Terry Pratchett is one of those authors whose work lingers long after his death. The popular genre author died in 2015 but his name remains part of the cultural lexicon thanks in part to the popularity of the Good Omens series released last year. Not to mention his massive Discworld series that fans are constantly returning to, or discovering for the first time. Now readers can expect some a new posthumous book from Terry Pratchett. A collection of Pratchett’s short stories is due for release in the fall. The book is called The Time-travelling Caveman. It features works from Pratchett’s younger years working as a journalist in the 60’s and 70’s.
Pratchett Developed His Voice Writing For Children
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In 1965, Terry Pratchett left school to work at the Bucks Free Press. This was where Pratchett practiced his craft before publishing his first novel The Carpet People in 1971. He wrote a weekly story column for the paper called ‘The Children’s Circle.’ This is undoubtedly where Pratchett developed his trademark witty style. That distinctive voice would later make him one of the bestselling genre authors of all time.
There is already one published collection of Pratchett’s early stories – Dragons at Crumbling Castle – that came out in 2014. However, not all of Pratchett’s early work made it into that book. Now Pratchett’s publishers are collecting the stories that were left out for print in the new anthology.
Ruth Knowles and Tom Rawlinson are the editors for Pratchett’s children’s books. In a statement they said: “After reading we knew we had to create one final book. It is very fitting that some of the first stories he wrote will be in the last collection by him to be published. There is so much in these stories that shows you the germ of an idea, which would go on to become a fully fledged Terry Pratchett novel. And so much hilarity that we know kids will love. That is what makes the stories so special – they are for kids and adults, and kids who want to be adults, and adults who are still really kids. Which is exactly who a Terry Pratchett book should be for.”
Terry Pratchett Wrote For Kids And Adults Alike
In addition to the Discworld series, Pratchett wrote many children’s books over his long career. His book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents won the Carnegie Medal for best U.K. children’s book. Pratchett’s trademark humor often permeated his young adult fiction. It will be interesting to read his earliest stories in print, and see how Pratchett evolved as a writer. One thing that seems evident is that Pratchett’s wild imagination has always appealed to readers of all ages. The Time-travelling Caveman contains stories that “range from a steam-powered rocket’s flight to Mars, to a Welsh shepherd’s discovery of the resting place of King Arthur.”
Imagination Is An Amazing Thing
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The official synopsis of The Time-travelling Caveman gives us a hint on what to expect from this new collection.
“Imagination is an amazing thing.
It can take you to the top of the highest mountain, or down to the bottom of the deepest depths of the sea.
This where it took Doggins on his Awfully Big Adventure: a quest full of magic and flying machines. (And the world’s best joke – trust me, it’s hilarious.)
It took three young inventors to the moon (where they may or may not have left a bottle of lemonade) and a caveman on a trip to the dentist.
You can join them on these adventures, and many more, in this incredible collection of stories . . .
From the greatest imagination there ever was.
Written for local newspapers when Terry Pratchett was a young lad, these never previously published stories are packed full of anarchic humour and wonderful wit.
A must-have for Terry fans . . . and young readers looking for a fix of magic.”
One of the short stories in the new Terry Pratchett collection – The Tropnecian Invasion of Great Britain – is currently available to read online from The Guardian. Penguin Books will publish The Time-travelling Caveman in September 2020. For more genre news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.