Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes

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Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
Cover of Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
Cover of the standard first edition.
AuthorRob Wilkins
Published in English

Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes is the official biography of Terry Pratchett, written by Rob Wilkins and based in part on Terry's own notes for his unwritten autobiography.



At the time of his death in 2015, award-winning and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett was working on his finest story yet - his own.

At six years old, Terry was told by his headteacher that he would never amount to anything. He spent the rest of his life proving that teacher wrong. At sixty-six, Terry had lived a life full of achievements: becoming one of the UK's bestselling writers, winning the Carnegie Medal and being awarded a knighthood for services to literature.

Following his untimely death from Alzheimer's disease, the mantle of completing Terry's memoir was passed to Rob Wilkins, his former assistant, friend and now head of the author's literary estate.

Drawing on his own extensive memories, along with those of Terry's family, friends, fans and colleagues, Rob recounts Terry's extraordinary story - from his early childhood to the literary phenomenon that his Discworld series became; and how he met and coped with the challenges that 'The Embuggerance' of Alzheimer's brought with it.

'Of all the dead authors in the world, Terry Pratchett is the most alive.' - John Lloyd

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2022-10-09 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret Bonus: “An Episode with Footnotes” thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2022-10-19 Unseen Academicals “A Life With Footnotes, by Rob Wilkins” anchor.fm
2023-02-05 La Vieja Raza “Review Terry Pratchett, una vida con notas al pie de Rob Wilkins”[1] ivoox.com
2023-02-16 Fiction Fans “Author Interview: A Life With Footnotes by Rob Wilkins” fictionfanspodcast.com
2023-04-27 Vlna “Na Zeměploše je nejlepší začít od Smrtě. Pratchettovi vyšla biografie Život v poznámkách pod čarou”[2] mujrozhlas.cz
2023-06-02 Librorum “Terry Pratchett: Una Vida Con Notas al Pie, Rob Wilkins”[3] sons.red
2023-10-02 Reading Room Ruffians “Sir Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes..... In Footnotes..... In Footnotes.....” buzzsprout.com

Other appearances

These episodes feature some significant discussion of the book, but it's not the main focus. (None yet.)

Date Show Episode External link
2023-02-05 nerdfest Podcast "127: This Is The Last Of Us” soundcloud.com
2023-11-29 In Her Good Books “Matthew Perry, Terry Pratchett and Crying Real Tears From Our Eyes”[4] goodbookspodcast.com

External links


  1. In Spanish.
  2. In Czech.
  3. In Spanish.
  4. Also discusses Going Postal.