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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction Hardcover – 25 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857521225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857521224
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seriously funny about the weirdness of the world and humorously serious about the NHS, assisted dying and his urgent personal campaign for more research into Alzheimer’s disease" (Times)

"A wonderful collection...[Pratchett] emerges as, yes, likeable but also complex and angry" (Independent)

"His life and legacy will always be cause for celebration" (Guardian)

"Bright, funny, insightful, warm...a man who truly knew how to enjoy life...and books" (George R.R. Martin)

"Wise and funny...my unlikely hero" (A.S. Byatt)

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Terry Pratchett in his own words - a collection of essays and other non fiction by the creator of Discworld, about his life, interests, campaigns, and his writing career from early years to the present day.

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I love Discworld, it feels like a favourite place I visit whenever Sir Terry writes a book or I revisit one. Many parts referring to Discworld made me laugh, talk of Alzheimer's and the documentary made me cry and Sir Terrys views on the world, government, the idiocy of humans and politics made me think he's a wonderful man and maybe he should run the world. Or at least tell those who are supposed to be doing it how to do it better. Thank you for many years of happy reading.
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Sir Terry Pratchett triumphs with this ultimately readable collection of non-fiction which gives a somewhat surprising insight into Terry Pratchett the man. Neil Gaiman's foreword hints at the misconceptions people have about the writer. I met Sir Terry once at a book signing in Chester; the day was incredibly hot and the queue apparently infinite but he kept up his facade of good humour and, I believe, made every person in that queue feel that the wait had been worthwhile. His writing is always entertaining, even when he writes about difficult-to-even-contemplate-never-mind-read stuff. I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone thinking they want to be an author; anyone considering journalism as a career; anyone who has ever read anything else written by Sir Terry; anyone with Alzheimers (of any type); anybody thinking about such taboo subjects as assisted suicide. In fact, everybody should read this book. There are many authors I admire, but none more than Sir Terry Pratchett.
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This man should run the world. His thought processes are sometimes complicated, but his conclusions are by turns hilarious, thoughtful, kind, intelligent and totally un-self-pitying. He is one of the people I admire most in this world, and if there were more like him the world would be a more peaceful and sensible place.
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The man, by the man himself, an insight into his life, his career and his bleak-looking future. The foreword by Neil Gaiman immediately dismisses most people's impression of Sir Terry as 'an affable man with a beard and a hat' - 'a jolly old elf'. Far from it. There is much fire in Pratchett's belly, and some of it flares up in the pages of this book, fuelled by his reaction to his dementia and the attitude of the government towards its treatment, as well as to the views of certain sections of the establishment on the concept and practice of assisted dying, which he firmly believes in.
His views on fans, fan conventions, book signings and the book trade, the press and his success are a treat to read, especially so for fellow authors. A fair amount of his opinions are repeated, which is unsurprising, as this is a compilation of articles, speech transcripts and occasional blog posts written over a period of almost 30 years. However, they are written with the same whimsical style and sideways look at reality that has been the foundation of the success of his Discworld and other fiction
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I love this book. I've had it over a month now and I haven't finished it yet. I'm only about halfway through because I keep nipping back to read a favourite bit or two and end up reading the book again from that point. I imagine that by the time I get to the end there will be whole parts I will know by heart.
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I am a great fan of everything he writes be it fiction or not so this had to be added to my library and due to my health problems meaning I cannot at times hold a book I have it like all his work in all three formats - Hardback, ebook and audio so no matter how I am I have access to his work.

Costs me more but wouldn't have it any other way - just wish a few other authors offered their books in the three formats, especially audio.

A great read as expected.
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Having wandered into Sir Terry 's Discworld over 20 years ago I have admired his prose and productivity. I never got to meet him but felt I had in the way he touched me via his work and sense of being part of my life in a way no other writer ever has other than perhaps Tolkein, now after reading this book there is even more flesh on those sadly departed bones. My heart goes out to his family. I am glad he wrote such a brilliant series of literate books, even though he never thought of it as literature! More than this however the insight into his life and dying provided by this book is powerful, witty and essential reading. Highly recommended.
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Very good read, between the mundane to the heavy subjects, such as dignitas. Despite being non-fiction it feels essentially like a Pratchett book
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