Book:A Stroke of the Pen

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A Stroke of the Pen
First edition cover
Publisher Transworld
Publication date 5 October 2023
ISBN 9780857529633
Pages 272
RRP £20.00
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Series Books by Terry Pratchett
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All data relates to the first UK edition.

A Stroke of the Pen is a collection of “lost” stories written by Pratchett for newspapers in the 1970s and 1980s. It features a foreword by Neil Gaiman.


A truly unmissable, beautifully illustrated collection of unearthed stories from the pen of Sir Terry Pratchett: award-winning and bestselling author, and creator of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.

Twenty early short stories by one of the world's best loved authors, each accompanied by exquisite original woodcut illustrations.

These are rediscovered tales that Pratchett wrote under a pseudonym for newspapers during the 1970s and 1980s. Whilst none are set in the Discworld, they hint towards the world he would go on to create, containing all of his trademark wit, satirical wisdom and fantastic imagination.

Meet Og the inventor, the first caveman to cultivate fire, as he discovers the highs and lows of progress; haunt the Ministry of Nuisances with the defiant evicted ghosts of Pilgarlic Towers; visit Blackbury, a small market town with weird weather and an otherworldly visitor; and go on a dangerous quest through time and space with hero Kron, which begins in the ancient city of Morpork...

A STROKE OF THE PEN is a must-have collection for fans of all ages.


Not yet revealed in full, but includes twenty stories, including:

  • “The Quest for the Keys”


Placeholder art for initial announcement
First edition cover edition
Forbidden Planet edition
Collectors Edition
Collectors Edition Slipcase

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