'Destiny is important, see, but people go wrong when they think it controls them. It's the other way around.'
Three witches gathered on a lonely heath. A king cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. A child heir and the royal crown, both missing.
Witches don't have these kinds of leadership problems themselves - in fact, they don't have leaders.
Granny Weatherwax is the most highly regarded of the leaders they don't have. But even she finds that meddling in royal politics is a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe. Particularly when the blood on your hands just won't wash off . . .
'Pratchett's Discworld books have made millions of people happy' Guardian
'I love Terry Pratchett' Caitlin Moran
Wyrd Sisters is the second book in the Witches series, but you can read the Discworld novels in any order.
Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own
The Discworld novels have always been among the most serious of comedies, the most relevant and real of fantasies
His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction
Games & activities
Sir Terry Pratchett’s favourite drink was a banana daiquiri. So, to celebrate his birthday on 28 April, we’re making a terrific banana milkshake to toast the occasion!
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). Read an extract from The Wee Free Men, the first book in the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett.
Meet Tiffany and the Wee Free Men. Tiffany wants to be a witch, and the Wee Free Men, are, well - a horde of unruly fairies. Together they are the brave new heroes in The Wee Free Men, a spellbinding story from Terry Pratchett. Full of fierce, flying elves, deadly dogs and not forgetting the evil Queen of the Fairies, Tiffany and the Wee Free Men must battle it out to bring Tiffany’s brother home. Here’s everything you need to know about them.