Terry Pratchett’s daughter has said she does not intend to write any Discworld novels, or give “anyone else permission to do so”.
The legendary fantasy writer died in March this year at the age of 66. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Pratchett finished writing the 41st book of his hugely popular Discworld series in the summer of 2014: The Shepherd’s Crown will be released in the UK in August by Doubleday Children’s.
Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna released a picture of the cover for The Shepherd’s Crown on Twitter, and in response to a fan who asked if it was the “final final” book by her father, confirmed that it would be.
She later added: “To reiterate - No I don't intend on writing more Discworld novels, or giving anyone else permission to do so. They are sacred to dad.”
In another tweet she said: “I will be involved with spin-offs, adaptations and tie-ins, but that's it. Discworld is his legacy. I shall make my own.”
Larry Finlay, m.d. of Pratchett’s publisher Transworld, told The Bookseller: “We are proud to preserve and curate Terry Pratchett’s legacy according to his family’s wishes, and we are thrilled that there is still one more Discworld novel by Terry, The Shepherd’s Crown, to come.”