A Slip of the Keyboard

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A Slip of the Keyboard
AuthorTerry Pratchett
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Preceded byA Blink of the Screen 
Followed byA Stroke of the Pen 


Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series – but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer’s research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett’s non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf’s love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him.

With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself – man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and Dignity in Dying.


Foreword by Neil Gaiman.

A Scribbling Intruder

  • "Thought Progress" (1989)
  • Palmtop (1993)
  • The Choice Word (2000)
  • How to Be a Professional Boxer (2005)
  • Brewer’s Boy (1999)
  • Paperback Writer (2003)
  • Advice to Booksellers (1999)
  • No Worries (1998)
  • Conventional Wisdom (2011)
  • Straight from the Heart, via the Groin (2004)
  • Discworld Turns 21 (2004)
  • "Kevins" (1993)
  • "Wyrd Ideas" (1999)
  • Notes From a Successful Fantasy Author - Keep It Real” (2007)
  • Whose Fantasy Are You? (1991)
  • Why Gandalf Never Married (1985)
  • Roots of Fantasy (1989)
  • Elves Were Bastards (1992)
  • Let There Be Dragons (1993)
  • Magic Kingdoms (1999)
  • Cult Classic (2001)
  • Neil Gaiman: Amazing Master Conjuror” (2002)
  • 2001 Carnegie Medal Award Speech (2002)
  • Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Speech for Nation (2009)
  • Watching Nation (2009)
  • Doctor Who? (2001)
  • A Word About Hats (2001)

A Twit and a Dreamer

  • The Big Store (2002)
  • Roundhead Wood, Forty Green (1996)
  • A Star Pupil (2011)
  • On Granny Pratchett (2004)
  • Tales of Wonder and of Porn (2004)
  • Letter to Vector (1963)
  • Writer’s Choice (2004)
  • Introduction to Roy Lewis’s The Evolution Man (1989)
  • The King and I, or How the Bottom Has Dropped Out of the Wise Man Business (1970)
  • Honey, These Bees Had a Heart of Gold (1976)
  • That Sounds Fungi, It Must Be the Dawn Chorus (1976)
  • Introduction to The Leaky Establishment by David Langford (2001)
  • The Meaning of My Christmas (1997)
  • Alien Christmas (1987)
  • 2001: The Vision and the Reality (2000)
  • The God Moment (2008)
  • A Genuine Absent-minded Professor (2010)
  • Saturdays (2011)

Days of Rage

  • On Excellence in Schools. Education: What It Means to You (1997)
  • The Orangutans Are Dying (2000)
  • The NHS Is Seriously Injured (2008)
  • I’m Slipping Away a Bit at a Time . . . and All I Can Do Is Watch It Happen (2008)
  • Taxworld (2009)
  • Point Me to Heaven When the Final Chapter Comes (2009)
  • Shaking Hands with Death” (2010)
  • At Last We Have Real Compassion in Assisted-Dying Guidelines (2010)
  • Assisted Dying: It’s Time the Government Gave Us the Right to End Our Lives (2011)
  • Death Knocked and We Let Him In (2011)
  • A Week in the Death of Terry Pratchett (2011)

And Finally...

  • Terry Pratchett’s Wild Unattached Footnotes to Life (1990)

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

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Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

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