A Companion to the Companions!

Our guide to the books on the side! A selective stroll through our favourite Discworld companions, spinoffs and side-projects . . .

When Terry wasn’t writing books, he was writing more books. Ideas for the companions created in Terry’s lifetime were mostly the author’s own and laid in the lap of his close collaborators, actively aided and abetted by the author making them as official as official can be. By outsourcing his side projects to his most trusted collaborators, he not only had time to continue his prolific output of novels, but could ensure his side publications were produced to his exacting standards, free to dip in and out of whenever he wanted to add his unmistakable magic to the mix.

These side projects were also a great home for him to explore ideas and jokes on subjects which may not fit into the main novels without feeling shoe-horned in. Take the ‘Code of Conduct for the Use of the Interdenominational areas of The Temple of Small Gods’ in The Compleat Ankh-Morpork, for example – how else would we know of the self-certified vestal virgins, or the sacred stationary cupboard? Such ideas would likely have changed the pace of a novel, but those seeds found fertile ground in Terry’s side projects. There aren’t many authors who had such direct and detailed involvement in their companions, or whose side publications further expand a literary world, with new characters, locations and lore.

If you are new to Discworld, or a purist who likes Discworld served novels-only and no projects on the side, you may be somewhat baffled or cynical about the amount of Discworld companion books on offer. We’ve created this guide to give bit of insight into how these spin-offs with substance came to be. It is by no means a comprehensive exploration, for along with guidebooks, maps and quote collections, there have been quiz books, journals, colouring books and graphic novels . . . too many to delve into in one blog session, so we’ve compiled a whittled-down selection  of Discworld side dishes for your delectation . . .  Bon Appétit!



The Ultimate Discworld Companion

Terry’s personal playwright, when not adapting Discworld for stage (another form of side project entirely fervently supported by the author), Stephen Briggs used his encyclopaedic knowledge of Discworld to create  . . . Discworld encyclopaedias! Started in 1991, Stephen set about taking Discworld apart so we could all pore over Discworld’s brilliant details and digest them in bitesize nuggets. Created in close cahoots with the author, the companions include drawings by Stephen and descriptions provided by Terry. The latest version, ‘The Ultimate Discworld Companion’ is exactly that. Featuring incredible illustrations by Paul Kidby, Stephen’s ‘Ultimate’ tribute to Discworld is the culmination of three decades worth cataloguing Terry’s creations, and Discerning Discworld fans can avail themselves of the spectacular Dunmanifestin Edition, which features a luxurious slipcase and detailing, expanded entries and information covering the events of The Science of Discworld series, additional full-colour artwork, and exclusive illustrations!

When the author said a sense of humour couldn’t be mapped, it was Stephen who first proved otherwise with a series of maps illustrated by Stephen Player and Paul Kidby.  As funny as they are fantastic, these immense fold-out maps and booklets put Discworld on the map(s) for the very first time, and considering they date back to the early nineties, The Streets of Ankh-Morpork, the Discworld Mapp, Death’s Domain and a Tourist’s Guide to Lancre are comic fantasy perfection, just as you’d hope Discworld cartography to be.



The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld was, like the books itself ahead of it’s time. Before Social media provided a platform for a repetitive stream of meaningful literary quotes, there was The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld, and with so many books there’s a lot of it! Published in 2007 this ‘cornucopia of snippets’ presents Stephen’s favourite quotes from each book in order of publication up to Making Money. It’s a delightfully and unsurprisingly chunky compilation of Terry’s meaningful and mirthful moments which are often one and the same, compiled the old fashioned way by Stephen poring over the entire canon.

