Reaper Man

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Reaper Man
Cover of the 2012 paperback edition of Reaper Man
2012 paperback cover; art by Josh Kirby
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Nigel Planer (Isis)
Sian Clifford (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
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Preceded byMoving Pictures 
Followed byWitches Abroad 

Reaper Man is the eleventh Discworld book, and the second to feature Death as a main protagonist, though none of the major characters from Mort reappear except, briefly, Albert. It also features the wizards in a storyline only loosely linked to Death’s.


‘Death has to happen. That's what bein’ alive is all about. You’re alive, and then you’re dead. It can’t just stop happening.’

But it can. And it has. Death is missing – (and on a little farm far, far away, a tall dark stranger is turning out to be really good with a scythe). Which leads to the kind of chaos you always get when an important public service is withdrawn. If Death doesn't come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can't have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There's no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2017-07-25 Radio Morpork “Death Comes to Life”
2018-09-08 Pratchat “At Bill's Door”
2019-08-15 The Death of Podcasts “Reaper Man”
2019-12-28 Wyrd Sisters “Reaper Man”
2020-10-27 The Compleat Discography “Reaper Man”
2020-11-02 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Come Into A Bit Of Snowglobe” (1/3)
2020-11-09 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Semi-Detached Wolf” (2/3)
2020-11-16 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “YES” (3/3)
2020-11-08 Who Watches the Watch “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Academia” (1/3)
2020-11-13 Who Watches the Watch “The Sincere Episode” (2/3)
2020-11-22 Who Watches the Watch “No Self November” (3/3)
2020-11-22 Desert Island Discworld “Bethany Black and Reaper Man”
2022-01-09 Disc Coverers “Reaper Man”
2022-01-19 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Reaper Man”
2022-06-13 Unseen Academicals “Reaper Man - Part 1” (1/2)
2022-07-06 Unseen Academicals “Reaper Man - Part 2” (2/2)
2022-09-07 The Disc-Course “Ultra Instinct Poons” (1/6)
2022-09-21 The Disc-Course “Terry’s Bones” (2/6)
2022-10-06 The Disc-Course “Death's Slut Era” (3/6)
2022-10-26 The Disc-Course “Happy Spooky Season” (4/6)
2022-11-16 The Disc-Course “Release Bill Door” (5/6)
2022-11-30 The Disc-Course “Mr. Death Goes to Oblivion” (6/6)
2023-03-21 Beyond the Bindings “Reaper Man - Discworld 11”
2023-08-05 I’ve Never Read Discworld “Book 11. Reaper Man”
2023-10-29 Trash or Treasure? “Terry Pratchett’s ‘Reaper Man’”

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
2021-12-11 Fiction Fans “The Salvage Crew & Reaper Man”
2024-03-28 My Hill to Die On “Get to Know Death More”


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