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Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six* year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel, one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns and footnotes! Episodes released on the 8th of each month (Australian time); check pratchatpodcast.com and the end of each episode for notice of the next book, and send in questions to us via Twitter or Facebook! The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coarse language.



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Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six* year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel, one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns and footnotes! Episodes released on the 8th of each month (Australian time); check pratchatpodcast.com and the end of each episode for notice of the next book, and send in questions to us via Twitter or Facebook! The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coarse language.



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    Episode 28 – All Our Base Are Belong to You

    Episode 28 – All Our Base Are Belong to You

    Players Liz, Ben and guest Steve Lamattina press start and blast away at Pratchett's 1992 novel of kids, war and videogames, Only You Can Save Mankind - the first to feature Johnny Maxwell and friends.

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Episode 27 – Leshp Miserablés

    Episode 27 – Leshp Miserablés

    In episode 27, Liz and Ben are joined by guest writer and psychologist-in-training Craig Hildebrand-Burke to discuss the depressingly relevant yet uplifting 1997 Discworld novel of war and prejudice, Jingo.



    Jingo sees the Watch swell in size, gives a great deal of airtime to the Patrician, and also shines the spotlight on the Disc's greatest inventor, Leonard of Quirm! And of course we spend more time in Klatch, now inspired more by Lawrence of Arabia than Arabian Nights. It's a story of nationalism, racism and war - both of the regular kind, and between the classes. Jingo was not only still relevant when we recorded this, but has suddenly and awfully become more relevant since. Can Pratchett help us do away with ideas of Us and Them? Can he flesh out the previously cartoony city/nation/continent of Klatch? And how great are submarines? Use the hashtag #Pratchat27 on social media to join the conversation!

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    Episode 26 – The Long Dark Mr Teatime of the Soul

    Episode 26 – The Long Dark Mr Teatime of the Soul

    In episode 26, Michael Williams of The Wheeler Centre joins Liz and Ben to get into the holiday spirit with the very Christmassy 1996 Discworld novel Hogfather.







    It's Hogswatch, and the Assassins Guild of Ankh-Morpork has accepted a very unusual assignment, and Lord Downey has given it to the very unusual assassin Mr Teatime. But who would want to kill the Hogfather? And how would you even accomplish such a thing? As Death fills in for the Fat Man delivering presents, his granddaughter Susan is reluctantly drawn to investigate, teaming up with the newly created Oh God of Hangovers. But much more than the joy of children is at stake - for without the Hogfather, will the sun even rise tomorrow?







    Hogfather brings to life a character previously mentioned only in passing rather paradoxically by replacing him with Death, who gets a sort of working holiday. It's our second and final adventure with Susan, and the wizards get heavily involved - as does their arcane thinking machine Hex. It's full of not-quite-Christmas cheer, black humour, true pathos and a pure expression of many of Terry's most deeply held beliefs. Could this be the ultimate story of Christmas? Do its themes of belief and justice hit the mark? And what kind of creature would you call into existence if there were excess belief sloshing around? Use the hashtag #Pratchat26 on social media to join the conversation and have your say!











    Guest Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. They have a year-round program of talks, interviews, panel discussions, podcasts and writing. Find out more about what's happening at @wheelercentre on Twitter and Instagram, or check out videos of past talks on YouTube. You'll find all the Wheeler Centre's upcoming events at wheelercentre.com, as well as a collection of Michael's writings and events. You can also find Michael on Twitter at @mmccwill.







    The Sci-Fight comedy debate over the topic "Santa is Real" features a great line-up of comedians and scientists, including previous Pratchat guest Nate Byrne (episode 24). It's on at Howler in Brunswick on Thursday December 12, 2019. Details and tickets via scifight.com.au.







    Next month we continue through the Discworld with 1997's Jingo, a tale of nationalism, war, racism and greed, which also has a submarine in it. We'll be recording in the week or so before Hogswa- er, Christmas, so get your questions in via social media using the hashtag #Pratchat27.







    You'll find the full notes and errata for this episode on our web site.







    Want to make sure we get through every Pratchett book? You can support Pratchat for as little as $2 a month and get subscriber bonuses, like the exclusive bonus podcast Ook Club!

