- Kevin P. Smith (Sheffield Hallam University)
Terry Pratchett was Britain's most popular author of the 1990s and is one of the world's leading writers of fantasy fiction. Most famous for his Discworld series, he continues to publish for vast audiences world wide, yet thus far critical recognition has not been as forthcoming as commercial success.
Born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and educated in High Wycombe Technical High School rather than the local grammar school (because he felt “woodwork would be more fun than Latin”) Pratchett cites his major source of education as the Beaconsfield Public Library, a fact that goes some way to explaining the extraordinary range and breadth of reading that is evident throughout his work. At the age of 13 his short story “The Hades B
Smith, Kevin P.. "Terry Pratchett". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
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