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Happy Birthday Terry Pratchett (and the Discworld)!

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Happy Birthday to Terry Pratchett, who turns 65 today. Before the advent of JK Rowling and Harry Potter, Terry was the singlemost bestselling living author in the UK, and is the only author to have gotten a map into the number one bestseller slot. Despite suffering from a rare form of Alzheimers that leaves him unable to type, Terry continues to produce novels via dictation and word-recognition software, and recently started a collaborative series of novels with Steven Baxter.

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April also marks the 30th anniversary of his best known works, the Discworld series, set on a flat world which sails through space on the back of a giant turtle. What started as a gentle parody of traditionally fantasy works like Fitz Leiber and Robert E Howard has, over the years, become more of a mirror to our own world, and the humour has only gotten better and better. The fortieth book in the series (yes, that’s four-zero) is due out later this year.

Many happy returns to Terry and the Disc!

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Tom Wolfe’s Birthday

Happy birthday to Tom Wolfe, prolific American author probably best known for The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. He celebrates his 82nd birthday today, and is still writing. Many happy returns, Tom!

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February 9th: Brendan Behan born

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Happy Birthday to Brendan Behan, Ireland’s finest professional drinker and sometimes writer and poet, born in 1923, and died at the young age of 41.

A couple of stories regarding Brendan: When visiting Canada, a reporter asked him “What brings you to Canada, Mr Behan?”

He replied “Well now, I was in a bar in Dublin and it had one of those coasters, and it said “Drink Canada Dry,” so I thought I’d give it a shot.”

The second regards the time that Behan offered to write a slogan for the Guinness company if they would send him a few crates of the stout for inspiration.

The next day, the advertisers from Guinness returned to find the crates empty, surrounded by bits of crumpled paper, and he said “I’ve got it: ‘Guinness makes you drunk.'”

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