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook aims to ‘get the look and feel of the original Discworld recipes while avoiding, as far as possible, the original taste”. It is prefaced by Nanny Ogg herself, with a note from the ‘editors’ Messrs. Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett. This almanack of edibles contains recipes for famous foodstuffs from the books such as, C.M.O.T. Dibbler’s Sausage Inna Bun, Wow-wow Sauce, and Dried Frog Pills, along with new delicacies such as Mrs Gogol’s Clairvoyant Gumbo and Seargent Angua’s Beef Stew with Dumplings. There are a further sixty-eight pages on Nanny Ogg’s Guide to Etiquette to enjoy, with chapters on dealing with witches, Granny Weatherwax, wizards, weddings and so much more. It’s enough for another book entirely, and all the more reason to acquire this totally un-tenuous tie-in!



The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume OneThe Ankh-Morpork Archive

There have been Discworld Diaries and journals since 1997 until 2020 – each based on a Discworld institution or theme, and bursting with exclusive illustrations and material on their featured subject -Vampyres, The City Watch and Ankh-Morpork Post Office to name a few. In the truest sense, the original diaries added extra dimension to Discworld with Terry’s ideas being given greater exposition and exploration through the diaries’ excusive content. However, being a publication with a short shelf life by nature, these gems were lost to new readers and those unenlightened unto their existence for years (unless they resided in the Czech Republic or Germany where Discworld Diary omnibuses were released in 2008 and 2012 respectively).

The Ankh-Morpork Archives give the gift of revamped and repackaged material from Stephen Briggs’ and Paul Kidby’s Discworld Diaries of yore, as an anthology of fantastic content over two volumes – two gloriously illustrated hardback coffee-table guidebooks to Ankh-Morpork’s characters and organisations.



The Compleat Ankh-Morpork by Terry Pratchett and  . . . us! Published in 2012 it’s hard to believe that this guide to Ankh-Morpork is now over a decade old. After playing with a map for the Ankh-Morpork Board Game, and taking it to Terry at his local boozer, the Queens Arms in Broad Chalke, Terry revealed that he wanted a new, updated city map created to continue the ground-breaking work of Stephen Briggs, but Stephen was rather busy with important Civil Servant stuff, so did we want the job . . . you bet we did! The result is a spectacular double-sided map contained within a comprehensive gazetteer and city guide which showcase and celebrate the Ankh-Morpork of the industrial Revolution era. All written under the watch, and with the assistance of Sir Terry Pratchett. Where to stay, what to see, where to eat, which guilds to join and which gods to pray to… this book is a boon to any new inhabitant of the Discworld’s most fragrant city!

With almost twenty years and twenty-six Discworld books’ worth of narrative to catch up on, The Compleat Ankh-Morpork required rather a LOT of new streets and ‘unreal’ estate put on the map. Terry would call us regularly to simply to shout a name for a ginnel, snicket or lane at us before hanging up. He would also ask to know how to get from point A to point B and what landmarks Vimes, for instance, would see along the way. As with the original map, Terry insisted that enough of the city was left unmapped to allow room for future development, which hints at his confidence that there would be plenty more Discworld to follow. 

Work on the Compleat Discworld Atlas soon followed, with a view to bring the entire Discworld up to Snuff. This ambitious project, with its enormous double-sided map bearing a spectacular rendition of Discworld, features a comprehensive Atlas and guide to the Disc, and was intended as a way for readers to visit areas of the Disc that the novels didn’t always have chance to! Its release was put back until after we had completed Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook (see below), which had the benefit of enabling us to update Discworld up to Raising Steam. The Compleat Discworld Atlas was eventually released in October 2015, after Terry’s Death. It was our final collaboration with Terry, begun with his enthusiastic contributions but as time wore on and his ‘embuggerance’ tightened its grip, so his input inevitably diminished from the project. We will always be proud that The Compleat Discworld Atlas is the most comprehensive geographical and topographical guide created in Terry’s Lifetime.



We cannot go without mentioning The Science of Discworld series. After ‘reconstructing’ their book The Collapse of Chaos, and presenting them with a copy of the Science of Star Trek (and all subsequently agreeing that the was blummin’ awful), Terry offered Jack and Ian the chance to play with his creation and imagine the scientific happenings behind the magic. We find that a lot of new readers are totally unaware that these books actually centre around original Discworld stories by Terry Pratchett, which happen to be interspersed with captivating chapters, discussing the fascinating scientific Roundworld concepts alluded to by the master!

