A Slip of the Keyboard

A Slip of the Keyboard

Collected Nonfiction

Book - 2014 | First United States Edition
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"A collection of essays and other non fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from his early years to the present day. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series -- but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself -- man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orangutans and Dignity in Dying. Snuff was the bestselling adult hardcover novel of 2011. A Blink of the Screen, Terry's short fiction collection, was also one of the bestselling hardcovers of 2012"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: First United States Edition
ISBN: 9780385538305
Branch Call Number: 824 Prat
Characteristics: xvii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A scribbling intruder. Thought progress (1989) ; Palmtop (1993) ; The choice word (2000) ; How to be a professional boxer (2005) ; Brewer's boy (1999) ; Paperback writer (2003) ; Advice to booksellers (1999) ; No worries (1998) ; Conventional wisdom (2011) ; Straight from the heart, via the groin (2004) ; Discworld turns 21 (2004) ; Kevins (1993) ; Wyrd ideas (1999) ; Notes from a successful fantasy author : keep it real (2007) ; Whose fantasy are you? (1991) ; Why Gandalf never married (1985) ; Roots of fantasy (1989) ; Elves were bastards (1992) ; Let there be dragons (1993) ; Magic kingdoms (1999) ; Cult classic (2001) ; Neil Gaiman : amazing master conjuror (2002) ; 2001 Carnegie Medal Award speech (2002) ; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award speech for "Nation" (2009) ; Watching "Nation" (2009) ; Doctor Who? (2001) ; A word about hats (2001)
A twit and a dreamer. The big store (2002) ; Roundhead wood, forty green (1996) ; A star pupil (2011) ; On Granny Pratchett (2004) ; Tales of wonder and of porn (2004) ; Letter to Vector (1963) ; Writer's choice (2004) ; Introduction to Roy Lewis's The Evolution Man (1989) ; The king and I, or, How the bottom has dropped out of the wise man business (1970) ; Honey, these bees had a heart of gold (1976) ; That sounds fungi, it must be the dawn chorus (1976) ; Introduction to The Leaky Establishment by David Langford (2001) ; The meaning of my Christmas (1997) ; Alien Christmas (1987) ; 2001 : the vision and the reality (2000) ; The God moment (2008) ; A genuine absent-minded professor (2010) ; Saturdays (2011)
Days of rage. On excellence in schools. Education : what it means to you (1997) ; The orangutans are dying (2000) ; The NHS is seriously injured (2008) ; I'm slipping away a bit at a time ... and all I can do is watch it happen (2008) ; Taxworld (2009) ; Point me to heaven when the final chapter comes (2009) ; The Richard Dimbleby Lecture : shaking hands with death (2010) ; At last we have real compassion in assisted-dying guidelines (2010) ; Assisted dying : it's time the government gave us the right to end our lives (2011) ; Death knocked and we let him in (2011) ; A week in the death of Terry Pratchett (2011)
And finally
. Terry Pratchett's wild unattached footnotes to life (1990)


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Dec 27, 2017

Even my librarian husband was surprised to see that Sir Terry had non-fiction works in print. For those who love the inimitable 'voice' of Terry Pratchett, a whole book full of short articles in that voice is a marvelous find. Sir Terry tells us about his childhood and early career, gives us the dirt about signing tours, and (perhaps most importantly) advocates powerfully for people who suffer from dementia and other incurable diseases.

If you are an adult who loves Pratchett, you'll want to read this book; younger teens and children who love the fun of Discworld may, however, find the unvarnished opinions of the author less amusing than they'd wish.


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