Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Case Study No. 1865: Sir Terry Pratchett (Wannabe Librarian)

Sir Terry Pratchett on Libraries
"I taught myself more in the library than school taught me." -Terry Pratchett

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["Sir Terry Pratchett on Libraries" appears on screen, then cut to the author sitting and speaking directly to the camera]
TERRY PRATCHETT: When I found our local library, because I wanted to read and have every book in the library!
[cut to another angle of Pratchett]
TERRY PRATCHETT: Once I found reading, reading itself just filled my veins. Really ... And I absolutely read everything! And so, I went up to the head librarian, this was a small local library, and I said--
[he mimics a young boy's squeaky voice]
TERRY PRATCHETT: "Please, sir!" Um ... "I want to be a librarian when I grow up! Uh, can I come work here on Saturdays?"
[cut to another angle of Pratchett]
TERRY PRATCHETT: And he says, "Oh. Okay. We can't pay you anything" ... And I was very grateful, because I had been prepared to pay him!
[cut to another shot of Pratchett speaking directly to the camera]
TERRY PRATCHETT: I used to leave the library everday, every day when I was there, with two very very big bags full of library books. They took, uh, the lady showed a blind eye to this, because they knew that I would bring them back, because I didn't have any room in my room for books anyway.
[cut to another angle of Pratchett]
TERRY PRATCHETT: And I, I read and read and read! So I was, I was reading every damned thing in the library that there was! Eclectically, I was ... y'know, that was it.
[cut to another angle of Pratchett]
TERRY PRATCHETT: But I'm only doing it because I just wanted to read everything! I just wanted to know everything! I read about the Silk Road.
[cut to another angle of Pratchett]
TERRY PRATCHETT: The trouble was ... I mean, I taught myself more in the library than school taught me! More history, more interesting history, more just about everything.
["Dodger by Terry Pratchett" appears on screen]



Sir Terence David John Pratchett, more commonly known as Terry Pratchett, is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Color of Magic) was published in 1983, he has written two books a year on average. Pratchett is also known for close collaboration on adaptations of his books.

Pratchett was the UK's bestselling author of the 1990s, and as of December 2007, he has sold more than 55 million books worldwide, with translations made into 36 languages. He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US. In 2001, he won the Carnegie Medal for his children's novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.

Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to literature" in 1998. He was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours. In December 2007, Pratchett publicly announced that he was suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, subsequently making a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, and filming a program chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC.

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