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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; 1 Reprint edition (24 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062012177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062012173
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015

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Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the world’s most popular authors. his novels about the fantastical flat planet Discworld have sold more than 65 million copies, and in 2009 he was knighted for “services to literature.”

Sir Terry’s highly praised novels for children have won such honors as the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book prize for Young Adult Literature, a Printz Honor, and Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal.

He lives in England with his wife and many cats.


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rincewindwales on 31 Aug. 2010
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This is a collection of previously published books. NOT a new one. If you already own The Wee Free men & A Hat Full Of Sky you don't need this. This isn't wasn't / isn't clear in the description and led me to buy something I didn't need. Amazons return policy means it'll cost me approx £2.75 to return this because they described it poorly.
Ach, see you, pussycat, scunner that y'are!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Hadfield on 27 Aug. 2010
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Amazon's description of this book has never 'to my knowledge' said that this book was a compilation of two other books that I already own.

This being said I could quite easily have looked on other sites to see if it was mentioned elsewhere, but I ordered it from here, and have only realised upon opening the package which has been delivered within the last five minutes.

I enjoyed both of these books previously and will re-read any number of times, so the lack of 1 star is for the misrepresentation or missing description as previously mentioned.

The Wee Free Men: The Beginning
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr L D Penta on 22 Mar. 2013
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took 6 months to read. very good book. lightweight. good size. doesnt many have many pictures. fits in handbag easily
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298 of 318 people found the following review helpful
And I Already OWN It 25 Aug. 2010
By Game Gopher - Published on Amazon.com
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Because of the title, I thought this was a prequel to the Tiffany Aching series. Imagine my surprise when I found it was a paperback edition of The Wee Free Men and Hatful of Sky. I love both of these books, but must admit I don't need additional copies. Just thought others may want to know.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
First Two Great Books, One Great Price 2 Sept. 2010
By This Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Pratchett is one of the greatest, sharpest, most entertaining and enlightening writers of all time. His Discworld series has provided me more entertainment (and often thought provoking entertainment at that) than just about any thing else I can think of. While my personal favorites are the Discworld books that follow the city watch and Commander Sam Vimes (one of my all time favorite characters in any media), every book in the series is worth reading. Starting with book four, Mort, all the way to book 33 or so Unseen Academicals, Pratchett has established himself as a brilliant world builder, character creator, satarist, and humorist. While several of his books would make my top ten of all time list, Nightwatch could very easily take the very top spot.

The two books covered in this volume are the first two Tiffany Aching books (as with many of the Discworld books, these books are set in the Discworld, but form the start of thier own series within the series). Written to a slightly younger audience, they are still highly enjoyable for all ages. Highly recommended in and of themselves, combined in a nice volume for such a low price, they are absolutely worth picking up for any Discworld fans or for anyone who hasn't yet given the Discworld (and Pratchett) a try.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
NOT A NEW BOOK 25 Sept. 2010
By Obstinate - Published on Amazon.com
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Not trying to be Captain Obvious...this has been pointed out by several reviewers...Amazon was nice about accepting this as a return...but I would expect that at this point everyone knows. However...if you have not read all of the Feegle books...this has what you need! Laugh-out-loud funny!
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Ridiculous 3 Nov. 2010
By M. F. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reviews at Amazon are becoming increasingly useless. We have customers giving a one star review to a seller in the mistaken belief that they are leaving feedback, customers who think a thousand page novel should cost exactly the same as a 200 page novel and are so seriously pissed off that it doesn't that they start screaming about boycotts, and customers who couldn't be bothered to do even the most basic research and discover a "vast conspiracy" by either the author or the publisher or Amazon to screw them out of their hard earned cash by packaging older novels into an omnibus edition. Omnibus editions have been around for years.

How about this: Did you enjoy the book? How does it rank among other books by the same author? Is it better or worse than other books in the same genre?

I enjoyed both books in this case. I like the author's work in general and think that this series is some of the best writing for children in years. For those looking to save a little money or for whom shelf space is limited this omnibus edition is the way to go.

Was that so hard?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Waily, waily, waily, a Bigjob trick 25 Sept. 2010
By Anthro Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Wee Free Men, or Nac Mac Feegle, distrust Bigjobs (large people like us), writing, and reading. If they knew that the first two books about them were being reissued in one volume, with no fair warning, they'd cry "Waily, waily."

That said, if you or your child haven't read the Tiffany Aching series yet, by all means start with this one, and maybe you'll be caught up by the time the fourth one comes out. They take place in Discworld, and witches like Nanny Ogg play an occasional role, but you don't need any introduction to that series to enjoy this one. Each story is a further step in a young witch's coming of age, in which she must use her wits to rescue those most important to her, such as the entire world.
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