It’s two years since the death of Sir Terry Pratchett author of the Discworld novels, and with his death the nation lost a real treasure. During his career, Pratchett wrote 70 books, translated into 37 languages in a career that spanned 44 years totalling 70 million sales making him one of the best known, and best loved English authors of all time.
After the author’s death the City council in Salisbury, Wiltshire, the author’s home, announced that there would be a permanent tribute to the author and this week a bronze bust has been unveiled in the town, ahead of other plans for a 7 foot statue of the author.
Paul Kidby, who illustrated Sir Terry’s Discworld novels before the author’s death in 2015, created the bronze bust, and he said getting the expression right was especially hard, trying to portray Pratchett as not unhappy, but not smiling too much.
The next stage is to make a maquette or model of the author for the main statue and it’s likely there will be a few extra additions in the form of the characters from the Discworld series. It’s hoped that people who look at the statue will be inspired to go off and find more, maybe even reading the series.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can watch the unveiling, even if you’re nowhere near Salisbury. Here’s the video with Paul Kidby interviewed:
The likeness of the West Country fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett is being cast in bronze 😍 pic.twitter.com/4pPEowHLmC
— BBC Points West (@bbcpointswest) March 14, 2017
(video embedded from BBC News)
And if you’re interested in starting the Discworld series, check out Pratchett’s author page on Amazon, or pop into your local bookshop.
One day in 1961 a little boy of 7 years old walked into her library, asking if he could join. Of course Connie helped the lad, gave him his first library card, and enabled him to cultivate his love of reading. Despite it being so long ago, Connie never forgot that young man as he had a pretty memorable name: “Denzel Hayes Washington Jr”, and that little boy grew up to be a world famous, award-winning actor, director, and producer.
During a stint in the services in the 1930s and 40s, Milligan allegedly entertained the troops with his humour and playful nature, and reflected on his times there in his memoirs, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Rommel, Gunner Who?, Monty: My Part in his Victory, among others.
He is perhaps best known for his part in The Goon Show, an irreverent radio comedy full of nonsense and jollity, but many of us know his nonsense rhyme and poetry we were entertained with as children.
One of his most famous short poems, On The Ning Nang Nong, was voted the ultimate favourite comic poem in 1998 in a UK wide poll. It was streets ahead of other nonsense poets such as Lear or Carroll. When set to music it became a favourite on Australia’s children’s show Playschool. The Office for Standards in Education (UK) reported that the poem is one of the most commonly taught poems in British primary schools.
Take a look at the man himself reading the famous rhyme below and see why…
I adore his silky smooth voice, and wonderfully English manner, so I was thrilled when I came across his reading of an excerpt of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
The Folio Society provides such lusciously illustrated versions of popular books: The Canterbury Tales was wonderfully crafted by illustrator Eric Gill, and boasts many sumptuous designs to feast our eyes upon. The price tag is quite steep at nearly £400, but other versions are available (see links under the video).
We can see the stunning, unique collector’s edition, read by Simon Callow, in the video below.