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Author Sir Terry Pratchett Dies Aged 66

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It is with great sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.

Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers: 

“I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ‘embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him.”

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA  in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

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RIP Sue Townsend

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The author Sue Townsend, whose most popular character Adrian Mole defined a generation, has died at the age of 68.

She was best known for the fictional diaries of Adrian Mole, who began confiding his deepest desires and ambitions in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 3/4 in 1982. His teenage years were recounted in The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole and further novels dealt with married life and middle age.

Townsend died on Thursday evening after a stroke. As the news of Townsend‘s death broke, tributes were paid to the writer on Twitter. Stephen Mangan, the actor who played Adrian Mole in a TV adaptation of the books, tweeted: “Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died. One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met.”

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, her publisher said she will be remembered as “one in a handful of this country’s great comic writers”.

“She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique,” he said.

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