An author of fantasy novels who has over 85 million books worldwide in 37 different languages, Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE was born on 28 April, 1948. Most famous for his long-running and bestselling series of Discworld novels, Terry Pratchett worked in journalism and was keen on a career in astronomy before he started writing fiction. He wrote short stories under the pseudonym, ‘Uncle Jim’ and published his debut novel* The Carpet People* in 1971.
Influenced by H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle, Terry Pratchett’s books were not only full of magic and adventure, but funny too. He was also known for his trademark black hats. As well as winning the Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, Terry was awarded an OBE in 1998 and knighted in 2009. He was the second bestselling author in the UK behind J.K. Rowling. Terry announced he was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 and filmed a BBC documentary chronicling his experiences. He died on 12 March, 2015.