The magic of Discworld is made sense of by real men of science, professors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, and realise how marvellous the mind of Terry Pratchett is, and that Discworld is not quite so nonsensical as it may first seem.  It turns out the wizards of Unseen University have created our universe by mistake, so it really did start with an old man with a beard after all! It’s scientific analysis of our coexisting worlds supported by a brilliant fictional narrative by Terry Pratchett. So there we have it, go and buy the things (especially Discworld II The Globe, which is the authors’ favourite), because it doesn’t get any more legit than that!



The ultimate tie-ins have to be books that are literally, woven into the pages of Discworld. Books from the books, made real for us to enjoy. Where’s My Cow, is Young Sam’s favourite books, but the roundworld version features Sam’s own Ankh-Morpokian version The illustrations from Melvyn grant feature Vimes as Terry imagined him, reading to his son, and the original story blending in to Sam’s own ‘improved’ version which young Sam recites in the Pages of Thud! A parody of Usborne’s ‘That’s not my . . .’ books you can read this to your little ones, but they may be saying ‘buglit’ for quite some time.

Where's My Cow Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook

Mrs Bradshaw’s Guide is a book Terry asked us to produce as a companion to Raising Steam. He wanted us to produce the book mentioned in Raising Steam – a guide to the new A-M & Sto Plains railway. As with a lot of Terry’s ideas, this cameo book was essentially a gag, but Terry wanted his own Bradshaw’s Guide made real. It’s an in-universe artefact, a railway journey through Discworld, and we’re are glad to say for any self-respecting fan of fantasy, it does contain maps!  The A-M-Hygienic Railway and environs was expanded in this guide, so although a compact companion it is a book of import to the canon.



The folklore of Discworld is a guide to Terry’s folkloric and fairy-tale references. and illuminating . .. Quite possibly you’ll already have picked up on the references when reading the books, but it’s nice to have them described here alongside their roundworld parallels. The clout behind the covers here is that Jacqueline, like Paul Kidby, was discovered in a book signing queue after her extensive knowledge of magpies piqued Terry’s interest, and they became friends and researchers thereafter – indeed Jacqueline is one of the few who could and would take Terry to task about various subjects in a mutually mischievous fashion!

Lastly, Tiffany Aching’s Guide to Being a Witch is the latest Discworld companion, and packs some serious Pratchett provenance, being co-authored by Rhianna Pratchett – her first contribution to her father’s body of Discworld literature for children (although, we can’t help but wonder quite how long Rhianna has been influencing Tiffany’s trajectory given Terry’s ability to perfectly present the inner monologue of a headstrong, curious and caring young witch). A lavish and beautiful book, its production values betray the love the authors have Terry’s world and the Big Wee Hag. Released in Tiffany Aching’s 20th year, it was the ultimate celebration of Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men.

Discworld spinoffs are often presented as books ‘from the inside’, produced as artefacts from the Disc itself, and deliberately designed by the author to add further dimension his world, or at least a tangy garnish. As such, most offshoots are crafted accordingly from the heart and with care by whoever Terry, or more recently his estate, has charged with bringing them to life. Each book contains plenty to read with exclusive insights into Discworld, new characters, locations and lore and satisfyingly wordy forewords! As  collaborators with Terry Pratchett for over thirteen publications we feel somewhat qualified to say that each book since is a passion project still created by those in Terry’s close circle of collaborators who he entrusted to protect and continue Discworld’s legacy.

We hope you have enjoyed our wee exploration of Terry Pratchett’s brilliant offshoots and side publications, and feel imbued with a greater appreciation of their deserved place in your Discworld collections – and don’y forget to pay a visit to our Maps and Companions bit of our website for more information about these terrific titles!

Interesting Times & Pastures New!

