Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, in partnership with the official purveyor of merchandise from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, The Discworld Emporium, are delighted to announce plans to publish Discworld diaries for the next three years from 2015 to 2017. With background detail and hilarious one-liners, The Discworld Diaries will help all fans of Sir Terry Pratchett keep their lives in order.
Developed in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, the Discworld diaries are one part diary, one part guide to the arcane practices of the funniest creation in modern fantasy.
Each diary celebrates the unsung heroes of the Discworld universe; in this instance: those stoic, selfless minions from the farflung region of Überwald, the Igors.
Gollancz’s previous Discworld diaries sold over 25,000 copies per year at their peak, and their Discworld calendars continue to sell in the order of 15,000 copies per year. The Discworld Collector’s Library, launched in November last year and has already sold more than 40,000 copies.
Terry Pratchett’s editor at Gollancz, Darren Nash, says: ‘From the moment we sat down with the team from the Discworld Emporium it was clear that they shared the Gollancz vision: fans producing wonderful things for other fans. We’re delighted to be working with them and with Sir Terry Pratchett, and confident that 2015’s will be the best Discworld Diary ever – until next year!’
The Discworld Emporium adds: As any Igor will tell you, ‘What goeth around, cometh around’. This excursion into Pratchett’s world of the Igors has taught us more about anatomy, and indeed ‘re-cycling’, than one could possibly have wished to know. Regardless, we’re delighted to share it with you in this little tome. Hopefully it will have you in thtitcheth!
The Discworld Diary 2015 is the most lavishly illustrated Discworld diary Gollancz has ever produced – full-colour throughout for the first time – and is published in hardback on the 21 August 2014, priced at £16.99. The following two diaries will be published in August 2015 and 2016, and will be sure to delight Terry Pratchett fans around the world for years to come.
Sir Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Among his many prizes and citations are the WORLD FANTASY LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, the CARNEGIE MEDAL, the BSFA AWARD, eight honorary doctorates and, of course, a knighthood. He is the author of 50 bestselling books but is best known for the globally renowned Discworld series. The first Discworld novel, THE COLOUR OF MAGIC, was published in 1983, and the series is still going strong three decades later. Four Discworld novels – HOGFATHER, GOING POSTAL, THE COLOUR OF MAGIC and THE LIGHT FANTASTIC – have been adapted for television, with more to follow. His books have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide, and been translated into 37 languages. Terry Pratchett lives near Salisbury.
The Discworld Emporium has been the official purveyor of merchandise and finery from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld since 1991. Its shop in Somerset opened its doors in 2001 and has since become a must-visit for Discworld fans from all over the world. It is a place where Discworld becomes real, so real that in 2002 the Emporium’s hometown of Wincanton was officially twinned with Ankh-Morpork in the first ceremony of its kind, while a new housing estate boasts Discworld street names, including Treacle Mine Road and Peach Pie Street. You will also find an official branch of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, and the world’s only Ankh-Morpork Consulate.