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Sir Terry Pratchett

Creator of the Discworld Series

Sir Terry Pratchett OBE is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He was diagnosed with rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007 and has since spoken out about the disease as well as his desire to see assisted dying legalised in the UK. Sir Terry is a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

Memo After a Day Talking to the Media About Assisted Dying

As I understand the guidelines from the Director of Public Prosecutions, a spouse or even a family friend can assist somebody to die if they act out of compassion and love as far as these can be ascertained. Journalists seem to think this is a great concession which we should be happy with. I am not. All that is being tentatively offered means that amateurs will try to help other amateurs to die with, heaven help us, such mechanisms and drugs that they can get hold of. Frankly this is no better than suicide itself.
06/01/2012 23:12 GMT