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Bonus Episode – The Pratchatters’ Guide to the Night Terrace

    Bonus Episode – The Pratchatters’ Guide to the Night Terrace

    In this bonus mini-episode of Pratchat, Liz asks Ben about Night Terrace, the time travel radio comedy series from Splendid Chaps Productions! Get the lowdown on the characters, hear some excerpts, and find out how or if it connects to the Discworld. Season three of the show is crowdfunding right now; the campaign ends very soon, so get in before November 22 if you want to help it get made!

    • 9 min
    Episode 25 – Eskist Attitudes

    Episode 25 – Eskist Attitudes

    In episode 25, Elizabeth, Ben and Noongar writer and poet Claire G. Coleman go back to the early days of the Discworld to Granny Weatherwax's debut in 1986's Equal Rites.



    Drum Billet, wizard, travels to the village of Bad Ass high in the Ramtop mountains, where at the moment of his death he hands over his wizard's staff to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. But Eskarina Smith isn't the eighth son of anyone, and it falls to the witch Granny Weatherwax to watch over her. As Esk comes into her powers, Granny realises she needs training in the ways of wizardry lest she pose a danger to everyone around her. So the pair set off to distant Ankh-Morpork on a quest to enrol Esk as the first ever female student of Unseen University...



    Equal Rites is a book of contradictions: it doesn't feel quite like the Discworld, but it's vital and beautifully written. It's not full of jokes or footnotes, but is consistently funny. And even after more than thirty years, it feels entirely relevant. Do you recognise Esk's struggle? Did Granny feel like Granny yet? And why did it take so long for Pratchett to revisit some of these characters? Use the hashtag #Pratchat25 on social media to join the conversation and tell us your thoughts!



    Guest Claire G. Coleman's novels are the multi-award winning Terra Nullius, and her new work The Old Lie. She also writes short fiction, poetry and non-fiction and has been published in numerous publications. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @clairegcoleman, or visit her web site, clairegcoleman.com, for more info.



    Next month we're joined by the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, Michael Williams, as we celebrate Hogswatch by discussing - what else? - Hogfather!

    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Episode 24 – Arsenic and Old Clays

    Episode 24 – Arsenic and Old Clays

    In episode 24, weather presenter, meteorologist and science communicator Nate Byrne joins Elizabeth and Ben for a Discworld tale of murder, golems and nobility in 1996's Feet of Clay.



    Two old men have been murdered in Ankh-Morpork, but they're not the worst of Commander Vimes' woes. His best Sergeant is six weeks from retirement; his worst Corporal might be the Earl of Ankh; his newest recruit is an alchemist with some pretty strange ideas for a dwarf; and someone has poisoned the Patrician, though he's damned if he can figure out how. And somehow, the golems are involved...



    Content note: this episode contains brief discussion of (fictional) suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, use the Wikipedia list of crisis lines to find one local to you.



    Following on from Men at Arms (from way back in episode one!), Feet of Clay evolves the Watch - and its leader - even further, and introduces some of Pratchett's most memorable supporting characters: Cheery Littlebottom, Wee Mad Arthur and Dorfl the golem. It gets a bit deep on questions of artificial life, gender expression and identity, and is a heck of a mystery novel to boot. Did you figure out "whatdunnit"? Who's your favourite new character? And what do you think the Pratchat coat of arms and motto should be? Use the hashtag #Pratchat24 on social media to join the conversation and let us know what you think!



    PS - we recorded this just before the casting announcements for The Watch television series, so don't be disappointed when they don't come up! We'll find a place to discuss them in the near future.

    • 2 hrs 14 min

Customer Reviews

Wood Ridings ,

Pratchatt Rocks

I love this podcast! The topic is amazing of course and the interaction between Liz & Ben is always fun, witty and chock a block full of puns. If you love Sir Terry you’ll get a good kick out of this series.

mptskies ,

It’s Pratchat all the way down

Delightful, insightful & a great prompt to remember & re-read these wonderful works (plus, an outrageous quantity of quality puns).

He who must not be typed. ,

'Lots many hours of enjoyment'

Elizabeth, Ben and their guests make excellent guides for revisiting The Disc and it's characters in a podcast as solid as the river Ankh.

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