Caroline Fielding is the CKG Judge for YLG London and is the librarian at Charlton Park Academy.
Terry Pratchett, who would have turned 70 this year on 28th April, was extremely proud of having won the Carnegie medal in 2001 for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and often spoke of his love for libraries and the books and people therein. My dad is his doppelgänger, prompting me to buy him a book with his photo in the back cover sometime in the 90s, sparking a family-wide passion for the Discworld that never waned. My sister and I own more than 150 Pratchett novels between us (he didn’t write that many, we have 3 editions of some titles) and his death hit us all like one of a member of the family. So, I thought it would be appropriate for my blog post this year to be in his memory, and I’ve decided to recommend the shortlisted Carnegie and Kate Greenaway titles to some of his characters*.
*Those of you who don’t know the Discworld may want to look away now**.
**You must rectify this immediately (after reading the CKG shortlists obv).
- Downspout, the first Gargoyle member of the City Watch, would really savour ‘King of the Sky’…it would definitely make him hungry as he enjoys eating the occasional carrier pigeon.
- Sergeant Detritus and his paramour Ruby are childless, but I imagine if they did they would feel for their child as Nick’s troll mother does for him in ‘A Song From Somewhere Else’.
- Lady Sybil Ramkin, the wife of Sam Vimes, would adore the illustrations in ‘Night Shift’ because she understands how difficult it can be to control dragons, and that it is impossible to tame them.
- ‘Town is by the Sea’ could be the childhood of any of the dwarfs that have moved into the city of Ankh Morpork, or indeed of those that still live in the mines, I’m sure Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom will enjoy it.
- Sergeant Angua would find ‘Under the Same Sky’ very calming, bringing together her wolf and human sides.
- Rincewind the Wizzard would probably find ‘A First Book of Animals’ useful in his travels.
- Reading ‘Thornhill’ would make Susan Sto-Helit (granddaughter of Death and governess) rage over the treatment of those girls.
- Constable Visit (full name Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets) from the City Watch hopefully wouldn’t go as far as Father John in ‘After the Fire’, but would probably approve of some of the rules.
- Commander Sam Vimes, on the other hand, would be raising his fist in support of Starr, the strong protagonist of ‘The Hate You Give’, as she draws attention to the inequalities in society.
- ‘Wed Wabbit’ would probably secretly amuse Drumknott, the Patrician’s secretary, who would probably relate strongly to the Greys.
- ‘Rook’ would definitely hook Quoth the Raven, as would ‘Where the World Ends’. It is important to see yourself in stories, even if the Death of Rats is hovering over your shoulder waiting to see if the birds die…
- Captain Carrot has things in common with Crow from ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’, with no memory of where he came from, but rumours that he may be descended from royalty are never confirmed while Crow’s heritage becomes clearer.
- Not an Ankh Morpork resident, but ‘Saint Death’ would definitely interest The Lady, “The One who will desert you when you need Her the most – and sometimes She might not…“, the most powerful goddess on the Disc. But would she help Arturo?
- Finally, another non-resident is the Queen of the Elves, ruler of Fairyland, who would be very scathing of the Queen that gets herself caught up in human affairs in ‘Release’.