The Sea and Little Fishes

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The Sea and Little Fishes
by Terry Pratchett
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published inLegends
Once More* *with Footnotes
A Blink of the Screen
Publication typeAnthology
Media typePrint
Publication date1998-08-25
Preceded byLords and Ladies
Followed byCarpe Jugulum

The Sea and Little Fishes” is a Discworld novella (or very long short story) which takes place between the events of Lords and Ladies and Carpe Jugulum. It introduces the character of Mrs. Letice Earwig, and the concept of the “Witch Trials”, as seen on the Discworld. A deleted section from the story, reproduced in A Blink of the Screen, inspired a similar sequence in Carpe Jugulum.


“Modern" witch Mrs Letice Earwig has formed a self-appointed committee to take charge of this year’s Witch Trials, and one of their first acts is to visit Granny Weatherwax and ask her not to enter. After all, she always wins. But the trouble really starts when Granny agrees...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this story.

Date Show Episode External link
2021-01-08 Pratchat "All the Fun of the...Fish?"
2022-11-07 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret "Like a Cannonball-in-the-Wind"
2022-12-04 Desert Island Discworld "Kat Brown and The Sea and Little Fishes"

Other appearances

These episodes feature significant discussion of the story, but it’s not their main focus.

Date Show Episode External link
2023-04-12 Word Less “#22: The Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett”[1]
2023-10-16 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “A Hat Full of Sky (and The Sea and Little Fishes)”

External links


None yet.


  1. Discussion of “The Sea and Little Fishes” begins at around the 20 minute mark.