Making Money – Terry Pratchett

Brilliant. This book took me some time to finish: many times I found myself re-reading sentences just because they were so clever and funny. I had several chuckles on each page, to the amusement of my family.

There is a very large collection of Pratchett books in my house. I have only read a few of them, but every one has been excellent. This one follows on from Going Postal, where the lucky and clever chancer Moist von Lipwig became Postmaster-General of the city-state of Ankh-Morpork and invented the postage stamp. The title of Making Money should forestall any surprise that in this book he invents not only paper money, but also fractional reserve banking. As always with Pratchett, there are countless sly references to relevant topics from modern life: journalists, economics, business in general, and many more.

I do find Moist a very engaging character, and a large part is also played by Lord Vetinari, the tyrannical ruler of the city of Ankh-Morpork.These are two of my favourite characters in the Discworld books. (So far.) There are of course a huge number of other goings-on, including recurring characters like Sam Vimes of the City Watch, Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler, Adora Belle Dearheart, and the mob from the Unseen University. And inevitably, Death. My lack of familiarity with some of these didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book – I think Pratchett was good at making sure that even though the Discworld books paint a panoramic picture, each book individually can stand alone.

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