Mar. 12th, 2015

charliesmum: (Old Person (by curioussquid))
I opened my email to see a message from 'Penguin Books' with a subject that said 'Announcement: Terry Pratchett'. When I opened it, I let out such an anguished wail, my husband, who is currently working from home, ran upstairs to see what was wrong.

We knew, I guess, it was coming. He made no bones about dying on his own terms, and his last few Discworld books seemed to me to be saying good-bye, but I still felt like I was punched in the gut. I'm crying like I lost a treasured friend, and in many ways, he was.

I don't knwo why his books meant so much to me; there might be some psychological reason, or maybe it was just part and parcel of my anglophelia, but every time I got a new book of his, I was happy, even in the midst of my sadder life moments.

I'm glad to hear it seems like he did go out the way he wanted to, peacefully, amongst family and friends.

Terry Pratchett was a brilliant, funny and interesting man, and the world is richer for having known him, and sadder for having lost him.

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