booker shortlist’

  • Snuff by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers

‘As funny as Wodehouse and as witty as Waugh’ (Independent), Snuff is Terry Pratchett’s 50th book and the 39th in the Discworld novels. The book, which sees Commander Sam Vimes investigating a country house murder whilst on holiday, has become one of the fastest-selling novels since records began

  • The Woman who went to bed for a year by Sue Townsend

‘An exquisite social comedy’ (Daily Telegraph), this is the story of Eva who, on the day her gifted twins leave home for university, climbs into bed and stays there

  • The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers)

‘A heart-warming comedy of marriage – and divorce’ (Guardian), this is the story of Jack Vaughan who, after an amnesiac episode on the tube, can remember nothing about his life, including his wife. But when he next sees his wife – to whom he’s getting divorced – it’s love at first sight and sets Vaughan on a mission to rescue his marriage

The judges of the prize are: James Naughtie, broadcaster and author; David Campbell, Everyman’s Library publisher and Peter Florence, Director of The Telegraph Hay Festival. Peter Florence comments on the shortlist:

‘It’s a really happy list which resonates with lots of the verbal wit, delightful characterisation and satirical edge of Wodehouse’s own work. There are three great comic writers on top form – O’Farrell, Pratchett and Townsend, John Lanchester’s masterly novel Capital that teems with humour and Julian Gough’s picaresque satire Jude in London.’

This year’s winner will be announced just ahead of the Hay festival in late May, followed by an audience with the winner during the festival.


To order a copy of this books click the links below:
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell

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Michael Logan On Becoming A Published Author
by Lynsey on May 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

Today marks the publication of the two winners of the  inaugural Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Award. To mark this occasion we asked Michael Logan, author of Apocalypse Cow what it felt like to become a published author…


“Six years after the idea crystallised and one year after winning the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award, my debut novel Apocalypse Cow is finally on the shelves, introducing social satire through the scandalously neglected medium of zombie cows to the unsuspecting, and possibly horrified, literary world.

It’s hard to escape the clichés when describing my emotions upon realising a lifelong dream. Of course, I am overjoyed, proud, excited and nervous, but I can’t shake of the sense of unreality. I wrote Apocalypse Cow largely for fun. I certainly never expected it to be published given the odd subject matter. In fact, I almost didn’t enter the competition, only doing so when my wife grabbed a firm hold of my ear and kept twisting until I pressed ‘send’ on my submission. I still have the deformed earlobe to prove exactly how much force she had to apply.

When I was shortlisted, I at first assumed it was practical joke as the email arrived on the eve of April Fools’ Day. Then, when I won alongside David Logan with his fantastic novel Half Sick of Shadows, I couldn’t shake the feeling it was an administrative error. For months, I expected to receive an email saying: ‘Can we have our award back, please?’

Now that the book is out there, I think I am ready to accept this is actually happening.

Getting here has been a long journey. I wrote my first short story – a 300-word sci-fi epic entitled ‘My Push-Button World’ – when I was nine. The trauma of failing to secure a five-book deal on the strength of this ground-breaking work – which involved a full-size football pitch that sprung up, complete with 21 robots to play with, upon my command – crushed my budding literary aspirations. I barely wrote a word, save for frequent punishment exercises, throughout the rest of school.

In fact, I didn’t really start writing again until ten years ago. Even then it was a case of squeezing it in between jobs, raising a young family, and glamorous international travel – if you count two weeks in Tajikistan nursing a dodgy stomach and being forced to wear a bracelet made from goat flesh in Northern Kenya as glamorous. I wrote literary short stories with some modest success, and a very serious novel focusing on sectarianism in Glasgow that I hid from the world, but when the zombie cows called, I had to answer.

And so, here we are. Apocalypse Cow is out there in the world. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.”


Novelist, Journalist and other things ending in -ist

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Less than Two Months Till The Long Earth!
by Lynsey on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is the first collaboration from Terry Pratchett since his work on Good Omens with Neil Gaiman.

Sir Terry Pratchett first developed his vision of a chain of parallel worlds, The Long Earth, in an unfinished novel and two short stories originally entitled The High Meggas in 1986, after writing Equal Rites, the third novel in what would turn into the hugely successful  Discworld series.  Now, at last, this long-gestating concept  is to see the light of day in two books written in collaboration with Stephen Baxter, author of Flood, Ark and the Time’s Tapestry  and Destiny’s Children series.

‘Our Earth is but one of a chain of parallel worlds, each differing from its neighbours by a little (or a lot) in an infinite landscape of infinite possibilities. And you can just step from one world to the next…’ TERRY PRATCHETT

The Long Earth hits the shelves on 21st June 2012 and we can’t wait, we’ll keep you updated on all things Long Earth here at What Shall I Read?

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Snuff Said!
by Lynsey on Aug 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

This year sees the publication of Terry Pratchett’s 39th Discworld novel SNUFF! To celebrate this momentous occasion we have been revealing exclusive images, information and spoilers on the Terry Pratchett Facebook Group on the 13th of every month in the run up to publication on the 13th October.

There are only two months left and what better way to celebrate the 13th August exclusive SNUFF date than with a competition to win an extremely rare, early reading edition of SNUFF! Get your hands on an uncorrected book proof two months before the book hits the shelves!

It couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is answer the question below. Email your name and answer to the following address: to be in with a chance to win.

 Q: What was the 25th Discworld novel called?

All winning entries will be put in the proverbial hat (or sack if there are a dearth of hats) and the winner will be drawn on Monday 15th August. The competition ends at midnight on Sunday 14th August and the winner will be announced at noon on Monday 15th August! Open to international entrants.

Good Luck!


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The Terry Pratchett Prize Shortlist Announcement!
by Lynsey on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

The Terry Pratchett PrizeThe Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize


Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers launched a new award for aspiring debut novelists in June last year: the Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Since the deadline for submissions on 31 December 2010, the team have spent many hours reading, reporting and discussing the over 500 entries that were submitted for the £20,000 prize as an advance on a publishing contract.

Here is the final shortlist in alphabetical order:

  1.   Postponing Armageddon by Adele Abbott
  2.  The Platinum Ticket by Dave Beynon
  3.  Half Sick of Shadows by David Logan
  4.  Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
  5.  Lun by Andrew Salomon
  6.  The Coven at Callington by Shereen Vedam

The six shortlisted books cover a breadth of topics and sub genres, imagination and alternate worlds. Each shortlisted entry was chosen for their skilful writing, vast imaginative powers and ability to tell a good story!

The winner will be judged by Sir Terry Pratchett, Tony Robinson, Michael Rowley from Waterstone’s, Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director of Doubleday and Simon Taylor, Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers. The winner will be announced by Sir Terry Pratchett at a party to be held on 31 May 2011.

Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to the prize.

For more information please contact: Lynsey Dalladay, Press Officer at Transworld Publishers on 0208 231 6793 or

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