I was in the middle of writing my review of The Colour of Magic – the first of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books that I’ve read – when it was announced that, aged 66, he had sadly passed away. A 1983 comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic is the first book of the Discworld series, and the first printing of the British edition consisted of just 506 copies.
Within minutes, the much-loved author was trending on Twitter, with thousands of his fans expressing their sorrow at the untimely death of a much loved husband, father, friend and author. The sheer number of people moved by his death spoke volumes about the effect his writing has had on millions of people all over the world.
That five of his books appeared in the BBC Top 100 – more than any other author – is yet further evidence of the legion of readers he reached through his writing. And while his death has caused wide-spread devastation, the joy and enrichment he brought to so many will live on for many years to come.
To end – a quote from him I loved the most:
“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”
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