We’re delighted to report that the final Discworld novel by Sir Terry Pratchett, The Shepherd’s Crown, has rocketed straight to the #1 spot in Nielsen BookScan’s chart, selling 52,846 copies in its first week. This is Sir Terry’s tenth British Number One, and a wonderfully fitting tribute to the beloved writer’s final work.
Fans queued from midnight to buy their copies of the book at a series of special launches around the UK, and in countries including Dubai, Malaysia, Australia and Sweden. Hailed as a ‘magnificent sign-off’ by the Daily Telegraph and a ‘funny, fearless farewell’ by the Daily Mail, The Shepherd’s Crown has already garnered an outpouring of love and admiration from fans and critics.
The Shepherd’s Crown is the fifth Discworld novel to feature young witch Tiffany Aching. Previous titles in the sequence include: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight.
Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s division, commented, “We are extremely proud to publish the long-awaited final novel in the Discworld series. The Shepherd’s Crown is an incredibly special book and it is a real privilege to share and celebrate Terry’s last work with his fans. We cannot think of a more fitting way to honour the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett.”