We’re starting this post with an emphatic *HELLO*, because you may have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet this year, and it’s time we made up for it!

Our socials have been somewhat silent and our newsletters few, as we have had our heads down and noses to the grindstone for the past few months getting to grips with a number of seed changes for the Emporium, not least a change of premises . . .

As our mail order continues to go from strength to strength we have outgrown, rather bittersweetly, our beloved former HQ at No. 41 High Street. With every surface taken up by stock there was no longer room to swing a flea, let alone a feline. At Christmas we couldn’t move for mailbags full of orders, and Royal Mail’s lithest post personnel were struggling to get in the door. Quite frankly things we’re getting silly, especially from a health and safety point of view – oh how our fire officer would despair!

It was timely then that the building’s resident owners and Discworld Emporium founders Bernard and Isobel also decided to put the old girl on the market in favour of somewhere more practical to call their home. The time had come for Discworld to leave the building, and the first few months of the year were spent moving premises to our new residence just down the road, and still in the heart of Ankh-Morpork’s twin town, Wincanton. The Turtle Moves – but not very far!

We hope the heritage of our old shop is at least noted by whoever next calls it home, but if not we know it is treasured in the hearts and memories of friends and fellow fans who were there. If you happen to find yourself in need of a historic building with literary leanings you can see more details in a article written for Deadline HERE.
“A QUIRKY house formerly dedicated to selling merchandise based on the works of fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett is on sale for nearly £400,000.”

Of course it was incredibly sad to leave No. 41 and to see it empty. A hallowed hall of literary import for over twenty years the place is more than just a building, but a trailblazing point of pilgrimage for geeks and book nerds, No.41 is a place where stories were shared, friends made and  romances ignited. Where incredible millinery ducked under the door, and folks queued down the road for a fix of novelty postage stamps and perhaps a glimpse of the author himself. A place where Bernard and Isobel took a chance on putting up a young Ian and Reb who once hid at the top of the stairs excitedly earwigging a meeting between a famous author and a prestigious media company, completely unaware of how bound they would become to this wyrd little shop.

Although initially feeling slightly at sea in our considerably newer sand comparatively clinical new home, now we’ve got the place filled with all our stuff we feel right at home. Our fire officer no longer fears for our safety, and we are certainly feeling the benefit of having more room for the creative juices and fruit to flow, and for our children to play, read and learn the ropes of the family business! Our new headquarters are in a building rather fittingly called ‘Guild House’ where we have enough room to swing not just a cat, but two children. At last we can enjoy plenty of daylight, and most importantly, we have room enough for all our books. Almost.


Our downstairs quarters house our design studio, mailroom, book room and stock rooms galore. Upstairs, we are blessed with studios for prints and photography, plus a big bright communal area with a kitchen for frying up a bacon sandwich, and lots of space for the little ones to play while we work, not to mention and celebrate birthdays and special occasions!

In a small but delightful coincidence our lovely neighbours are the TP group (not a Pratchettarian Cult, unfortunately, but clever sorts who work on military defence-tech.) Although our offices are not open to the public we have had fun adding little Discworld touches to our new digs, covering it in original artworks from our various Discworld Publications that have previously been hidden away in storage, plus lots of ephemera from the old shop. We are now most definitely not open to the public, but having worked hard to restructure our operations we are hoping to have more free time to spend out and about attending conventions and events with you all!

We also sadly said goodbye to our long-serving team members Sarah and Eilis earlier this year, who have moved on to begin adventures new. These ladies have been part of our fabric and family for many a year, and we are missing them hugely. The task of finding and acquainting ourselves with new staff who would be equally as wonderful has been quite the undertaking. Add in a succession of not-so-minor health wobbles and personal catastrophes all going on all at the same time, and it’s certainly the Truth that that times have been interesting!

