Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett was an English author of more than 70 novels, most renowned for his fantasy series and especially the Discworld series which is made of 40 volumes. He has sold more than 75 million books worldwide in 37 languages and was UK’s best selling author of the 1990’s. In 2007 he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Terry Pratchett passed away in his sleep on the 12th of March, 2015 at age 66. However, his legacy will always live on.
Terry Pratchett had his literary breakthrough in 1971 when he published his first novel, The Carpet People for which received few, but strong reviews. The book was followed by The Dark Side of the Sun in 1976 and Strata in 1981. However, it was in 1983 when his popularity started rising, with the publishing of his first Discworld series book, The Color of Magic.
Four years later, the author gave up on his work as a Press Officer in order to fully devote himself to writing. His sales increased quickly. Terry Pratchett was at the top places on the best-seller lists many times over. The Times cataloged Pratchett as the top-selling and highest earning UK author in 1996. Two years later he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.
Throughout the years the author’s fame increased and he became one of the most loved British writers. His death on Thursday unleashed a wave of sympathy throughout the world when news was released by the author’s daughter. The announcement was posted on Twitter with a series of tweets written in the voice of one of his characters, Death: “AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.” The following tweet read: “Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”
Did you know Terry Pratchett won the Carnegie Medal in 2001 and received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010?
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