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In the times most dreadful, his humour was the light that carried me away from all the troubles. I’ve learnt to perceive things from another viewpoint and to laugh my butt off wherever I was.
I never leave home without one of his books, and no matter how many times I’ve read the same book - it never fails to reveal new wonders and new ideas.
(Submission by Anita)
Terry Pratchett means a lot of different things to me. Memories shared with my mum, who introduced me to the discworld, good times shared with my sister, who shares my love of all things discworld and with whom I have spent many hours playing Ankh-Morpork, knowledge that Sir Terry shared with all of us, in the most bizarre and yet touching examples. But most of all, to me, Terry Pratchett means freedom. Freedom within your own mind to extract yourself from whatever woe the day has thrown at you. I couldn’t ever thank him enough.
(submission by Gillian)
Terry Pratchett has a deep, deep wisdom that I love, especially when it’s delivered in books that make you laugh out loud.
(Submission by Tracey)
I started reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books when I was a sophomore in college. A friend of mine was interested in them, so I picked them up. My first book was “Guards, Guards!”, and then I bought as many as I could before my book store closed in 2010.
As of 2012, I’ve read most of the books on my e-reader.
I think that even Pratchett’s work is fantastic. Although some characters aren’t human and there’s fantasy elements, everything is so… relevant. There are themes in Discworld that I can relate to real life.
It would take a whole page to list them all, but I know one of them that seems to be universal. “Everything may not be perfect, but it’s never hopeless if you try.” That’s an important message that I think all fiction needs to teach readers of all ages.
I’m an American, so I’m sad to say that I will probably never meet Terry Pratchett. But if I had the chance, I would tell him how much I loved his work, and how his stories stayed with me in good times and bad.
(Submission by alynnl)
No matter how bleak things have been in my life I have always been able to turn to Terry Pratchett to help me through. His books have never failed to make me smile. I think that he has saved more lives through his writing than he could possibly imagine xxx he certainly saved mine xxx
Plus without TP I wouldn’t know what a susurrous was, and that just would not do!
(submission by Cate Starr)
I engage Sir Terry’s Discworld novels/characters to illustrate sociological points & perspectives for undergraduate University students, I rely on his Discworld series for my own preferred recreational reading, & I rely on him to remind me of how important it is to both retain a sense of humour, but also to never flinch from difficult realities.
“The point is, there’s always something before. It’s always a case of Now Read On”
(Submission by Annetta Mallon)
Terry Pratchett helped me mentally escape small town South Africa and it’s injustices as a teen. I have 4 children now and they are all huge fans too. Thanks Sir Terry, you have inspired so many of us!
(Submission by Carla)
Like I said I’m Dyslexic at least thats what people started telling me when I was 13. It’s doesn’t affect me as much as people assume it does but reading and writing use to be more of an effort then a joy. Not that i don’t enjoy stories I always liked to make up stories and hear stories being read to me, but I did not read and finnish a book more then 20 pages long until I was 16. That book was Mort. Mort was the first Novel I read all the way though and the first book which made me laugh out loud. Since then and now that I know its possible, I have read almost all of Terry Pratchett’s work, (Guards! Guards! is my favourite book of all time) as well as Arthur Conan Doyels, H.G Whells, Daren Shan, Raymond Chandler, C.S Lewis, Neil Gaiman to name but a few and countless comic and graphic novel series. I also write down my own stories, they aren’t worth shit but i get tremendous joy from writing for myself. I honestly don’t think I would have started reading if it wasn’t for Terry Pratchett. I mean, if a 16 year old fat girl with curly hair can stand up to Death, maybe another 16 year-old fat girl with curly hair can read a whole Book.
(Submission by rosiebeastieparsons)
Many years ago I was lucky enough to find a seat on a rush hour train from Waterloo heading west. It was one of those pull down seats in the doorway of the rearmost carriage. The one where people jump in when the nearly miss the train.
Who should jump on but TP, in full regalia including Hat. I commented something witty like ‘It is amazing who you meet on a train’. He smiled and went on up the train.
Some 10 minutes later he reappeared, sat next to me and we had a convivial conversation, about the world and books, I believe I was carrying a W E B Griffith book at the time, for about half an hour.
He then aplogised, saying he had some work to do, thanked me for entertaining him and disappeared up the train.
Since then I have always thought of him as a gentleman and a scholar.