The fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett, who has sold more than 55 million books worldwide and had his works translated into 33 languages is knighted.
Fantasy novelist, Terry Pratchett, who has sold more than 55 million books worldwide and had his works translated into 33 languages, has been knighted. Photo: PA
Pratchett, 60, who started his career as a regional newspaper reporter, is known for his Discworld series of novels which are set in a parallel universe supported on the back of four elephants that stand on the shell of a giant turtle.
Now living near Salisbury, Wiltshire, Pratchett shocked his fans when he announced last December he had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. He has since campaigned to raise awareness of the disease and improve research funding.
Pratchett said: "There are times when phrases such as 'totally astonished' just don't do the job. I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted."
Diana Athill, 91, who worked for the BBC in the Second World War and helped set up Andre Deutsch publishers, and has written five volumes of memoir, is made an OBE. At the age of 90 she was shortlisted for the Costa literary prize. Her work is described as a biographical account of "sex, love and sore feet".
The author Jane Gardam, 80, who has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and twice won the Whitbread Prize, is made an OBE for services to literature.
Rosalind Savill, a former winner of the European Woman of Achievement award, is the director of the Wallace Collection museum which has a world renowned range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. She is made a Dame for services to the arts.
New Year Honours: Knighthood for Terry Pratchett - Telegraph