is Just William, from Just William (1922), by Richmal Crompton
Terry Pratchett was born in 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and credits his education to the Beaconsfield Public Library. At thirteen, his first short story, “The Hades Business”, appeared in his school magazine: two years later it was published commercially. Terry left school at seventeen to become a journalist with the Bucks Free Press, where he also wrote stories for the children’s section under the name Uncle Jim. In 1968, when interviewing a director of Colin Smythe Ltd, a small publishing company, he mentioned he had written a manuscript. The company published The Carpet People in 1971, with Terry’s illustrations, and later his first Discworld novel, a comic fantasy called The Colour of Magic. In 1987, after finishing his fourth Discworld novel, Mort, Terry gave up his job with the Central Electricity Generating Board to write full-time. He has written 50 books, 39 of them set in Discworld, as well as short stories, plays, screenplays and non-fiction, won numerous awards, sold over 80 million volumes and been translated into 38 languages. He was knighted in 2009.
Q&A with Cambridge Jones