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A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories

Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 10/10/2023
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A Stroke of the Pen
Such a special book
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this book. I absolutely devoured this collection of short stories in one sitting. ... READ MORE
A Stroke of the Pen
A glimpse into what happened next...
I have devoured my advanced copy of this collection of newly discovered short stories, previously published under a pseudonym. It's full of Sir Terry's uni... READ MORE
Valerie at Darlington
A Stroke of the Pen
What a treat!
As a big Discworld fan, I wasn't sure quite what to expect from this early non-Disc Pratchett stories, but was absolutely delighted. Most of these truly ar... READ MORE
Jonathan Race
A Stroke of the Pen
Terry but not as we know him...yet
This collection of short stories published under a pseudonym while working for the Buck's Free Press newspaper, is a classic selection of stories. It is Te... READ MORE
Will Gimes
A Stroke of the Pen
Nobody does it like Pratchett…
After getting through this collection with the silliest of grins on my face, I’ve read it again… and again. Old Discworldiacs and Good Omensians alike can ... READ MORE
Maxim Hrynaszkiewicz
A Stroke of the Pen
Another winner from Pratchett
Cosy, comforting, laugh out loud, a true delight! A fantastic set of stories from the late Terry Pratchett, written under a pseudonym and only recently une... READ MORE
Sarah Packer
A Stroke of the Pen
A wonderful read for any Pratchett fans.
Reading these stories gave me the same feeling you get when you see a picture of someone you know well but from a time before you knew them. So many of bon... READ MORE
Eilish from Rustington
A Stroke of the Pen
A Big Hug in a Book
A little gem of 20 short stories by Pratchett under his pseudonym Patrick Kearn when he was writing for The Western Daily Press in the per Discworld years.... READ MORE
Sam at Newton Abbot
A Stroke of the Pen
A must-read for fans of Terry's work or a great intro to it!
Thanks to Penguin for sending me a proof of this! It's a collection of Terry's earlier work, short stories from before he was the writer everybody grew to ... READ MORE
Megan at Peterborough
A Stroke of the Pen
I've missed Pratchett's writting
As a lifelong Pratchett fan, this was a wonderful read. Its a comfort to fall back into Terry's imagination and to see the foundations of his later work. T... READ MORE
A Stroke of the Pen
"How It All Began"...
If you want to read a Discworld book, read a Discworld book (my favourites being the ones where Death features heavily). And if you're an adult reader who ... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford


A truly unmissable set of unearthed stories from the pen of Sir Terry Pratchett: award-winning and bestselling author, and creator of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. An exclusive collection of twenty early short stories by one of the world's best loved authors, these are rediscovered tales that Pratchett wrote under a pseudonym for newspapers during the 1970s and 1980s. Whilst none of the stories are set in the Discworld, they hint towards the world he would go on to create in his award-winning and globally bestselling series, containing all of his trademark wit, satirical wisdom and fantastic imagination. These are tales which entertain, enlighten and, most importantly, make you laugh. Meet Og the inventor, the first caveman to cultivate fire, as he discovers the highs and lows of progress; haunt the Council with the defiant evicted ghosts of Pilgarlic Towers; visit Blackbury, a small market town with weird weather and an otherworldly visitor; and travel millions of years back in time to The Old Red Sandstone Lion pub. The final ever 'new' writing to be published from the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett, A Stroke of the Pen is a must-have collection of fantastic short stories for fans, old and new.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857529633
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 440g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 23 mm

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A Stroke of the Pen
Fabulous Read
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, this was such a treat to receive on Saturday that it just demanded to be read straight away! I star... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
A Stroke of the Pen
Terry Pratchett wrote these short stories under another name for a very good reason. I think we should have honoured this. His Disc World Series are a tr... READ MORE
Sylvia Preston
A Stroke of the Pen
Early strokes of the pen
As you can imagine I was delighted to see these stories had been discovered - the background to that, set out here, is truly intriguing: nobody knew about ... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
A Stroke of the Pen
Alot of great tales..Just one problem.
Love reading the tales. As always goods characters, which you can tell he base it off several famous people and great plot to the storys. The problem is th... READ MORE
V Johnson
A Stroke of the Pen
Sadly wonderful.
What a delight to read. And how sad to know this is the last writing we will see published. It may be crumbs that are left, but from a delicious cake!
Christine Eddowes
A Stroke of the Pen
Good Waterstones service
A stroke of the pen by Terry Pratchet. I bought this as a gift for someone else, so cannot comment on the book. The delivery and quality were excellent.
Julie Guest
A Stroke of the Pen
Beautiful compilation
These short stories are a wonderful discovery. I think it's a great way to honour the author and its very interesting to see how his writing has evolved ov... READ MORE
Patrycja Kostecka