On April 28 Terry Pratchett would have celebrated his 69th birthday. To mark the special day, we're remembering the many life lessons learned from the characters of Discworld
1. How to be brave
Tiffany Aching, Witch of the Chalk, taught us how to see beyond what is in front of us, and how to be brave...
4. Prejudice isn't helpful
Rincewind taught us that sandals make the best getaway shoes, and that prejudice is not a helpful approach to life...
5. The leopard can change his shorts
Moist Von Lipvig, a natural born criminal, a fraudster by vocation, an habitual liar and saviour of the postal service, taught us that the leopard can change his shorts...
7. Politics is always complicated
Vetinarii taught us that the only time politics is ever simple is when it’s tyranny...
8. Light a candle in the dark
Captain Carrot taught us that being simple is not the same as being stupid, and to light a candle in the dark...
9. Don't tolerate injustice
Samuel Vimes taught us not to tolerate injustice, and that, while candles are all well and good, sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness...
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Tiffany wants to be a witch when she grows up.
A proper one, with a pointy hat. And flying, she’s always dreamed of flying (though it’s cold up there, you have to wear really thick pants, two layers).
But she’s worried Tiffany isn’t a very ‘witchy’ name. And a witch has always protected Tiffany’s land, to stop the nightmares getting through.
Now the nightmares have taken her brother, and it’s up to her to get him back.
With a horde of unruly fairies at her disposal, Tiffany is not alone. And she is the twentieth granddaughter of her Granny Aching: shepherdess extraordinaire, and protector of the land.
Tiffany Aching. Now there’s a rather good name for a witch.
‘Quite, quite brilliant’
THE FIRST BOOK IN THE TIFFANY ACHING SERIES