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TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, the latest of which is Raising Steam. He has been appointed OBE and a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England. DR. JACQUELINE SIMPSON is a long-standing member and office-holder on the committee of the Folklore Society. Her publications include Green Men and White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names; A Dictionary of English Folklore; Folklore of Sussex; Icelandic Folktales and Legends; and (with Jennifer Westwood) The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends.
"Beautiful analysis of the overlapping myth and legends in both Discworld and ours. You'll learn a lot about each." --The Bookseller Praise for Terry Pratchett "Like all great creators of imaginary worlds, Terry Pratchett writes like an enthralled and driven reader. He creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail, he respects his own creation and his readers." --A. S. Byatt "It is [his] closeness to reality--within a fantasy context--that makes Pratchett's books so popular with a wider readership than merely the goblin junkies and interplanetary nargs." --The Sunday Times (London) "One of the most interesting and critically underrated novelists we have. . . . The Folklore of Discworld--co-authored with the eminent folklorist Jacqueline Simpson--emphasizes his irreverence and drollery." -- The Times "Pratchett is, like Mark Twain or Jonathan Swift, not just a great writer but also an original thinker . . . Funny, exciting, lighthearted and, like all the best comedy, very serious." --The Guardian