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Unseen Academicals
Cover art by Paul Kidby
Illustrator(s) Paul Kidby
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date 13 Oct 2009
ISBN 0385609345
Pages 320
RRP £18.99
Main characters Mr. Nutt, Trevor Likely, Glenda Sugarbean, Juliet Stollop
Series Ankh-Morpork Series
Annotations View
Notes The 37th Discworld novel
All data relates to the first UK edition.

Cover Blurb

"Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

The prospect of the Big Match draws in a likely lad with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt. (No one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too.)

As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.

Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!"


Major Characters


Minor Characters

Cameos and Mentions


Things and Concepts

Foot-the-ball sides

Gameday Iconograph



Roundworld comparisons

That hack from Stratford-on Avon wrote a play about horny teenagers in Verona, Italy. This Discworld story centers on horny teenagers (well, not Glenda) who are fans of different foot-the-ball sides, but then again it doesn't. The name Dimwell seems close to Millwall, area and football club in London noted for the belligerence of their supporters. Uberwald is a roundworld reference to Germany. The orcs are symbolic for modern Germans. All books that Nutt cites have German titles. Today, Germans have problems with their place in history, because of their role in the war, just like the orcs, even several generations afterwards. Uberwald actually translates as over the forest as does Transylvania. The books have German titles because Freud is the father of psychology.



Adapted by Stephen Briggs into a stage play in 2015.

Audio Drama

Adapted into an audio drama for Amazon Audible by Richard Curtie and Bev Doyle, directed by Dirk Maggs, in partnership with Narrativia in 2018.

See also

Annotations for Unseen Academicals

The Ankh-Morpork Football Association Hall of Fame playing cards


First Edition Cover by Paul Kidby
Book Proof
Collectors Slipcase Edition
Promotional Football Cards
Audio CD
US Cover
Paperback cover by Paul Kidby
Collectors Library Edition
Paperback 2022

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