The Discworld Companion

The Discworld Companion is an encyclopaedia of the Discworld fictional universe, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs.[1] Four editions have been published, under varying titles.

The Discworld Companion
Cover of the first edition
AuthorTerry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs
IllustratorStephen Briggs
Cover artistJosh Kirby
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages288 pp

The Companion contains precise definitions of words, people, places and events that have appeared in at least one Discworld novel, map, diary or non-fiction book, or in one of the three short stories "Troll Bridge", "Theatre of Cruelty", and "The Sea and Little Fishes". Material is often quoted directly from these sources, but, in each successive edition, also includes information that had not yet been worked into the novels. For instance, William de Worde is mentioned in the first edition of the Companion six years before the publication of The Truth, the novel in which he is introduced. At the end of each article is an abbreviation indicating the book(s) in which the word, person, event or place appears, though if there are too many, no abbreviation is used. The book includes an introduction by Stephen Briggs and an interview with Terry Pratchett, both of which have been updated in each edition.

The first edition, published in 1994, contained information from all the novels up to Soul Music as well as the first two short stories. The second edition, published in 1997, added information up to Maskerade. The third edition was published in 2003 under the title The New Discworld Companion. It contains articles based on books up to Night Watch, as well as related books and short stories. The book also contains a ten-page interview with Pratchett under the heading "Discworld Quo Vadis?".

The latest edition of the Companion, published on 18 October 2012, is called Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion ... So Far. It includes information from all the novels up to and including Snuff.[2]

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  1. ^ Clute and Grant 1997, pp. 784-785.
  2. ^ "Turtle Recall by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs cover art reveal, release date, synopsis!". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2012.

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