…To one of the funniest and bravest authors this world has seen…
Sir Terry Pratchett Died yesterday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, or as he called it “an embuggerance” which made it incredibly difficult to recognize letters and words, which for an author must have been a terrible thing to have.
Sir Terry leaves wife Lyn and daughter Rhianna.
His passing was announced on Twitter, three tweets in fact and in typical Terry fashion…
“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.”
One minute later this tweet appeared: “Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”
The final tweet simply said: “The End.”
If you know Terry’s work then I know you will be a fan of the Discworld series – which started in 1983 – was based in a flat world perched on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of the giant space turtle, The Great A’Tuin.
By 2013, he had written more than 40 installments and at the turn of 2000 he was Britain’s second most-read author, beaten only by JK Rowling (Harry Potter).
I started reading his books back in the early 90’s, the first of his books I read was ‘Reaper Man’ and that was it, I was hooked, I went out and bought the ten previous books and read those and waited with baited breath for his next release, I’m proud to say I have ALL of his books as first edition hardbacks and as ebook (that way I don’t damage the hard copies) and his DVD’s. I can honestly say I have read all of his books at least 5 times each, some a lot more, ‘The Hogfather’ for instance, I always read that over Christmas and we all sit and watch the DVD at Christmas too.
I’ve spent so much time reading his books, watching films and TV programs about him, especially the last few years, he did a few programs about Alzheimer’s, knighted in 2009, he said: “It would appear to me that me getting up and saying ‘I’ve got Alzheimer’s’, it did shake people.”
“The thing about Alzheimer’s is there are few families that haven’t been touched by the disease.
“People come up to me and talk about it and burst into tears; there’s far more awareness about it and that was really what I hoped was going to happen.”
Pratchett became an eloquent advocate for assisted dying, arguing for a “strictly non-aggressive tribunal that would establish the facts of the case well before the assisted death takes place” and if you saw these programs you would have been choked up just as I was. The programs opened my eyes to the pain that is had with a terminal illness and what its like (as close as it can possibly be) to live knowing the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t as far away as you first thought.
It’s surprising how you can seem to get to know someone you have never met and I think that if anyone was to ask me what me biggest regret in life is I would have to say not meeting Terry Pratchett.
To finish off I’m going to leave you with some of his best lines from life and his books…
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have in the past and as I will in the future…
The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues. — from Moving Pictures
Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. —from Hogfather
I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel. —from the Guardian Book Club
Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.
There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.
The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.
The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.
So much universe, and so little time.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.
Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between using a feather and using a chicken.
And finally, I think this one says it all…
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.
Well, for now Reverend Grim is outta here… And Terry, if you read this or are looking down on us all and laughing I’d just like to say one last thing…
Thank you for your time.
A fundraising site set up in Sir Terry’s memory to raise money for a charity that cares for those with Alzheimer’s has already raised thousands of pounds.