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The cover of the Collector's Library edition of Thud!
Collector's Library hardcover edition
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi);
Stephen Briggs (Isis)
Jon Culshaw (Penguin)
Cover artistPaul Kidby
Release number
Sub-seriesThe Watch
Publication date
Preceded byGoing Postal 
Followed byWintersmith 

Thud! is the thirty-fourth Discworld novel, and the seventh (and penultimate) one to star Sam Vimes and the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. It expanded on both dwarf and, most notably, troll culture. The book also lampoons aspects of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code and introduces a new member of the Watch, the vampire Sally von Humpeding, and the hugely popular concept of the Summoning Dark.


‘Some people would be asking: whose side are you on? If you're not for us, you're against us. Huh. If you're not an apple, you're a banana’

Koom Valley, where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls, was a long time ago.

But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

Oh . . . and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read 'Where's My Cow?', with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy.

There are some things you have to do.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2018-11-06 Dragon Babies “Thud!, by Terry Pratchett”
2020-06-09 Radio Morpork “Ace Of Clubs”
2020-12-06 Desert Island Discworld “Patrick Rothfuss and Thud!”
2021-06-15 The Death of Podcasts “Thud!”
2021-12-28 Wyrd Sisters “Thud!”
2022-08-14 Desert Island Discworld “Kelli Butler and Thud!”
2022-10-25 The Compleat Discography “Thud!”
2022-12-05 Pratchat “What Terry Wrote”
2023-10-08 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Whomst Among Us” (1/3)
2023-10-15 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Flammable Rhododendrons” (2/3)
2023-10-22 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Recursive Watchmen” (3/3)

Other appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2023-01-08 Pratchat “Decline by Committee”[1]


  • It might seem like the board game Thud is adapted from the book, but in fact the game precedes it and served as inspiration for the novel.
  • Some ideas from Thud! were used as inspiration for the BBC America series The Watch, especially the episode “The Dark in the Dark”, which imagines a very different version of the Summoning Dark.

External links


  1. This episode primarily discusses “A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices”, but revisits Thud! to answer more listener questions about the book.