First, an introduction to the author:
Terry Pratchett OBE - Author of the famous discworld novels
28th April 1948: Terence David John Pratchett OBE, author of the famous Discworld novels and many other books was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England.
1959: He passed his eleven plus exams and chose to attend High Wycombe Technical high School.
1961: He started early and had his first work in print at the age of only 13. It was a short story called "The Hades Business" and it was published in his school magazine.
1963:"The Hades Business" was reprinted in Science Fantasy magazine and Terry Pratchett became a professional writer, receiving a fee of £14.
1965: He left school and began work as a journalist for the Bucks Free Press. His work "Night Dweller" was published in New Worlds magazine.
1968: He met Peter Bander van Duren, a director of Colin Smythe Limited - a publisher in Buckinghamshire.
1971: His first novel "The Carpet People" was published by Colin Smythe Limited.
1980: He was appointed as the Central Electricity Generating Board publicity officer.
1983: The first Discworld novel "The Colour of Magic" was published.
1987: Parted company with the Central Electricity Generating Board to concentrate on his writing. He has produced books at an estimated rate of two per year.
1998: Awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for "services to literature"
1999: Awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Literature) by the University of Warwick.
The famous Discworld novels tell the saga of life on a flat disc world which spins on the backs of four elephants, who in turn are supported by a giant turtle called Great A'Tuin. The books are written in a style that generates an addiction and a craving for more discworld humour and parody with every page.