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Mort
2012 paperback cover; art by Josh Kirby
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi);
Nigel Planer (Isis)
Sian Clifford (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
SeriesDiscworld
Release number
4
Sub-seriesDeath
GenreFantasy
PublisherGollancz/Corgi
Publication date
1987-11-12
Preceded byEqual Rites 
Followed bySourcery 

Mort is the fourth Discworld novel, and the first to feature Death as a main character. It is often cited as a good book for new readers to start with.

Blurb

Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job.

Death is the Grim Reaper of the Discworld, a black-robed skeleton carrying a scythe who must collect a minimum number of souls in order to keep the momentum of dying, well...alive.

He is also fond of cats and endlessly baffled by humanity. Soon Death is yearning to experience what humanity really has to offer...but to do that, he'll need to hire some help.

It's an offer Mort can't refuse. As Death's apprentice he'll have free board, use of the company horse - and being dead isn't compulsory. It's a dream job - until Mort falls in love with Death's daughter, Ysabell, and discovers that your boss can be a killer on your love life...

(From the 2012 paperback edition.)

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2004-07-04 Bookclub “Terry Pratchett”[1] bbc.co.uk
2015-09-15 Radio Morpork “Death is a Family Business” radiomorpork.wordpress.com
2017-01-23 Dragon Babies “Mort, by Terry Pratchett” dragonbabiespodcast.com
2017-12-08 Pratchat “Murdering a Curry” pratchatpodcast.com
2019-02-15 The Death of Podcasts “Mort” aalgar.com
2019-04-28 Wyrd Sisters “Mort” wyrdsisters.podbean.com
2020-03-09 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Schrödinger’s Canapé” (1/3) thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2020-03-16 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “State Of Mind: Eggs” (2/3) thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2020-03-23 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Horse In My Zen Garden” (3/3) thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2020-03-24 The Compleat Discography “Mort” compleatdiscography.page
2020-07-22 Who Watches the Watch “Deathy Seinfeld” (1/2) who-watches-the-watch.pinecast.co
2020-07-29 Who Watches the Watch “Discworld the Anime vs Historical Predestination” (2/2) who-watches-the-watch.pinecast.co
2020-08-02 Desert Island Discworld “Tiernan Douieb and Mort” desertislanddiscworld.com
2021-01-06 The Disc-Course “Callout Post for Death” (1/4) shows.acast.com
2021-01-20 The Disc-Course “Erotic Biographies” (2/4) shows.acast.com
2021-02-03 The Disc-Course “Commotion Lotion” (3/4) shows.acast.com
2021-02-17 The Disc-Course “Disctale” (4/4) shows.acast.com
2021-02-15 Stuck on Arrakis “Discworld Book Four” buzzsprout.com
2021-03-29 Disc Coverers “Mort” anchor.fm
2021-09-29 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Mort” fireside.fm
2022-05-07 Unseen Academicals “Mort” anchor.fm
2022-12-17 I’ve Never Read Discworld “Book 4. Mort” anchor.fm
2023-05-11 Just Dads Reading Books “Mort” redcircle.com
2023-06-21 Books w/ Bitches “Unhinged Bonus Episode 2 MORT” spotify.com

Other appearances

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

Date Show Episode External link
2012-08-05 The Pratchett Podcast “The Pratchett Podcast Episode 10” thepratchettpodcast.wordpress.com[2]
2012-09-05 The Pratchett Podcast “The Pratchett Podcast episode 11”[3] thepratchettpodcast.wordpress.com[2]
2021-05-26 Fiction Fans “A Master of Djinn & Mort” fictionfanspodcast.com

External links

  • Mort at the L-Space Wiki
  • Mort on Wikipedia

Footnotes

  1. This is a BBC Radio program later released as a podcast, or at least made available as via BBC Sounds. Features Terry Pratchett talking about the book with fans.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Post with info only; audio no longer available.
  3. This episode includes co-host Rhys giving his thoughts on the book, having missed the deadline to read it for the previous episode.