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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents 

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (2001)
(Book 28 in the Discworld series)
A novel by Terry Pratchett

 
Awards
Carnegie Medal
Interview with Terry Pratchett about The Amazing Maurice



1. What did you read when you were in your teens?

I started out, as so many do, by reading all the sf I could get my hands on. And (as also happens a lot, although it's seldom acknowledge) the interest in reading that sf had awakened let me to read my way through the whole of the local public library. The one thing I didn't read in my teens was books for teens.

2. What first put the idea into your head that you would rewrite the story of the Pied Piper?

I came up with the book title a long time ago, and it became just a one-line gag in an adult Discworld book. Then one day I just sat down and thought had about it and, being me, got hold of every book about rats I could find. I thought it was going to be a simple little fun story that'd take me a couple of months to write. Boy, was I wrong...

3. Discworld plots are fast, furious and knotty! When you begin writing, do you know where your going, or do you have to let Discworld take control and see where it takes you?

I'm not sure about the 'furious and knotty'! And the answer deserves with one sentence or an essay. I'll try to summarise it like this: writing, for me, is a little like wood carving. You find the lump of tree (the big central theme that gets you started) and you start cutting the shape that you think you want it to be. But you find, if you do it right, that the wood has a grain of its own (characters develop and present new insights, concentrated thinking about the story opens newavenues) and if you're sensible you work with the grain and, if you come across a knot hole, you incorporate that into the design. A lot of things in Maurice 'weren't there' when I started; it'd be more true to say, though, that they were there, inherent in the basic story outline, and emerged as I worked through draft Zero, the one I write for myself to tell me how the story goes.

This is not the same as 'making it up as you go along'; it's a very careful process of control.

4. "There's no subtext, no social commentary," complains Malicia about "Mr Bunnsy." Fantasy is often thought of as escapism, but is it escapism with a firm root in reality?

Well, Malicia is a very knowing girl. She reads a lot. She's aware of the things we try to foist on kids via their reading. Fantasy IS escapism, but wait...why is this wrong? What are you escaping from, and where are you escaping to? Is the story opening windows or slamming doors? The British author G K Chesterton summarised the role of fantasy very well. He said its purpose was to take the everyday, commonplace world and lift it up and turn it around and show it to us from adifferent perspective, so that *once again* we see it for the first time and realise how marvellous it is. Sure, there's a lot of rubbish produced for kids, usually in order to get them to buy themerchandising, but fantasy per se -- the ability to envisage this world in many different ways -- is one of the skills that makes us human.

5. As a writer, do you spend too much time in Discworld to really enjoy other writers' fantasy worlds, or are there other favorite worlds that you enjoy escaping to?

To paraphrase Captain James T. Kirk: no, I live in this world, I only *work* in Discworld! I do read enough to keep up with the genre but, in truth, a great deal of my reading these days if either non-fiction or right outside the genre, which is as it should be.

6. 'Maurice' is set in Discworld, which has already seen 26 adult books, yet it's aimed at a younger market. Why?

In truth, it's aimed in theory at older children but in reality I'm quire sure that a lot of the adult readers will buy it. I already have quite a lot of cross-over readers, and I have written seven independent childrens/YA titles.

A lot of authors who have created a successful series tend, eventually, to franchise it. I've franchise DW, but to myself: I've decided to try new things with it. 'Maurice' is 'canonical' with the adult series -- it's clearly in the same world -- but writing it specifically for children offers me new challenges and opportunities. One of them was to work harder on a book than I've ever worked before!

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : Library Binding
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 1435232771 / 9781435232778
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-08-11
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May 2005 : Hardback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0753173891 / 9780753173893 (UK edition)
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February 2004 : Hardback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (New Windmills)
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ISBN: 0435131001 / 9780435131005 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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May 2003 : Library Binding
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0613657578 / 9780613657570 (USA edition)
Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc.
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May 2003 : Hardback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0756914582 / 9780756914585 (USA edition)
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November 2002 : Hardback
Title: The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents (Discworld, #28)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0552550051 / 9780552550055 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dump list
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November 2001 : Hardback
Title: THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS
Author(s): TERRY PRATCHETT
ISBN: 0385601239 / 9780385601238 (USA edition)
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November 2001 : Hardback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0060012331 / 9780060012335 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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November 2001 : Library Binding
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 006001234X / 9780060012342 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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Paperback Editions

April 2004 : Paperback
Title: Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents: Discworld Novel 28 (Discworld Novels)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 055255202X / 9780552552028 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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August 2011 : Paperback
Title: Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (A & C Black Musicals)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett, Matthew Holmes
ISBN: 1408145634 / 9781408145630 (UK edition)
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
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May 2011 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents: (Discworld Novel 28) (Discworld Novels)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0552562920 / 9780552562928 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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May 2003 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0060012358 / 9780060012359 (USA edition)
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June 2008 : Paperback
Title: Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents (Discworld Novels)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 055215783X / 9780552157834 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Books
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February 2006 : Paperback
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0753173905 / 9780753173909 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Paperbacks
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April 2003 : Paperback
Title: Oxford Playscripts: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Oxford Modern Playscripts)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs
ISBN: 0198314949 / 9780198314943 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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November 2002 : Paperback
Title: The Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0552546933 / 9780552546935 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday UK
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Audio Editions

November 2013 : Audio CD
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld Series, Book 28)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 1482968622 / 9781482968620
Publisher: HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio
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November 2013 : Audio CD
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 1482968614 / 9781482968613
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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October 2003 : Audio CD
Title: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents: (Discworld Novel 28) (Discworld Novels)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0552151424 / 9780552151429 (UK edition)
Publisher: RHCP Audio
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October 2001 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0552149241 / 9780552149242 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
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January 2002 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0753113147 / 9780753113141 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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January 2002 : Audio CD
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: 0753114062 / 9780753114063 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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2001 : Audio CD
Title: The Amazing Maurice And his Educated Rodents: by Terry Pratchett (Unabridged Audiobook MP3 CD)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
ISBN: 0753140551 / 9780753140550 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld Book 28)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: B000YGIIPO
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 2008 : Kindle edition
Title: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents: (Discworld Novel 28) (Discworld Novels)
Author(s): Terry Pratchett
ISBN: B0038AUYAU
Publisher: RHCP Digital
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