A Life With Footnotes, the official biography of Sir Terry Pratchett is published today by Transworld Publishers. Written by the late author’s former assistant, friend and Business Manager Rob Wilkins, the biography has been authorised by the Pratchett Estate and draws on memories documented by the author himself prior to his untimely death from Alzheimer’s disease in 2015.
Following Terry’s death, the mantle of completing his memoir was passed to Rob”, said Larry Finlay, Managing Director of Transworld. Rob however has created a far more comprehensive and entertaining account of the author’s life by drawing not only on the fragments Terry left him, but his own memories from many years at the author’s side as well as those of Pratchett’s family, friends, fans and colleagues “The responsibility of documenting his life when I lived so much of it with him has been such an emotive experience. A Life With Footnotes is a book that I hope would have made Terry proud,” said Wilkins “Living a life alongside one of the world’s greatest authors, then reliving every moment for his biography, has been an incredible journey. Terry was one of the most talented, complex, intellectually stimulating people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting – a true genius.”
The book takes us from Terry’s formative years at school through the writing of the bestselling Discworld series, the resulting Carnegie medal and knighthood and finally how he coped with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and went on to complete further bestselling novels against the odds.
Larry Finlay said that “only Wilkins” could have written the “intimate, engaging and revealing portrait of one of the UK’s most loved and most missed authors. A Life With Footnotes captures the genius that was Terry Pratchett, with warmth, poignancy and great good humour – and with no small amount of love,” said Finlay. “It is a masterclass in great biographical writing.’”
Buy your copy from the official website.