Despite the trials of the year and falling behind on our releases, we have managed to unleash a few major products this year, including the Mappa Discworld art Print Edition and Two new puzzles being The Witch Trials and The Glorious 25th of May which were released on the day of the Glorious Revolution, both exquisitely illustrated by David Wyatt of course! ‘Glorious’ Art prints of these incredible artworks are also available for those of a less puzzling bent!

We are particularly proud of Discworld Denizens collections of miniature figurines released in June. sculpted to our designs by Shaun Main, Discworld Denizens are little figurines with BIG personalities from the badass to the gorblimey! The first collections were the City Watch and Unseen University collections which have gone down the proverbial storm, and we are itching to unleash the next figures in the series which will be coming to your shelves this Hogswatch!

Big book releases this year have been the paperback version of a Life With Footnotes, the official Terry Pratchett, summed up perfectly by quote on the cover from the Telegraph: ‘Spins magic from mundanity in precisely the way Pratchett himself did’.  Rob really tells it ‘how it was’ by illuminating the real Sir Terry Pratchett that those closest to him knew, with all his quirks and equal strokes of awkwardness and genius that oft came hand in hand. Our thanks to Rob for recounting our small parts on Terry’s stage and congratulations for winning the 2023 Locus Award for Non-Fiction and the 2023, and British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Non-Fiction!

This will be followed in October by A Stroke of The Pen featuring ‘lost stories’ discovered in no small part by Jan and Pat “Lord of the Uber-fans” Harkin after trawling through old newspapers in search of forgotten stories by Sir Terry written under a pseudonym. We are so chuffed that it was Pat and Jan, stalwarts and pinnacles of the Discworld fandom and friends of the Emporium (and indeed the author himself) to have brought these stories to the world’s attention. Thank you Pat and Jan!

Now that we are back on track, and through he fog of recent challenges, it’s shaping up to be another ‘Terry’ good year for all things Pratchett. We have also been treated to Good Omens 2, new paperback editions of the Discworld series, plus a new Discworld Calendar for 2024 featuring the artwork of Paul Kidby. Most excitingly for us however, was the release of Royal Mail’s official Discworld set of postage stamps and ephemera! Of course, Terry Pratchett characters have featured on royal mail stamps before, but this is the first, and quite frankly overdue release entirely dedicated to Discworld. As proud purveyors of Discworld stamps since 2004 it was a thrill to be asked to contribute the words to this collection, which we’re sure you will agree were enough to make Stanley Howler explode with excitement!


Thank you all for your patience in waiting for new releases, and here’s to more magic in the months ahead – in the meantime . . .


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Welcome To Our New Site!


Where to start . . . well, it’s been a verra, verra long time since we’ve sat at the keyboard for a dose of bloggery, and much has changed here on roundworld since our last post in March 2020, just days before the declaration of a global pandemic and two years of madness and sadness that followed it.

“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

 – Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

The Emporium is no longer the same place as its was before the global enbuggerance of Covid-19, and many of you will be aware of the closure of the Discworld Emporium’s Bricks and mortar shop in Wincanton (read our original article here). Over lockdown our founders Bernard and Isobel had a taste of retirement, and it was found to be delicious, so at a combined age of 150 the Pearsons decided to step down from Emporium duties to spend a little more time with their families and begin a new chapter in their story. After 30 years in Discworld, and 20 years since opening the Discworld Emporium, the time seemed right.

Thanks to being in the business of distractions (mostly jigsaw puzzles and books) the Emporium’s mail-order arm was inundated with orders over the height of the pandemic, and our shop floor completely transformed into a bustling mailroom. With Pearson’s retirement and a booming online shop to manage, we made the difficult but sensible decision to move exclusively online. Our hallowed building is still our home and headquarters, but our ‘real’ shop is closed to the public for the foreseeable future.
Of course, Brexit also occurred in January last year. UK leaving the European has continued to present a mammoth-poo-sized pile of administrative, logistical and customer service challenges for our little literary shop as we contend with considerably more complex customs requirements and consequences.

