Terry Pratchett final Discworld book The Shepherd's Crown gets September release date

The fifth novel starring witch Tiffany Aching will reach shelves later this year

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Terry Pratchett's final Discworld book, The Shepherd's Crown, has been given a release date.

The fifth novel featuring headstrong young witch Tiffany Aching will be published in hardback, ebook and audio on 10 September, after the late author finished writing it last summer. There will also be a special collector's edition.

Previous Tiffany Aching stories include The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight.

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House, said it is “a huge privilege” to be publishing The Shepherd's Crown. “Terry's writing is loved and respected the world over and this publication will be an incredibly important and special event for fans and readers everywhere.” News of the book was first announced when Pratchett’s assistant Rob Wilkins read the first chapter to attendees of the Discworld convention last year. Pratchett himself was unable to attend as the early-onset Alzheimer’s disease he called his “embuggerance” was “catching up” with him. He died aged 66 last month.

 Another Pratchett novel, The Long Utopia, will be published in June to complete his catalogue of more than 70 books.

Co-written with sci-fi author Stephen Baxter, the fourth work in The Long Earth series will be set in a universe of infinite parallel Earth’s that characters can travel between simply by stepping.