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The audiobook of Equal Rites is narrated by Indira Varma (Game of Thrones; Luther; This Way Up). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

‘They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.’

Everybody knows there’s no such thing as a female wizard. So when the wizard Drum Billet accidentally passes on his staff of power to an eighth daughter of an eighth son, a girl called Eskarina (Esk, for short), the misogynistic world of wizardry wants nothing to do with her.

Thankfully Granny Weatherwax, the Discworld’s most famous witch, has plenty of experience ignoring the status quo. With Granny’s help, Esk sneaks her way into the magical Unseen University and befriends apprentice wizard Simon.

But power is unpredictable, and these bright young students soon find themselves in a whole new dimension of trouble. Let the battle of the sexes begin…

‘If you’ve never read a Discworld novel, what’s the matter with you?’ Guardian

‘Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own’ The Times

Equal Rites is the first book in the Witches series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order.

The first book in the Discworld series – The Colour of Magic – was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this.

© Terry Pratchett 1987 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • If you are unfamiliar with Pratchett’s unique blend of philosophical badinage, you are on the threshold of a mind-expanding opportunity

    Financial Times
  • Persistently amusing, good-hearted and shrewd

    The Sunday Times
  • Pratchett keeps getting better and better…It’s hard to think of any humorist writing in Britain today who can match him

    Time Out

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