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The Fifth Elephant : (Discworld Novel 24)

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Sam Vimes is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police and the ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya (don't ask). It's snowing. It's freezing. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're bright. They're fast. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time, out of luck and already out of breath . . .show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 124 x 144 x 24mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0552154237
  • 9780552154239
  • 324,446

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"'Precisely balanced...excellent set pieces...a cracking comic thriller'" * The Times * "'He would be amusing in any form and his spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'" * Mail on Sunday *show more

About Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels 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.show more

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"'Precisely balanced...excellent set pieces...a cracking comic thriller'"show more

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'Knowledge, information, power, words...flying through the air, invisible... And suddenly the world was tap-dancing on quicksand. In that case, the prize went to the best dancer...' They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just pick up on the job. Which is a shame if you find yourself dropped unaccountably into a position of some significant diplomatic responsibility. If you don't really do diplomacy or haven't been to school with the right foreign bigwigs or aren't even sure whether a nod is as good as a wink to anyone, sighted or otherwise, then things are likely to go wrong. It's just a question of how badly... 'His genius is for pushing logic to such limits that it reels with the shock' Daily Telegraph 'His world, increasingly subtle and thoughtful, has become as allegorical and satirical as a painting by Bosch' The Timesshow more

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2 2% (733)
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