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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents | Terry Pratchett
One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town. They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money. The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets.... Set in Terry Pratchett's widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world's most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper -- or rats -- the same way again!
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Robotswithpersonality
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Pratchett was not afraid to put the tough questions, the concept of corruption/fraud and the messy complexity of (functioning?) society in front of a younger audience. For the fellow vegans and the animal lovers: there are some rough spots. Maurice is a less sympathetic conman than Moist was in Going Postal, but he redeems himself marvelously. Malicia is a work in progress. The climax was action-packed, then moving, and the resolution was clever.

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Robotswithpersonality
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"...in fairy-tales, when someone dies... it's just a word."

For all that this is the first 'for young adults' Discworld book I've read, it's not pulling any punches.

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Robotswithpersonality
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🤨😔

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claudiuo
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Another standalone funny and really great Terry Pratchett novel that I enjoyed quite a lot. I've seen comments that it is really not a Discworld novel at all but The City Watch was mentioned so that is good enough for me to make it part of Discworld. A pick!
As a side note, when I submitted my November bookspin list I had Last Light on it but as soon as I started it I found out it was not my kinda read so replaced it with this one.
#BookSpinBingo

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks I found out that the bingo is really helping me read more every month so again, thank you so much for all you do! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!!! 12mo
SolaRaynor I love Terry Pratchett's books :) 12mo
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DrexEdit
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Hey #OokBookClub! Did you know that The Amazing Maurice was going to be a movie? I didn't either until just now. Maurice will be voiced by Hugh Laurie, which I think is perfect. Nobody does exasperation better! 😄

IMDB lists it as “in production“ so I'll bet this is coming out in 2022.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10473036/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3

#abookandamovie

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MayJasper
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The trickster Amazing Maurice is a fit for a #musical character.
#MayCharacters Day 31
Thank you so much @Eggs and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
It's been fun thinking about the characters in books I read 😊

GingerAntics Oh, this would be AWESOME as musical theatre!!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!!! 2y
Eggs Thank you for joining in this month!!❤️💗❤️ Hope you‘ll play in June 🥳 2y
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rwmg
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The Discworld's version of the Pied Piper of Hamlin was unexpectedly creepy and at one point did bring a tear to my eye.

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rwmg
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If you don‘t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else‘s story.

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rwmg
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RATS! They chased the dogs and bit the cats, they — But there was more to it than that.

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julesG
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Hello friends! Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as a spoiler. Find The Amazing Maurice post & tap "show me" on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag each other & we'll jump in to discuss with you. Feel free to chat about anything!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyRead

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julesG
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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents! Feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyRead

GingerAntics I seem to be in the minority with this one, in that I loved this book. I thought it was adorable. It seems most people think it‘s not as good as the rest of the Discworld books. 2y
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julesG I think it's a solid YA book set on Discworld. Pratchett did a good job writing YA. 2y
GingerAntics @julesG yes this is certainly for a younger audience than the previous discworld books. From some of the reviews I‘ve read here and elsewhere, people didn‘t like that or maybe they weren‘t expecting a MG/YA book. Maybe I had the advantage going in knowing that. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I certainly would have loved this story as a kid. I loved it now, honestly. 2y
jenniferw88 This is one of the few I've read 😂! Definitely suitable for children - I think I was a young teenager when I read it. It was either a Christmas or birthday present - it would have been chosen because of the cat! 😂 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved it....and I would have loved it as a child too. If only someone had gifted it to me then, it made me think of The Secret of NIMH. 2y
khooliha My brother has a kid who's only 2 at this point, but I'm already planning on giving her a copy of this book. I think this book is great! I think the themes it gets into are really great for kids. 2y
ozma.of.oz @Riveted_Reader_Melissa NIMH! That‘s what this reminded me of! I haven‘t read that story in a while. Thanks! 2y
ozma.of.oz This was one of the few Pratchett books I haven‘t read. I was a little surprised by how much I loved it. I think my favorite part of it was that most of the narration was non-human. I think that was a brilliant twist on this story. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ozma.of.oz You‘re welcome! One of my childhood favorites. I loved the movie too. 2y
DrexEdit I enjoyed this one very much! I‘m thinking of changing my Litsy handle to Dangerous Beans. 😄👍 2y
julesG @DrexEdit That would be cool. 😁 2y
gossamerchild @DrexEdit I love that idea! 2y
gossamerchild I'm not really sure why I didn't enjoy this one that much. I feel like I would've loved it when I was younger. I think maybe because this felt more like a parable or a fable, and those aren't my favorite modes of storytelling. The mice were brilliant though! 2y
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ozma.of.oz
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A retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, mostly from the perspectives of a cat and the rats, all with Pratchett‘s witty humor and insights into human nature.

