- Publisher: Corgi Books
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 178mm x 28mm | 159g
- Publication date: 20 July 1999
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552146145
- ISBN 13: 9780552146142
- Sales rank: 7,024
IT'S THE DISCWORLD'S LAST CONTINENT AND IT'S GOING TO DIE IN A FEW DAYS, EXCEPT...Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Sheep shearer, beer drinker, bush ranger, and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober. A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs. Yes, it's Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard. He's the only hero left. Still...no worries, eh?
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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His fortieth Discworld novel, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob
By Jax Goss 05 Sep 2010
Pratchett is well-known as a master of comedy, and his Discworld books are beloved the world over. I'll admit, I am biased in his favour. I own almost all of them, and have read many of them more than once. Or twice.
This is one of the best. Maybe it's the fact that I have a soft spot for all things Australasian. Maybe it's that I am eternally amused by Rincewind. But there is something about Pratchett taking his hand to tackle the whimsy and grittiness of Australia (Excuse me, not Australia - EcksEcksEcksEcks) which is hilarious and warm and delightful beyond the usual for Discworld.
From the Opera house to the famous (and controversial) Pavlova, from Vegemite to the 'special' realtionship Aussies have the notion of the outlaw, this book dances along the line of fond ribbing and stereotype.
It's a great introduction for people who have not read any Pratchett at all (despite the odd reference here and there to Rincewind's former adventures) and a delightful addition to the universe for any long time fan.
Heartily recommended. Mate.
"'A cross between Tolkien and a gentler, more benign Tom Sharpe'" -- Charles Spencer Sunday Telegraph "'The humour sparkles as brightly as ever' The Times" The Times
This Discworld novel takes us to a mysterious continent known only by rumours of leaping rats and endless drought. As always, the hopelessly incompetent and cowardly Rincewind somehow manages to save the day. (Kirkus UK)