In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's bestselling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.
Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas - all shot through with his inimitable brand of humour.
With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.
Foreword by A. S. Byatt
Non-Discworld Shorter Writings
- The Hades Business (1963)
- Solution (1964)
- The Picture (1965)
- The Prince and the Partridge (1968)
- Rincemangle, the Gnome of Even Moor (1973)
- Kindly Breathe in Short, Think Pants (1976)
- The Glastonbury Tales (1977)
- There's No Fool Like an Old Fool Found in an English Queue (1978)
- Coo, They've Given Me the Bird (1978)
- And Mind the Monoliths (1978)
- The High Meggas (1986)
- Twenty Pense, with Envelope and Seasonal Greeting (1987)
- Incubist (1988)
- Final Reward (1988)
- Turntables of the Night (1989)
- #ifdefDEBUG + `world/enough' + `time' (1990)
- Holliwood Chickens (1990)
- The Secret Book of the Dead (1991)
- Once and Future (1995)
- FTB (1996)
- Sir Joshua Easement: A Biographical Note (2010)
Discworld Shorter Writings
- Troll Bridge (1992)
- Theatre of Cruelty (1993)
- The Sea and Little Fishes (1998)
- The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem (1999)
- Medical Notes (2002)
- Thud: A Historical Perspective (2002)
- A Few Words from Lord Havelock Vetinari (2002)
- Death and What Comes Next (2004)
- A Collegiate Casting-out of Devilish Devices (2005)
- Minutes of the Meeting to Form the Proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts (2007)
- The Ankh-Morpork Football Association Hall of Fame playing cards (2009)
- Deleted extract from 'The Sea and Little Fishes'
Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (1948–2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff was at the time of its release the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-audience novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days.
Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, and has sold more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages. He is currently the second most-read ... (more)