History Fridays #12 – Goodbye Terry Pratchett.

“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, re knitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always – eventually – manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.”

— Terry Pratchett, Mort

Today I found out that Terry Pratchett, one of my favourite authors (as in top 5 favourite), died yesterday. Fans have known for a while that this day would come sooner than we wished, as Pratchett suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimers. I knew it was coming. But I didn’t expect it. I kept the continuous hope of “just one more book.” There will be one more book that comes out this year (Pratchett finished it last year). But that’s it. For real this time. And that knowledge makes me very, very sad. I have more to say about Pratchett and how his writing has influenced my understanding of story and voice. I have more to say about my love of the world that he created. The characters. But not right now. Not today.

Today I will just be sad. And I will share with you one of the many history quotes included in the Discworld series.

And I will recommend that if you haven’t read any of his works that you consider picking one up. Part of the brilliance of the series is that you can start anywhere. The world is connected, the timeline flows, but each book can also stand alone. Not sure where to start? My favourite is Going Postal. It’s also the book that introduced me to Pratchett.


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