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====Part 3 - OFFICIAL AND OFFICIALLY UNOFFICIAL NEWS
17) IT'S OFFICIAL! MAKING MONEY IS A BESTSELLER!
18) UNOFFICIAL COMPANION PRESS RELEASE
19) UNOFFICIAL COMPANION PRESS RELEASE COMPANION!
20) SPEAKING OF PUBLISHERS: REAL IS DE WORDE
17) MAKING MONEY: NUMBER ONE WITH A BANKNOTE
Making Money takes the #1 spot on the London Times list on Sunday
30th September! And in the USA, Making Money will debut at #4 on the
New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List for 17th October.
Making Money also stands on the following lists:
USA Today (27/9/2007): #3 in hardcover fiction (#34 on the composite
list of all fiction and nonfiction).
Book Sense National Hardcover Fiction: #8
Making Money is also now on seven of the eight regional Book Sense
Keep them tills a-ringing!
18) PRESS RELEASE: THE NEW UNOFFICIAL PTERRY COMPANION
What links a launch party in the carpet department of Heal's
Department Store, a writer who chose The Chrysler Building as his
luxury on Desert Island Discs, and a Fantasy world that has led to
40 million books being sold worldwide in 33 languages? The answer,
of course, is Terry Pratchett.
As the number two living British novelist in terms of sales (second
only to J.K. Rowling), Terry Pratchett has produced a huge
outpouring of novels from the enormously successful, bestselling
Discworld series, to the Tiffany Aching and Amazing Maurice book for
children, and the much loved Johnny Maxwell books, and Bromeliad
Trilogy as well as graphic novels and short stories.
But despite huge acclaim from adoring fans, and an OBE for services
to literature awarded to Pratchett in 1998, the fact that his genre
is fantasy and comic fantasy to boot has led some reviewers
to be rather dismissive of his work, overlooking the interesting
ideas of a writer with much to say about contemporary life and
A new book, An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry
Pratchett, puts all that to rights. The Companion reveals a writer
of great complexity, one whose rich work raises important issues
about the real world set within a fantasy/comic environment. For
example, seen in the light of the events of 9/11, the notion of who
the hero is (in The Last Hero) takes on a whole new significance.
Is it the professional hero, the obvious or oblivious hero, or the
person who just wants to run away? Who really is the last hero?
An Unofficial Companion is a fans' guide to everything Terry
Pratchett has ever written. It contains plot lines and characters,
articles on key themes and discussions of artwork, television
adaptations, and his collaborative work with people such as Gray
Jolliffe, Neil Gaiman, and Ian Stewart. Perhaps more importantly, as
well as celebrating the inventiveness of Pratchett's work, the
book also analyses the underlying meanings. Entries on Fantasy,
Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and many others discuss the scientific,
social and philosophical ideas underpinning Pratchett's
narratives, highlighting his importance as a writer capable of
engaging with complex themes from science to sexuality.
Written with humour and a light touch and containing
unbelievable amounts of detail! - An Unofficial Companion is the
definitive companion to Terry Pratchett's work. It will be
essential reading for all Pratchett fans and for everyone who wants
to both explore the allusions of his novels and appreciate the rich
complexity of the writings of one of the world's greatest
An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett
Andrew M. Butler and others
978-1-84645-001-3 hardback £25.00 * 978-1-84645-001-3 paperback
Publication 22 November 2007
For more information, please contact Sue Miller, Oxford Creative
Marketing, on Tel: 01865 861669, or email:
19) OFFICIALLY UNOFFICIALLY SPEAKING...
An Official Companion to an Unofficial Companion
by Andrew M. Butler
One bright spring day a couple of years ago, Simon Mason at
Greenwood Press invited me to edit An Unofficial Companion to the
Novels of Terry Pratchett. Of course, there was already a companion
on the market, the work of Stephen Briggs and Pratchett himself, but
that was a few years out of date at the time. Obviously there was no
point in just rewriting this and not just for copyright reasons.
I thought that the net needed to be cast wider to include the
children's books and his collaborations, not to mention the books
he wrote before the Discworld. Then there all were the short
Drawing up the list of entries, I realised that we could not deal
with every single character, so I boiled it down to major
protagonists and a number of recurring ones. Rincewind and Twoflower
had to be included, and the Librarian, the witches (two maidens, the
mother and the other one), the City Watch, a selection of the
Wizards... I wanted an entry on each of the novels, to act as a kind
of central thread through the Companion, as well as the comic books
and television adaptations and plays and soundtracks and... Each of
these needed entries. And both Simon Mason and I wanted juicier,
meatier, longer essays as well not just on groups of novels, but
on themes: Pratchett says things about sexism, feminism, racism and
politics which are worth examining.
In thinking through the potential entries, I become aware that
Pratchett's fictional worlds exist within a real world. (Well,
real-ish). There are other fantasy novels, other comedies, other
children's books. And whilst I could not hope to explain every
single reference, he parodies or references pop music, plays, films,
operas, musicals and a myriad other aspects of pop culture. I began
to think of these as examples of white knowledge probably
misusing Pratchett's own term for stuff you know without ever
actually really learning it.
In putting the book together, I had two main problems the fact
that Pratchett kept producing new stuff and that I had to find ways
of cramming more information in without the book bursting at the
seams. I think there's probably enough material to fill a book
four times the size and I just read an article on Pratchett's
novels which got me thinking we could also have had entries on this
and that and this. That way lies madness, of course. Or a second
edition. Which might be the same thing.
But in the meantime here's a companion to the novels of Terry
Pratchett and beyond. We hope that it's something you'd give to
someone who is only just starting their journey through the
Discworld as a guide, or that if you've read everything, there's
something that will inspire you to go back and read the novels in a
new light. I know it did for me, and I just reread everything.
Editor's note: you can pre-order your copy at:
19) A REAL-LIFE WILLIAM DE WORDE...OR DIBBLER?
Irvin S Cobb, journalist, writing about Charley Chapin, editor of
the New York Evening World during the 1920s:
'His idol, and the only one he worshiped except his own conceitful
image, was the inky-nosed, nine-eyed, clay-footed god called News...
'Chapin had dealt with flaring headlines so long that automatically
he thought in headlines and unconsciously spoke in headlines.
"Barton Currie," with the rubber transmitter still at his ear he
would call across the city room, "take Johnny Haggerty off booth
number two. 'Tiny Tot With Penny Clutched In Chubby Hand Dies Under
Tram Before Mother's Eyes!' Rush along three sticks of it, will you,
and make it snappy, Barton? We need something to brighten up the
front page of the Home Edition with."
'Without any affectation, he dealt conversationally in such copy-
reader's stand-bys as "Probe", "Foe", "Rift", "Fray" and "Slay",
"Dragnet", "Prey" and "Rack" and "Pact." Quite seriously he told me
he rather liked a certain popular murderess of the moment because
she had a nice short name, one that would fit into almost any top
quoted from Exit Laughing, pp. 119, 140. Published in 1941 by
Bobbs, Merrill & Co.
originally posted at alt.books.pratchett by Shalom Septimus
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