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Unseen Academicals (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Description


The wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University are renowned for many thingswisdom, magic, their love of teatimebut athletics is most assuredly not on the list. So when Lord Vetinari, the city's benevolent tyrant, strongly suggests to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully that the university put forth a football team composed of faculty, students, and staffor lose the funding that pays for their nine daily mealsthe more-than-usually-at-sea UU wizards find themselves in a quandary. To begin with, they have to figure out just what it is that makes this sport of foot-the-ball so popular with Ankh-Morporkians of all ages and social strata. Then they have to learn how to play it. Oh, and on top of that, they must somehow win a football match without using magic.

And the thing about footballthe most important thing about footballis that it is never just about football.

About the Author


Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

Praise For…


“In short, this is as busy and as daft as any other Discworld yarn, which means it is the quintessence of daft. Nobody writes fantasy funnier than Pratchett.”
-Booklist

“At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports.
-Publishers Weekly

“This account of Unseen University’s entry into the world of soccer (or, as they occasionally call it, “foot-the-ball”) pushes past the usual conventions of satire to offer equal parts absurdist philosophy and heartwarming romance....A witty addition to the long-running fantasy series”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Thirty-seven books in and ... Discworld is still going strong...and doing so with undimmed, triumphant exuberance. ”
-The Guardian

“It’s a triumphant effort”
-The Independent on Sunday

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061161728
ISBN-10: 0061161721
Publisher: HarperTorch
Publication Date: September 28th, 2010
Pages: 435
Language: English