50 Years of Terry
50 Years of Terry is a year long celebration of Terry Pratchett, starting on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, The Carpet People.
Anniversary edition of The Carpet People
The event was kicked off with a new edition of The Carpet People, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication in November 1971. It was accompanied by a new audiobook version, the fourth for this book, read by David Tennant.
New Discworld Editions and Audiobooks
As part of the celebrations, new audiobook editions of "all 40" Discworld novels were announced in November 2021, to be published by Penguin Audio in 2022 and 2023, with Hogfather released in December 2021 in time for Christmas. These editions are unabridged, have a different narrator for each series, but all of them feature Bill Nighy as the "voice of the author" reading the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz as the voice of Death. (The Death books are narrated by Sian Clifford.) They are set to be released by sub-series, beginning with the Witches books on Terry’s birthday, 27 April 2022. They are followed by the Wizards books (though see below) in July 2022, the Death books in October 2022, the Moist von Lipwig trilogy in February 2023, and finally both the City Watch and Tiffany Aching books in April 2023. (The new editions only list 35 novels in the series, leaving out the “Discworld for Younger Readers" books.) The standalone books will also be published, though dates for most of them are yet to be given.
In March 2022, new paperback editions of the novels were also announced, with new covers in a consistent design across all the books, and with colour schemes and cover text identifying each series. These are to be published alongside the new audiobooks, which use the same cover art.
The series defined by the publishers are a bit different to those used by fans, mostly because they are avoiding any overlap. Whether or not the illustrated novels Eric and The Last Hero will be re-published also seems a bit up in the air... Anyway, below you'll find the series as defined by the publishers:
Release date: 28 April, 2022 Audio narrator: Indira Varma
Unambiguous. The publishers have kept them separate from the Tiffany Aching books. (This was also the intended publication date for the Dunmanifestin edition of The Ultimate Discworld Companion, but it ended up being pushed back to October.)
Release date: 7 July, 2022 Audio narrator: Colin Morgan
Most of the Rincewind series, plus Unseen Academicals. The wizards books which crossover with Death are listed under that series. Of note: Eric is not being republished alongside the others in a new physical edition, but is getting a new audiobook with a cover matching the others. The Last Hero is listed as a "standalone" title; it may also get a new audiobook, without a new print edition. (Possibly it will use multiple narrators, since its a bit of a crossover book, but more likely it will get a guest narrator.)
- The Colour of Magic
- The Light Fantastic
- Interesting Times
- The Last Continent
- Unseen Academicals
Release date: 27 October, 2022 Audio narrator: Sian Clifford
Also unambiguous. All narrated by Sian Clifford, even before the introduction of Susan in Soul Music.
Release date: 23 February, 2023 Audio narrator: Richard Coyle
They list only the Moist von Lipwig books in this category; what fans usually describe as the "Industrial Revolution" (or more commonly Ankh-Morpork) books are all listed as standalone titles, though notably The Truth and Monstrous Regiment are being published on the same date as these. Richard Coyle previously played the part of Moist in The Mob’s television adaptation, Going Postal.
Release date: April 2023 Audio narrator: TBA
Release date: April 2023 Audio narrator: Indira Varma
Neither these or The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents are listed in the new editions of the main novels; they seem to be marketing them separately as young adult fiction.
These are being released alongside other collections, using one-off narrators - mostly names in the UK. They are explicitly labelled as "standalone" in the new editions’ list of Discworld books.
- Pyramids - released on 30 March, 2023; audio narrator Alfred Enoch
- Moving Pictures - book released on 23 February and audiobook on 18 May, 2023; No narrator announced yet
- Small Gods - released on 28 April, 2022; audio narrator Andy Serkis
- The Truth - released on 23 February, 2023; audio narrator Mathew Baynton
- The Last Hero - not announced as getting a new print edition or audiobook
- The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - released on 6 October 2022; audio narrator Ariyon Bakare (who also plays Darktan in The Amazing Maurice)
- Monstrous Regiment - released on 23 February, 2023; audio narrator Katherine Parkinson