Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series comprises of a staggering 41 novels, 32 years in the making. The Discworld itself grew to become one of the most richly detailed and inventive fantasy worlds in the history of the written word. If you’re looking for a one-book-stand, any of the stories can be enjoyed immensely in isolation, but if you’re going to make the most of your exploration into the Discworld we’ve devised this helpful little guide to help you plan your attack...
Mort – One of Terry’s early books featuring his characteristic wit, lateral thinking and the first book to feature one of his most iconic characters, that of DEATH himself. It introduces you to some of the Discworld key locations. If you enjoy this, it’s a safe bet that the rest of Terry’s work will suit you very well.
Going Postal – One from the middle of the series, a book showcasing some of Terry’s incredible narrative pace, structure and humour. Who else could solve the unique problems of running a postal service in a world of wizards, assassins, thieves and Tiddles the cat... a barely reformed conman of course! This is a real highlight in the series and introduces you to Discworld’s premier city in style.
Wyrd Sisters – Shakespearian happenings in the mountain kingdom of Lancre make for a wonderful introduction to the Witches. Enjoy some of Terry's finest characters in a superb story with a real theatrical bent; a story ABOUT stories. This bewitching book will see readers revelling in the joy of Pratchett's language.
Small Gods – With an entire dimension of gods, religion on the Discworld is a competitive business, and there’s only so much belief to go around. The Great god Om is stuck in the manifestation of a tortoise and needs an acolyte quick, preferably one that doesn’t ask too many questions. Small Gods sees Terry take on some huge subjects with characteristic charm. This book has the benefit of being a stand-alone title in the Discworld saga, meaning you won’t be missing out on too much background information.
The following titles may appeal particularly to certain areas of interest:
The Pratchett Portfolio (with Paul Kidby)
The Josh Kirby Poster Book (with Josh Kirby)
The Josh Kirby Discworld Portfolio (with Josh Kirby)
The Unseen University Cut Out Book (with Bernard Pearson & Alan Batley)
Mort A Discworld Big Comic (Graphic Novel)
The opinions expressed on this page are just that. Everyone's journey is different, everyone enjoys Terry's work in different ways. Just remember that the journey doesn't end with the books - there's a thriving online Discworld community, events all over the world, our quaint little forum and, of course, there's always the pictures painted on the inside of your eyelids!