I have a confession – I’ve never read anything by Terry Pratchett until A Slip of the Keyboard was chosen for my U3A reading group.
A Slip of the Keyboard was published by Corgi, an imprint of Transworld on 25th September 2014 and is available for purchase here.
A Slip of the Keyboard
Terry Pratchett in his own words
With a foreword by Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series – but in recent years he became equally well-known as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer’s research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together the best of Pratchett’s non fiction writing on his life, on his work, and on the weirdness of the world: from Granny Pratchett to Gandalf’s love life; from banana daiquiris to books that inspired him; from getting started as a writer to the injustices that he fought to end.
With his trademark humour, humanity and unforgettable way with words, this collection offers an insight behind the scenes of Discworld into a much loved and much missed figure – man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and the right to a good death.
My Review of A Slip of the Keyboard
A Slip of the Keyboard is a collection of non-fiction pieces by Terry Pratchett with a foreword by Neil Gaiman.
Reading A Slip of the Keyboard I had to ask myself why I had never tried any of Terry Pratchett’s writing before. This collection covers so many topics with authority, wit, generosity, rage and compassion that I was totally hooked.
I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the book signings and the writing process and actually think there is much good advice for aspiring writers there, particularly the concept of getting straight on with the next book. I thought the style was intelligent, and humane – and I’ve rarely come across better use of the elipsis!
Having watched several people I love dwindling to a painful death I found Terry Pratchett’s arguments in favour of assisted dying resonated completely with my own. I thought these passages, given Terry Pratchett’s own looming death, were very touching, even whilst he retained his humour and vigorous writing.
A Slip of the Keyboard is a true cornucopia of wonderful writing. How many memories are true and how many a fabrication I have no idea. What I do know is that not having read Terry Pratchett’s writing before I have been missing out.
About Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.
Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015.