For being YA, I think this showcases Pratchett‘s talents beautifully. He uses rats (!) to show us what humanity & community & growth can mean. This one I hadn‘t read, and I was not expecting to get so damn emotional over a bunch of rats.

This is definitely going to be a reread. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

ozma.of.oz #OokBOokClub and Happy World Rat Day! 🐀 I swear I didn‘t do this on purpose! 2y
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khooliha

Thinking about Maurice + thinking about Going Postal = catboy Moist
#OokBOokClub #notsorry

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khooliha
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Didn't do my normal dumb posting for #OokBOokClub as I read this because I decided to read it in a day because it definitely takes place in just one day. It's good! I like the learning to be people part showing up in the book for kids - it can be a frustrating, tricky thing to learn and it'd be good to have some rats to be there with you for the process.

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GingerAntics
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This book is an absolute blast. It‘s set in Discworld, but it‘s a much different view of Discworld than we usually get. This is another Pratchett favourite for me. This is pretty much Pratchett‘s take on the talking animals adventure story. He just does it way better because he‘s not trying to be cute, he‘s trying to tell a good story (and he does).

GingerAntics I had a hard time holding myself back on this one, too. I had plenty of time to read a chapter a night and still be done with an extra day to spare, but that timeline didn‘t last long at all. #TerryPratchett #TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents #OokBOokClub #Discworld #SirTerryPratchett @julesG 2y
julesG It's a fast read. 😁 Looking forward to our discussion. 2y
GingerAntics @julesG it was, but well worth it. 2y
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gossamerchild
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Not my favorite #discworld novel. At times I was even bored. However, the ending redeemed it. Maurice is, of course, my favorite 😻😻

#OokBOokclub #pratchettposse

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GingerAntics
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I‘m starting this one a little late, but I‘m always holding myself back to make these last a month, so I‘m not too worried about it. This one sounds really fun, and I love that the review on the cover is Gaiman.
#TerryPratchett #TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents #OokBOokClub #Discworld #SirTerryPratchett @julesG

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This is an excerpt from Terry Pratchett‘s Carnegie Medal acceptance speech that was included in my copy of the book.

I thought this part was worth sharing.

GingerAntics Oh, Sir Terry!!! 💚💚💚 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 2y
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The educated rodents were great, as always Pratchett can tell us so much about the human condition, even when he‘s writing about amazing rodents instead of humans... but a girl who wants to make everything into a story from her books and a cat developing *gasp* feelings for others just pushed this one over the top for me. Hard to believe this was his first YA Discworld novels. He did a great job writing a story for both children & adults.

julesG Like what you did with the picture and cover. 😁 2y
TheSpineView 👍📖📘 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @julesG Thanks... I was looking for a good background picture to go with this book on Vanillapen and happened to see this cat that just looked like Maurice, and when I put in the cover picture it just matched up perfect.... I couldn‘t resist. 2y
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julesG
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#OokBOokClub-ers, our Discworld adventure continues TODAY with #TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents!

Looking forward to our discussion next month!

Happy reading!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyRead

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gossamerchild
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I'm telling you, it's a good thing none of our inside doors had locks on them when I was growing up, because this would have been an intensely effective method for punishing me 😳🤣

#ookbookclub #pratchettposse #amreading

UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2y
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julesG
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#OokBOokClub

Just a friendly reminder that next month we'll be reading #AmazingMaurice! Dig out your books, put in your library holds, or place your orders! The next Discworld adventure continues on March 8th! Woohoo!

If anyone wants to be tagged/untagged for future posts please let me know! Happy to oblige!

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hannah-leeloo
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Ooooh I'm looking forward to this. I love Terry Pratchett and this is a great read, let's hope this feature lives up to the book. @Jackal121 had your favourite too. Anyone else think they'll watch this?

Jackal121 @hannah-leeloo Hugh Laurie will make it great 2y
obviateit I love Hugh Laurie! 🥰 2y
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khooliha
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I quite like this book but here, in late capitalism, I am perturbed by the ending and I don't know if I'm supposed to be or not.

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jenniferw88
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#ManicMonday @JoScho #lettera
Book - tagged
Author - Jane Austen
Movie - Avengers
Band - Abba
Song - American Pie

NeedsMoreBooks Love ABBA! 3y
JoScho Thanks for playing 💕😊 3y
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CarolynM
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I've been lacking inspiration for photo challenges for a while now, and I'm just being obvious here, but I had to chime in for this end of an era. Thanks for the many months of fun, chat, fattening up the TBR and reminding me of some great songs, Cindy. You're #Amazing
#Movember

erzascarletbookgasm Agree! and I have the same idea for today‘s prompt. 3y
Cinfhen I‘m so LUCKY to have had these months/ years(❣️❣️) of daily chats ~ YOU‘VE added so MUCH to my TBR and overall happiness xx THANK YOU 😘 3y
JennyM ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Cathythoughts Nice pic ! I was thinking of this one too as my fathers name was Maurice 👍🏻❤️ 3y
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm 👍 Great minds🙂 3y
CarolynM @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 3y
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Maurice was my grandfather's middle name ❤️ 3y
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emtobiasz
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My fiancé asked me to pick out an #audiobook for our road trip this weekend, and of course I spent hours last night poking around my library‘s catalog and got paralyzed by choice ? I ended up checking out these two from #Hoopla: a stand-alone Discworld novel and a nonfiction history of a woman who made monsters for Hollywood movies. I‘m open to suggestions though!

