How marvellous!

An early interest in science – astronomy in particular – was frustrated by a lack of aptitude for maths, but it made him an avid reader of science fiction, which he purchased from a High Wycombe shop specialising in pornography; fantasy and science fiction was sold only under the counter.
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He said that writing “is the most fun you can have with your clothes on”, and often spoke of the bewilderment he felt shortly after quitting the CEGB when, having written his daily 1,000 words, he was left with nothing to do.
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In 1998 he was appointed OBE for services to literature, and later observed: “I suspect the services to literature consisted of refraining to try and write any.”

4 thoughts on “How marvellous!”

  1. “Try and” must be the standard grammatical form over large chunks of the country, I’d think.

  2. One of the things which shone through his writing was the sheer breadth of his reading. if your an afficianado of his work and haven’t seen the Annotated Pratchett Files on lspace.org have a look – it reveals he all sorts of nods you miss on the third or fourth reading.

  3. “Try and” must be the standard grammatical form over large chunks of the country, I’d think.

    Particularly in speech. We don’t know whether Pratchett spoke or wrote those words, of course, but they sound spoken: surely in writing, the quip would in fact read, “I suspect the services to literature consisted of refraining from trying to write any.”

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