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Equal Rites
Cover art by Josh Kirby
Publisher Victor Gollancz
Publication date January 1987
ISBN 0552131059X
Pages 336
Main characters Granny Weatherwax, Eskarina Smith
Series Witches Series
Annotations View
Notes Book #03
All data relates to the first UK edition.


The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check on the new-born baby's sex...


On the back cover, illustrator Josh Kirby painted himself as a wizard.


Minor characters



Sentient Species

Supernatural Entities

Things and Concepts



The novel was serialised in ten parts and broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 show 'Women's Hour' the same year as its release, 1987. Adapted by Pat McLoughlin and read by Sarah Badel.

Series Notes

  • First appearance of Granny Weatherwax
  • First appearance of Mrs. Whitlow
  • First mention of Albert (as Malich the wise)
  • First mention of Sourcerers
  • The Thieves' Guild is now the main law enforcement agency in Ankh-Morpork


First Edition Cover by Josh Kirby
Book Proof
'Letterbox' Hardback 1996
Compact Edition 1995
SF Book Club 1998, Cover by Thomas Kidd
Paperback 2004
Audio Cassette
Audio CD
US Cover 2005
US Cover 2000, 2013
Paperback 2012
Unseen Library Edition
Collectors Library Edition
Mai Més Catalan translation 2020
Paperback 2022

External Links

Equal Rites Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File

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