Penguin Random House Children’s will this summer publish a second collection of short stories from Terry Pratchett.
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner, like the first volume Dragon’s at Crumbling Castle, features 14 stories written by Pratchett when he was a young man. The book will again be illustrated by Mark Beech.
PRH Children’s acquired the world rights from Colin Smythe of Colin Smyth Ltd.
PRH Children's m.d. Francesca Dow said: “Dragons at Crumbling Castle engaged a new generation of Terry Pratchett fans, and we are delighted to be building on this success by publishing a second collection of Terry’s fantastically funny stories. Once you’ve read Pratchett, you love Pratchett – and our mission is to inspire even more young readers with his wonderful stories.”
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner will be published on 25th August in hardback, priced at £12.99. PRH will also release a collector’s edition with bonus stories and a critical commentary to accompany each story, with price to be announced.
Pratchett died after battling posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), a type of Alzheimer’s, in March last year. His last novel, The Shepherd's Crown (Doubleday Children's) was published in the following August, shooting straight to the top of the children's book chart, as well as the overall top 50.