TieDyeDude The Lady from the Black Lagoon (in audio) has so far been my favorite book this year! 3y
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Deifio
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Okay, so my husband recommended this ages ago. And I started the ebook but just couldn't get into it at the time. Now I've listened to the audio and it was such a fun read!
Stephen Briggs is an amazing narrator. I love all his Terry Pratchett audiobooks.

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Deifio
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Finished my first amigurumi while on holiday in Croatia. Almost finished listening to Amazing Maurice. Such a fun book!

And if anyone has any suggestions for amigurumi websites or books, please recommend!

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Deifio
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Oiling the wood for the balcony and listening to some Terry Pratchett. I don't know why but I didn't like the book to read, but as audio I really love it!

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Minervasbutler
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This one is classed as "YA" Discworld, which is a bit odd as it doesn't seem any more or less adult than Pratchett's usual stuff. It's great, anyway. Maurice is a cat, and together with his rat associates has been running the Pied Piper scam in various towns on the Discworld. We also get Malicia Grim, grandniece of the famous fairytale-writing Grim Sisters and excerpts from the adventures of Mr Bunnsy and his friends of Furry Bottom. Great.

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Lol

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gradcat Yaaasss! I love this! 😻 3y
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Verity
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Not my favourite Pratchett but still a lot of fun. A Discworld twist on the Pied Piper myth.

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Verity
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Finally treating myself to one of the last Discworld books I haven‘t read. #gnuterrypratchett

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Booksbymybed
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Another lovely Discworld read!

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PeanutButterPie
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Found in the 7 year old‘s school.bag

ju.ca.no Haha good one!😂 4y
julesG This so cute and nerdy! 😍 4y
BookishTrish Ha! I just screen shot this to send you and then realized it was you posting 😂 4y
PeanutButterPie @BookishTrish that‘s awesome. @julesg I‘m endeavouring to raise cute nerds. The best part is how sincere and honest her tone of voice when she was describing why she made the discworld tge heaviest thing in the world 4y
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Just started this gem tonight and absolutely love it so far! It's hilarious! I love Maurice (even though he's a little bit of a stinker) and all his 'educated' rats! Pratchett was truly a god among men! 🤗

DaveGreen7777 Dat cover!!! 😍 4y
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 Right?!?! 😀 4y
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Megara
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That feel when you find an #inscribed Terry Pratchett for $5.39 at a #used bookstore in a small town in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. #signed

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Moray_Reads
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For a long time I avoided the YA Discworld books, why? Because I'm A CRAZY PERSON. I honestly believed Terry Pratchett's writing wouldn't translate into children's books, again CRAZY PERSON. I love the Tiffany Aching books and this is brilliant too. Silly, funny, wise, angry, darker than I expected and just hugely enjoyable

elkeOriginal Yes, you = crazy. His YA are awesome! 4y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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#Twilight isn‘t just the book series about sparkly vampires and a time of evening, it‘s also a move toward the end. #Quotsy #QuotsyMay18 #LitsyQuoteChallenge

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Magslhalliday
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Just read all of this aloud to my 7yo daughter, who absolutely loved it. And it gets me every time.

Buffy the actual cat was less fussed. #catsofLitsy

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ardismargrethe
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A story told through a cat eyes, a clever and selfish cat making new and smal friends through his adventures

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Cathythoughts
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#septembowie #amazing @Marchpane @Cinfhen this pic is over 25 yrs old. It's my Dad , the #amazing Maurice with my little daughter. I gave him this book for his birthday once when he was alive & he was an amazing Maurice ❤️I don't know what little book they have there, Happy Days

Cinfhen Lovely photo ❤️#bookmemories 5y
Marchpane Beautiful 💕💕 5y
batsy ❤️❤️ 5y
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Libby1 ❤️ 5y
TrishB Lovely ❤ 5y
Louise What a precious moment is captured in that photo! Heartwarming! 😍 5y
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Louise thankyou Ladies ❤️ (edited) 5y
rohit-sawant ❤❤ 5y
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant ❤️ 5y
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Magslhalliday
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Watched 'Terry Pratchett: Back in Black' last night. "It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life." Cried. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04rmt5j

TheLondonBookworm So good 😭😭😭 6y
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Wish I'd gotten to meet him more than once. #SirTerryPratchett

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Terry Pratchett gets readers.