Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE

Terry Pratchett Sir Terry was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield and was an undistinguished student though his first comercial publication was a short story at age fifteen.
Terry had his first breakthrough in 1968, when working as a journalist, he came to interview Peter Bander van Duren, co-director of a small publishing company. During the meeting, Pratchett mentioned he had written a manuscript, The Carpet People. Bander van Duren published the book in 1971, with illustrations by Pratchett himself. The book received strong, if few reviews and was followed by several science fiction novels. But he's really known for the Discworld series of novels and latterly his campaigning over Alzheimers.


Discworld Novels and Associated Science Books

Great Atuin Discworld is a fantasy world created by Terry Pratchett where the world is a disc resting on the back of four giant elephants on the back of a great turtle "Great Atuin" that travels through the Universe.
The huge success of dozens of books based in Discworld testify to the popularity of his writing.
My favourites are 'Going Postal', 'The Thief of Time' and 'I shall Wear Midnight'.


Alzheimers

Sir Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008 and in June 2011, said he had started the formal process that could lead to his own assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
He could have kept quiet about the diagnosis but chose to speak on behlaf of those suffering from Alzheimers. He said that he decided to start the process after making the film Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, which shows the moment of death of a motor neurone sufferer, millionaire hotel owner Peter Smedley. Pratchett (aged 60 when he was diagnosed), said his decision to start the formal process with Dignitas did not necessarily mean he was going to take his own life. According to Dignitas, 70% of people who sign the forms do not go through with taking their own lives. Terry continues to give talks on the subject and work ith the Alzheimers Society.


Some Quotes by Terry Pratchett

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting 'All the Gods are bastards.' In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.