discworld

3 | The Magic of Conversation

3 | The Magic of Conversation

I first met Terry Pratchett in 1997, on his book signing tour for Feet of Clay, book number 19 in his Discworld series, in which events take place in a flat world balanced on the backs of four giant elephants which in turn stand atop a giant turtle swimming through space. Aside from this fact, the presence of magic and a proliferation of wizards, witches, trolls, dwarves, werewolves and other creatures, however, the world of the Disc is not so very different from our own. This is because the Discworld books are primarily stories about people – what they’re like, how they think, what they’re afraid of, the kinds of things they believe, the follies they fall into and the things they think they can get away with when no-one is looking.