Tickets for Waterstones Piccadilly’s midnight opening for the launch of Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel The Shepherd’s Crown have sold out, only hours after going on sale.
Publisher Penguin Random House Children’s announced the special event, which will take place on the 26th August, last Friday (7th August), even though tickets only went on sale today at noon.
Fans were given the option to buy a £10 ticket (for entry and a copy of the book) or a £35 ticket (for entry, an exclusive Waterstones slipcase edition of the book and a goody bag). The doors for ticketholders will open 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 in April, a month after Pratchett, who had Alzheimer's, passed away. The book is about the young witch Tiffany Aching, who has appeared in other Discworld novels.
Earlier this month, Transworld released the "private musings of Tiffany Aching", billed as "exclusive deleted scenes" from the Discworld series, in which she muses on witches and Granny Weatherwax, one of Pratchett's other Discworld characters. "She wondered if Granny Weatherwax ever truly slept. She knew that the old woman lay down on a bed quite often, with a square of cardboard affixed to a string around her neck, and it read ‘I Ate’nt Dead’. In fact it meant that granny was letting her mind ride unnoticed in the mind of a bird or of an animal, to keep an eye on what was happening in the world, and on the other hand perhaps it was there to reassure her if she woke up."
The Shepherd’s Crown is currently at 25th position in the Amazon bestseller chart, even though the book won't be released until the end of the month.