is the twenty-fifth Discworld
novel by Terry Pratchett
, published in 2000.
The book features the coming of movable type
, and the founding of the Discworld
's first newspaper by William de Worde
, as he invents investigative journalism with the help of his reporter Sacharissa Cripslock
. The two investigate the charges of embezzlement and attempted murder against Havelock Vetinari
, and help vindicate him.
The Ankh-Morpork City Watch
characters also appear in this novel, but have limited roles and are seen mainly from de Worde's perspective. C.M.O.T. Dibbler
also puts in an appearance.
William de Worde is the black sheep
of an influential Ankh-Morpork family, scraping out a humble lifestyle as a common scribe and making extra pocket money by producing a gossipy
newsletter for foreign notables.
When William falls in with a group of dwarves who have come to Ankh-Morpork to set up shop with their printing press, he inadvertently founds AM’s first newspaper. Realizing that with their press the dwarves can help him put out a newsletter every day, William begins scrambling to find enough interesting events to fill up the space. Arguing that it isn’t worth the effort just to make a few copies for William’s wealthy foreign subscribers, the dwarves print hundreds of copies of the “Ankh-Morpork Times” and hire a group of oddball beggars
to pitch them on the street. William is shocked when the newsheets sell like hot cakes
, bringing in more... Read More