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A “fitting” tribute to legendary author Sir Terry Pratchett was revealed at Beaconsfield Library today.
A commemorative plaque, unveiled by Sir Terry’s daughter Rhianna, now sits proudly outside the library where the fantasy writer was a Saturday boy and returned to give talks.
Beaconsfield Town Council has been hoping to install the plaque since after his death two years ago.
Ms Pratchett, who is an award-winning scriptwriter, story designer and narrative paramedic, spoke to the Bucks Free Press about the honour, saying it was “wonderful” to see her dad commemorated at the library where “the Terry Pratchett was born”.
She said: “He’s always loved libraries, and librarians, a lot so it’s very, very fitting.
“It feels like even more significant than having it, say, in the house that he was born in.
“This is where he got his education, where the ideas, the interest in the world and the love of reading took off.”
Born in Beaconsfield and educated at John Hampden Grammar School in High Wycombe, Sir Terry went on to become a reporter at the Free Press before going on to make a name for himself as an author.
In his speech, Rob Wilkins, MD of the Pratchett Estate, thanked the people of Beaconsfield for the Terry Pratchett “we all knew and loved” because “this is where all the seeds of all of those stories began”.
Dozens of people turned out to the unveiling, including a couple from Swansea who describe themselves as ‘superfans’ of Sir Terry and have been reading his books for more than 25 years.
Rachel Rowlands, who was dressed as Queen of the Elves from the Discworld series, and partner Jason Anthony, spoke to the Free Press, saying anything that celebrated the author was “a wonderful thing”.
Ms Rowlands said: “He needs to be celebrated.
“He changed my life. Three years ago, because of the Discworld fandom, I met this wonderful gentleman [Jason] and we fell in love and are getting married in a big Discworld wedding.”
Beaconsfield Mayor cllr Patrick Hogan spoke about Sir Terry's writing, saying the Discworld series was “in the realm of imagination”.
He said: “Writing from an early age, Terry honed his skills in journalism where words are used succinctly to encapsulate and describe real world events as well as minutiae.
“However his famous Discworld books are in the realm of imagination achieving worldwide success and recognition as well as here in Beaconsfield.”
Speaking about growing up with her father, Ms Pratchett, who studied journalism at university, said he instilled a love of books and reading into her from an early age.
She said: “I spent a lot of time in the library reading and I was always reading library books up trees.
“It’s wonderful to see his legacy continuing long after his death.
“The ripples he left in the world – one of the quotes from his book was ‘a man is not dead while his name is still spoken’, and it feels like he’s very much alive and present in the world.”
She said the family will remember Sir Terry on Sunday (March 12), the date of his death, “with good food and alcohol – as he would have wanted”.