Terry Pratchett, one of the top-selling authors in the world, will have the 37th installment of his “Discworld” series available Oct. 6, 2009. The author who holds celebrity status in the United States and the United Kingdom was also knighted this year by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of Pratchett’s “services to literature.” The author has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. The publisher is HarperCollins. Rachel Elinsky, Harper publicity manager, said that Pratchett would not be touring for this title. Pratchett is known for comical work in the fantasy genre and particularly the Discworld series. Other recent titles include Thud and Nation.
The title, Unseen Academicals, takes place at Unseen University where the wizards are renowned for many things –sagacity, magic, and their love of teatime –but athletics are not on the list. Before long a UU football team is established. First, they must figure out what makes the sport –soccer with a bit of rugby thrown in—so popular and they must win a football match without using magic. Lives are changed, because, the thing about football –the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.
Pratchett speaks about his Alzheimer’s diagnosis
In March 2008, Pratchett spoke at the Alzheimer’s Research Trust Conference in the UK. He was diagnosed with a more rare variant in December 2007. When he went public with the diagnosis, his website had more than 60,000 messages in the first few hours. During his speech Pratchett said, “…there’s nearly as many of us (Alzheimer sufferers) as there are cancer sufferers, and it looks as if the number of people with the disease will double within a generation…It’s a shock and a shame, then, to find out that funding for research is three percent of that which goes to find cancer cures.”