MAR 99] UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK PRESS RELEASE
Pratchett To Receive Honourary Degree
University of Warwick has announced today that best selling author Terry Pratchett is to
be awarded an honorary degree An Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) at one of its
Summer degree congregations on 14th July 1999.
Terry Pratchett's first career was as a journalist. In 1980
he became a Publicity Officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board.
However everything changed in 1983 when he had published
The Colour of Magic, the first of his extremely popular Discworld novels - a series of
comic fantasy books set in a disc shaped world that glides through space on the backs of
four elephants which are in turn supported by a giant turtle.... In September 1987, soon
after he had finished writing the fourth Disc world book Mort, he decided that he could
afford to devote himself to full-time writing. He has now written a total of 35 novels (23
of them in the Discworld series) and the hard back editions of his books alone regularly
sell over 100,000 copies making him a regular feature in top ten selling authors lists.
The books have been turned into numerous radio plays, TV animations and theatrical
productions. His next book due out in June is a collaboration with two University of
Warwick scientists, Professor Ian Stewart and Dr Jack Cohen. Entitled "The Science of
Discworld" and published by Ebury Press, the book will use the fantasy setting of the
Discworld to explain the real science of our universe.
The Science of Discworld's ISBN is 0 09 186515 8
For further details contact:
Peter Dunn Press Officer 01203
Professor John Field, Professor of Life Long Learning, University of Warwick, Tel:
01203 523835 email: email@example.com