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Cover of the 2023 Penguin paperback edition of Pyramids
2023 Penguin paperback, cover design by Leo Nickolls
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Nigel Planer (Isis)
Alfred Enoch (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
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Preceded byWyrd Sisters 
Followed byGuards! Guards! 

Pyramids is the seventh Discworld book, a standalone story introducing Pteppic, a new graduate of the Assassin’s Guild in Ankh-Morpork and heir to the throne of the kingdom of Djelibeybi. Unusually for the series it is divided into four “books”. The first book, “The Book of Going Forth”, primarily chronicles Pteppic’s final exam at the Guild, with flashbacks of his time as a student, in a fairly direct fantasy parody of Tom Brown’s School Days and British boarding school fiction more generally.


‘Look after the dead’, said the priests, ‘and the dead will look after you.’

Wise words in all probability, but a tall order when, like Pteppic, you have just become the pharaoh of a small and penniless country rather earlier than expected. It’s hard to fulfil your obligations to the ancestors with a depleted treasury that is unlikely to stretch to the building of a monumental pyramid to honour your dead father.

He’d had the best education money could buy of course, but unfortunately the syllabus at the Assassins’ Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not cover running a kingdom and basic financial acumen…

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2012-05-13 The Turtle Moves Unknown N/A
2015-11-08 Radio Morpork “An Assassin's Creed”
2018-03-08 Pratchat “Ten Points to Viper House”
2019-05-15 The Death of Podcasts “Pyramids”
2019-08-28 Wyrd Sisters “Pyramids”
2019-12-08 Desert Island Discworld “Alan Trotter and Pyramids”
2020-06-07 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Not For Internal Use” (1/3)
2020-06-14 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “That Won't Keep My Pyramids Flaring” (2/3)
2020-06-21 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Allegory, And This Time I Mean It” (3/3)
2020-06-24 The Compleat Discography “Pyramids”
2020-09-18 Who Watches the Watch “Snake House” (1/3)
2020-09-26 Who Watches the Watch “Wet Arse Pyramids” (2/3)
2020-10-03 Who Watches the Watch “History is Just Father Issues” (3/3)
2021-07-26 Disc Coverers “Pyramids”
2021-09-26 Stuck on Arrakis “Discworld Book Seven”
2021-10-13 The Disc-Course “Dad I'd Like to Pity” (1/6)
2021-10-27 The Disc-Course “Spend Less on Pyramids” (2/6)
2021-11-10 The Disc-Course “Fine Counterweight Continent” (3/6)
2021-11-24 The Disc-Course “Introducing Topics of Amusing Discourse” (4/6)
2021-12-08 The Disc-Course “The Kingdom Owners’ Association” (5/6)
2021-12-22 The Disc-Course “Afterlife of the Author” (6/6)
2021-12-08 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Pyramids”
2023-01-03 Beyond the Bindings “Pyramids - Discworld 7”
2023-04-03 I’ve Never Read Discworld “Book 7. Pyramids”
2024-02-17 Unseen Academicals “Pyramids, Part 1: Progress and Prejudice” (1/3)
2024-03-07 Unseen Academicals “Pyramids, Part 2a: Mummy Madness” (2/3)
2024-04-04 Unseen Academicals “Pyramids, Part 2b: Egyptian Representations” (3/3)

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
2012-12-18 The Pratchett Podcast “The Pratchett Podcast Episode 14”[1][2]
2021-08-05 Fiction Fans “Smuggler's Fortune & Pyramids”


There have been three audiobook versions of Pyramids: the abridged Corgi audiobook read by Tony Robinson, the unabridged Isis audiobook read by Nigel Planer, and the Penguin audiobook, also unabridged, read by Alfred Enoch.

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  1. This episode also includes co-host Rhys's thoughts on Sourcery, having missed the deadline to read it for the previous episode.
  2. Post with info only; audio no longer available.