A brand new collection of short stories by Terry Pratchett titled The Time Traveling Caveman will finally be published in September. They were written in the 60s and 70s, when Pratchett was a journalist, and they’ve never been published in book form, although they’ve appeared in newspapers like Bucks Free Press and Western Daily Press.
In true whimsical Pratchett form, some of the stories contain a steam-powered rocket trip to Mars and a Welsh shepherd discovering the resting place of King Arthur.
The editors of Pratchett’s children’s books, Ruth Knowles and Charles Robinson, immediately jumped on his early works when they heard about it from Pratchett’s agent, Colin Smythe.
There is so much in these stories that shows you the germ of an idea, which would go on to become a fully fledged Terry Pratchett novel, and so much hilarity that we know kids will love. That is what makes the stories so special – they are for kids and adults, and kids who want to be adults, and adults who are still really kids. Which is exactly who a Terry Pratchett book should be for.
Pratchett wrote many beloved books including the fantasy series Discworld and Good Omens with Neil Gaiman, and this new and final edition of his stories should excite and invigorate any and every Pratchett fan.