It would take a very long time indeed to chronicle the life of author Terry Pratchett, so rather than try to sum up the story of a master storyteller in a measly paragraph, I’m going to let the author do it himself. If you’re a Pratchett fan, this will seem very familiar to you:
Terry Pratchett was born in 1948 and is still not dead. He started work as a journalist one day in 1965 and saw his first corpse three hours later, work experience meaning something in those days. After doing just about every job it’s possible to do in provincial journalism, except of course covering Saturday afternoon football, he joined the Central Electricity Generating Board and became press officer for four nuclear power stations.
He’d write a book about his experiences if he thought anyone would believe it.
All this came to an end in 1987 when it became clear that the Discworld series was much more enjoyable than real work. Since then the books have reached double figures and have a regular place in the bestseller list. He also writes books for younger readers. Occassionally he gets accused of literature.
Terry Pratchett lives in Wiltshire with his wife Lyn and daughter Rhianna. He says writing is the most fun anyone can have by themselves.
Terry Pratchett turns 64 today! Happy birthday, Terry!