Terry Pratchett – “Not dead yet”

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to my random mutterings, you’ll probably be aware that I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett. His Discworld books have been a major part of my life for over twenty years, and each new one is something of a special event for me.

So I was more than a little concerned, and indeed alarmed to learn a while ago that Terry had apparently suffered a minor stroke. At the time, things didn’t sound too bad, but it turns out that things are rather worse than that. Terry’s using the PJSM Prints website as a news page, and it was there that he announced that he’s been diagnosed with “a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s”.

Terry describes this as “an embuggerance”, and is cautiously optimistic. There’s a report at The Guardian, and a summary with a lot of reaction at The Register. The “not dead yet” line comes from the author description at the back of most of his books, and may or may not relate to the words of one of his best known characters, Granny Weatherwax, which he uses himself in an update to the announcement.

Can I remind everybody that I still aten’t dead, even today.

Let’s hope he stays that way.