Thief of Time

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Thief of Time
Cover of the 2013 paperback edition of Thief of Time
2013 paperback edition with cover art by Josh Kirby.
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Stephen Briggs (Isis)
Colin Morgan (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
Release number
Sub-seriesDeath, Susan
Publication date
Preceded byThe Truth 
Followed byThe Last Hero 

Thief of Time is the twenty-sixth Discworld novel, the fifth and last of the “Death” series starring Death and Susan Sto Helit as major characters. It is also notable for being the last to have the original cover painted by Josh Kirby, who died the same year it was published.


Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. You mess with it at your peril. You can let it move fast or slowly but what you mustn't do is allow it to stop.

The Monks of History have the glamorous job of time management in the Discworld. They store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

But with the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time begins for History monk for Lu Tze and his suspiciously talented apprentice Lobsang Ludd.

Because a truly accurate clock will stop time.

And when time stands still, everything in human existence stops with it. Then, there really is no future.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2019-05-24 Radio Morpork “Chocolate-Proof Monk”
2020-11-15 The Death of Podcasts “Thief of Time”
2021-04-28 Wyrd Sisters “Thief of Time”
2021-05-16 Desert Island Discworld “Rachael Stott and Thief of Time”
2021-10-08 Pratchat “Lu-Tze in the Sky with Lobsang”
2022-02-22 The Compleat Discography “Thief of Time”
2022-09-11 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Malignancy with Sparklers” (1/3)
2022-09-18 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “What the Cuttlefish Sees” (2/3)
2022-09-25 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Yoghurt Where There Shouldn't Be” (3/3)
2022-11-13 Who Watches the Watch "Ballgasm Autumn” (1/3)
2023-01-04 Who Watches the Watch “Podcast Flavour Crisps” (2/3)
2023-01-29 Who Watches the Watch “We’re the Clock Destroyers” (3/3)
2022-11-30 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Thief of Time (and Death and What Comes Next)”
2023-04-19 Unseen Academicals “Thief of Time, Part 1: What's in a Name?” (1/3)
2023-06-24 Unseen Academicals “Thief of Time, Part 2: Literary Links” (2/3)
2023-07-02 Unseen Academicals “Thief of Time, Part 3: About Time” (3/3)
2023-09-14 Fiction Fans “Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett”

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
2016-06-30 The Pratchett Podcast “EPISODE44”
2023-02-27 The Turtle Reads “Thief of Time versus ADHD”[1]

External links


  1. Links directly to the media file; The Turtle Reads’ website contains only links to Spotify and the RSS feed.