Terry Pratchett: Those of us with dementia need a little help from our friends

May 22nd, 2014

Terry writes for The Guardian about writing with dementia, and society’s marginalisation of those with the condition.

‘A few years ago, my novel Dodger took the reader back to times long gone to meet famous names of fact and fiction, and brought them together on a journey – ultimately – of chivalry. Enduring danger and peril, they chase a woman who needs saving and do their best to protect her. In the book, Dodger (who is based on Dickens’s masterful portrayal of the original Artful Dodger) gets into a number of scrapes for Simplicity’s sake. As a reward, we see him climb the social ladder of acceptance until, by the end of the book, he is honoured and revered.

Without appearing a curmudgeon, I worry that such kindness could be a thing of the past. As you may already know, I live with dementia. ‘

Read the full article here.

Comments for: Terry Pratchett: Those of us with dementia need a little help from our friends

  1. jose says:

    Greetings sir terry
    I hope you are well before this insidious disease and who will not desire more.
    sir terry much encouragement and a lot of strength for you and yours

  2. LilyKat says:

    Thanks for hanging in there, milord.
    Hugs if welcome, smiles if otherwise,
    a Portland, Or, pixie

  3. Dan says:

    I am writing in regards to a program I saw in relation to Google digitising all books.
    I see that Terry Pratchett’s books are also listed. I have talked to my other favourite author about this and have posted a reply.


    I wondered if this affects you and would love to have your input into my comment. I was hoping to send you a copy before I posted it but it seems to have posted itself.

    May the Turtle always turn hubwards
    your Devoted Reader and friend

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