To continue shipping to the EU we have taken on more team members, a brand new postage system, and built our brand new website to make shipping and accounting for global tax a smoother experience. At last we can utilise the EU’s International One-Stop-Shop to include country-specific VAT at checkout for orders under £135 to minimise additional charges on delivery. We hope that our European customers can once again enjoy receiving Discworld books and merchandise with minimal stress, because gods know we’ve had quite enough of that over the past couple of years!

Since November Terry Pratchett’s fans and the custodians of his work have been rejoicing in all things Pratchett in honour of 50 years since the publication of his first book, the Carpet People. Beginning with a 50th anniversary edition of the Carpet People in November, this year-long celebration sees the release of Terry’s official biography A Life With Footnotes on September 29th, along with 40 Discworld audiobook adaptations from Penguin Audio with narration by Bill Nighy, Indira Varma, Andy Serkis and Sian Clifford.

Penguin Random House are also treating us to entire Discworld series being released with new paperback editions. featuring cover artwork by Leo Nickolls. These striking new liveries are designed to entice a new audience to Discworld, and have been created under the direction of Terry Pratchett’s estate and feature elements based on the character designs of Paul Kidby. Purists need not worry though, as the new paperbacks will sit alongside the current Josh Kirby/Paul Kidby covers so there is something for everyone! The Witches collection, Small Gods and the Wizards series are available now, while the Death books will be released in October.


To celebrate #50YearsofTerry we also released our spectacular ‘Anniversary Edition’ Great A’Tuin Figurine. This bigger and more beautiful version of our signature bronze finish Discworld model  represents our unique relationship with Terry Pratchett and his incredible creations for which we are forever thankful.

Sculpted in fantastic detail by Rich Kingston in our 30th year of creating Discworld magic, this stunning Star Turtle marks three decades since Terry Pratchett gave Bernard and Isobel the rights to produce the first-ever Discworld merchandise with a figurine of Rincewind as our former company Clarecraft. The cowardly ‘Wizzard’ was the first in an extraordinary series of Discworld figurines and collectables that made us the original Discworld merchandisers and model makers!

This year has been a scramble uphill with scraped knees to get on top of the challenges that came with Brexit and Covid-19. We may not have been able to put many new items into creation, but we hope you enjoy those that we do have to offer! Somehow we have managed to release a new Luggage T-Shirt, Anoia and Gimlet’s Delicatessen Tea towels, Death & Company Puzzle and print . . . not to mention Discworld Stamps. There will even be ‘flaming hot’ and ‘epic’ new jigsaw puzzles coming VERY soon!

Our proudest pandemic achievement however is the Nac Mac Feegle’s Big Wee Alphabet Book, created by our own Ian Mitchell and collaborator David Wyatt.We’ve wanted to create another Discworld publication for some time now, and the Big Wee Alphabet Book is our first effort since The Compleat Discworld Atlas – our final collaboration with Terry – released the year he died in 2015. We are very thankful to Narrativia for enabling and supporting the Big Wee ABC book for Big Jobs and Wee Scunners alike!

After a couple of very challenging years, Terry’s publication anniversary has brought us a year full of joy and reasons to be cheerful. The year promises to be even more jubilant yet, as we also have the Sky Cinema adaptation of The Amazing Maurice to look forward to this Hogswatch along with numerous spin-off book releases and merchandise, and the return of the Discworld Calendar which was sadly absent in 2022. Praise be to Terry’s own publishing house Dunmanifestin, who took up the mantle to produce a beautiful calendar for 2023 with artwork by Paul Kidby!

Most notably,  Terry’s biography A Life With Footnotes and Emporium Directors Reb and Ians’ second child are due to emerge in the same week, so it’s going to be a particularly special, and even busier time here at the Emporium as we head towards Hogswatch

. . . but what a time to celebrate our past and future as part of the Discworld family!

Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes

We hope you enjoy exploring our new home, and sharing the magic of Discworld with us as we continue to celebrate #50YearsofTerry!

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