Waterstones Piccadilly will later this month host a midnight opening to mark the publication of Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown (Penguin Random House).
During the event, which will take place on the evening of 26th August (leading into publication on the 27th) fans will be able to get a copy of the new book as well as hear a reading from Pratchett’s friend and business manager Rob Wilkins.
Waterstones is only making 200 tickets available, going on sale online from Monday 10th August at noon. Fans can buy a £10 ticket, which includes entry and a copy of The Shepherd’s Crown, or a £35 ticket, which gets them an exclusive Waterstones slipcase edition of the book plus a goody bag. All books on the night will be exclusively stamped to mark the occasion.
The ticketed event opens at 10.30pm, although anyone who didn’t manage to buy a ticket can queue from 11.30pm to buy a copy of the book after midnight.
PRH announced the publication of The Shepherd’s Crown, which is about the young witch Tiffany Aching, in April, a month after Pratchett died.
He had been suffering from posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), a type of Alzheimer’s.
After a fan asked her if the book is the final story, she 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.”
The Shepherd’s Crown will be available as a £20 hardback and £11.99 e-book, as well as in audio format (£14.99 for the CD and £7.99 for the digital download).