Terry Pratchett’s books have been, along with J K Rowling’s, some of the books that I have most often and consistently reread since my early teens. Not all of them are fantastic, his early ones were still lacing up their boots and knocking into each other, but his masterpieces, and there are many, have rocketed around the world as awe-inspiring gems of imagination, wisdom and humour, with a heavily grounded punch of real world messages.
I have so much admiration for his work, and his courage and campaigning these last few years. During hard times the Discworld audiobooks helped me and my sister to ease our churning minds and get some rest, though sometimes they made us laugh too much to fall asleep.
Here’s a tiny tribute to some of his brilliant witches. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, Sam Vimes, Carrot and Angua, Tiffany Aching, Gaspode – there are too many beloved characters to name. Thank you Terry Pratchett for giving me so many friends and heroes, and in the sadness of your passing, those last brilliant tweets. What a legend.