Raising Steam (Discworld #40)
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Everybody wanted the railway close, oh yes please, but not so close that they could hear it or smell it'It's only in dictatorships that the trains run on time. Everywhere else, signal failures, leaves on the line, the wrong type of snow and the wrong type of sunlight make departure and arrival times just a nice, idealistic theory. So when it becomes a matter of life and death to get a train somewhere on time, the odds don't look good - especially if that somewhere is a completely new destination. The only thing that upsets people more than railway delays, after all, is building more railway. Past their back gardens. And some of those people will go to extremesto stop locomotion in its tracks... 'British fiction's most brilliant satire on contemporary life' Telegraph'The most serious of comedies, the most relevant and real of fantasies...at once hilariously cynical and idealistically practical'Independent
The new Discworld novel from Britain's number one bestselling writer sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.
"Laugh-out-loud funny...A chuffing wonderful book." SFX "Terry Pratchett's creation is still going strong after 30 years as Ankh-Morpork branches into the railway age...There are sly nods to the history of railways and a cheeky reference to The Railway Children. Most aficionados, however, will be on the look-out for in-jokes and references from previous novels - of which there is no shortage...It is at the level of the sentence that Pratchett wins his fans." The Times "The genius of Pratchett is that he never goes for the straight allegory...he remains one of the most consistently funny writers around; a master of the stealth simile, the time-delay pun and the deflationary three-part list...I could tell which of my fellow tube passengers had downloaded it to their e-readers by the bouts of spontaneous laughter." -- Ben Aaronovitch The Guardian
Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob