Raising Steam

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Raising Steam
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Stephen Briggs (Isis)
Richard Coyle (Penguin)
Cover artistPaul Kidby
Release number
Sub-seriesMoist von Lipwig
Publication date
Preceded bySnuff 
Followed byThe Shepherd's Crown 

Raising Steam is the fortieth Discworld novel. It is the third and final book to star reformed con man Moist von Lipwig, and the last of the novels to be set in Ankh-Morpork. It continues the trend of modernising the city by introducing steam trains to the Discworld. Published alongside the novel was the in-universe Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook, a guide to the railways and locations they connect.


To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork – a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work – as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital...but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse...

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi’ t’flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all going off the rails...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2021-04-22 Radio Morpork “There Ain’t No Gettin’ Offa This Train We On!” radiomorpork.wordpress.com
2021-11-14 Desert Island Discworld “John Rogers and Raising Steam” desertislanddiscworld.com
2021-12-15 The Death of Podcasts “Raising Steam” aalgar.com
2022-06-29 Wyrd Sisters “Raising Steam” wyrdsisters.podbean.com
2023-05-30 The Compleat Discography “Raising Steam” compleatdiscography.page

Other appearances

These are episodes that feature significant discussion of the book, but where it’s not the main topic.

Date Show Episode External link
2023-06-20 The Turtle Reads “Raising Steam on 9/11” captivate.fm


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