Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature
Arise, Sir Discworld
Terry Pratchett has admitted he's "flabbergasted" to be awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the New Year Honours list.
The 60-year-old Discworld scribe told the BBC: "There are times when phrases such as 'totally astonished' just don't do the job. I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted."
Sir Terry was last year diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, describing the news as "an embuggerance". He subsequently donated £500,000 to the UK's Alzheimer's Research Trust, and the campagining organisation's chief exec, Rebecca Wood, said today: “Terry promised to ‘scream and harangue’ about dementia research. He did much more than that: he became a voice for the 700,000 people in the UK who live with dementia but cannot shout so loudly. Dementia research is still vastly under-funded, but this is changing thanks to Terry’s incredible work.”
Neil Hunt of the Alzheimer's Society chipped in with: "I would like to congratulate Terry on this fantastic and well-deserved achievement. Terry is not only a successful author and well-loved public figure; he is also playing a key role in fighting the misunderstanding and stigma surrounding dementia."
Another notable on Her Maj's roll of honour is Led Zep frontman Robert Plant, who can now add CBE to his name. The Beeb has more laureates here. ®
Didn't you know? His coat of arms design is in jet black, on a sable shield.
Excellent news, well deserved and a tribute to a top writer!
Met him twice...
And on the second occasion, approx a year or so after the first, he remembered my name and the book I got signed the first time. Even asked how the dog was doing (I'd just got a dog the first time, which was why I was replacing Sourcery on that occasion....). Of course, the response had to be "BAD DOG!!!" (a slightly-chewed coconut Quality Street to anyone who can name the book & character....)
That, folks, whether you like his writing or not, is the mark of a true gentleman. IMO, Good Omens is, partly due to the sheer brilliance, and partly due to it being a collaboration with one of my other favourite authors, amongst the top 3 of my all-time favourites, and he makes quite a few other appearances in my top 50.
Well done, Sir Terry. I'll cook up some old boots & mud for a celebratory feast!