Witches Abroad

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Witches Abroad
Cover of the 2022 Penguin paperback edition of Witches Abroad.
2022 Penguin paperback edition; cover design by Leo Nickolls.
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (abridged)
Nigel Planer (unabridged)
Indira Varma (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby; Leo Nickolls
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Preceded byReaper Man 
Followed bySmall Gods 

Witches Abroad is the twelfth Discworld book, and the third in the witches series, the second starring the original coven of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. It also introduces the popular supporting character of Giacomo Casanunda.


First edition (1991)

Be careful what you wish for...

Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unfortunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince.

But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"—even if it means destroying a kingdom.

Corgi paperback (1992)

It seemed an easy job... After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?

But for the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, traveling to the distant city of Genua, things are never that simple...

Servant girls have to marry the prince. That's what life is all about. You can't fight a Happy Ending.

At least - up until now...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2017-08-10 Radio Morpork “Foreign Vacations & Fairytale Vocations” radiomorpork.wordpress.com
2018-10-08 Pratchat “Brooms, Boats and Pumpkinmobiles” pratchatpodcast.com
2019-09-15 The Death of Podcasts “Witches Abroad” aalgar.com
2019-12-15 Desert Island Discworld “Grant Howitt and Witches Abroad” desertislanddiscworld.com
2020-01-28 Wyrd Sisters “Witches Abroad” wyrdsisters.podbean.com
2020-11-24 The Compleat Discography “Witches Abroad” compleatdiscography.page
2020-12-07 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “With Your Boots On” (1/3) thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2020-12-14 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Inverted Zombie” (2/3) thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2020-12-21 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Existential Crisis Fridays” (3/3) thetruthshallmakeyefret.com
2020-11-29 Who Watches the Watch “Die schmutzige Dreißig” (1/3) pinecast.co
2020-12-08 Who Watches the Watch “'Ave a Bananana” (2/3) pinecast.co
2020-12-15 Who Watches the Watch “Internationally Successful Podcast Talkers” (3/3) pinecast.co
2020-05-19 Unseen Academicals “Witches Abroad - Part 1” (1/3) anchor.fm
2020-06-12 Unseen Academicals “Witches Abroad - Part 2” (2/3) anchor.fm
2020-06-19 Unseen Academicals “Witches Abroad - Part 3” (3/3) anchor.fm
2021-12-06 Pterrylog “Allgemeines über SirTerry” (1/?) podigee.io
2021-12-06 Pterrylog “Kapitel 1 oder die Story beginnt” (2/?) podigee.io
2021-12-06 Pterrylog “Kapitel 2 Desideratas Dialog mit dem Tod” (3/?) podigee.io
2021-12-07 Pterrylog “Kapitel 3 Die drei Hexen” (4/?) podigee.io
2021-12-07 Pterrylog “Kapitel 4 Hexen suchen Desideratas Erbe” (5/?) podigee.io
2021-12-07 Pterrylog “Kapitel 5 Ein Spiegel zerbricht” (6/?) podigee.io
2021-12-07 Pterrylog “Kapitel 6 Franzi reicht den Salbei” (7/?) podigee.io
2021-12-11 Pterrylog “Kapitel 7 Ein Hoch auf die PSYKOLOGIE” (8/?) podigee.io
2021-12-18 Pterrylog “Kapitel 8 oder Grüße an Viericks” (9/?) podigee.io
2021-12-24 Pterrylog “Kapitel 9: Es ist kalt auf dem Besen” (10/?) podigee.io
2021-12-31 Pterrylog “Kapitel 10: Alles ist Kürbis” (11/?) podigee.io
2022-01-10 Pterrylog “Kapitel 11: Hexen im Ruderboot” (12/?) podigee.io
2022-01-14 Pterrylog “Kapitel 12: Nasse Hexen und das Wesen der Magie?” (13/?) podigee.io
2022-01-20 Pterrylog “Kapitel 13: Eine unruhige Nacht” (14/?) podigee.io
2022-01-30 Pterrylog “Kapitel 14: Frau Gogols hellseherisches Gumbo” (15/?) podigee.io
2022-01-30 Pterrylog “Kapitel 15: Abschied aus Transsilvanien” (16/?) podigee.io
2022-02-04 Pterrylog “Kapitel 16: Fremde Länder, fremdes Essen.” (17/?) podigee.io
2022-02-06 Pterrylog “Kapitel 17: Mardi Gras” (18/?) podigee.io
2022-03-06 Pterrylog “Kapitel 18: Pokern auf dem Mississippi” (19/?) podigee.io
2022-03-14 Pterrylog “Kapitel 19: Lass das Spiel beginnen!” (20/?) podigee.io
2022-03-19 Pterrylog “Kapitel 20: Die Karten sind gespielt” (21/?) podigee.io
2022-01-20 Fiction Fans “Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett” fictionfanspodcast.com
2022-02-16 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Witches Abroad” fireside.fm
2022-03-03 Disc Coverers “Witches Abroad” anchor.fm
2023-08-09 The Disc-Course "Podcasting is a Witches' Sabbat" (1/?) acast.com
2023-08-24 The Disc-Course “Greebo Eats a Vampire” (2/?) acast.com
2023-11-07 I’ve Never Read Discworld “Book 12. Witches Abroad” spotify.com

Other appearances

These are episodes of podcasts which feature significant discussion of the book, but it isn't the main focus of the discussion.

Date Show Episode External link
2023-07-17 The Turtle Reads “HR Ladies Abroad” captivate.fm


  • There are three audiobook editions of Witches Abroad: Tony Robinson reads the Corgi abridged version, Nigel Planer narrated the first unabridged audiobook for Isis, and Indira Varma is the narrator of the unabridged Penguin audiobook, which also features Bill Nighy reading the footnotes and Peter Serafinowicz as the voice of Death.

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