Fans of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series have arrived in Wincanton to welcome the author’s latest masterpiece.
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork is the newly-released travel guide to Pratchett’s famous fictional metropolis.
Each book includes a giant double-sided street map and aerial view along with a comprehensive trade directory and gazetteer.
To mark the book’s launch, an army of loyal fans travelled from far and wide to Wincanton – in traditional Discworld attire.
The market town has a special place in the heart’s of Discworld fans worldwide and prides itself on its magical literary links.
In 2002, Wincanton was officially twinned with Ankh-Morpork, and three years ago, developer Taylor Wimpey came up with a plan to name roads on its Kingwell Rise development at Deansley Way after places in the books.
Treacle Mine Road, Peach Pie Street and Morpork Street are among Wincanton’s streets showcasing its fantasy phenomenon.
Bernard Pearson, owner of the Discworld Emporium on the town’s high street and good friend of Sir Terry, pioneered the twinning of the town with Ankh-Morpork ten years ago.
He said: “This latest book is the culmination of a year’s research and artistic endeavour, and a testament to Pratchett’s genius as a fantasy writer. All of us at the Discworld Emporium are proud to have played a part in it’s production, and pleased to further strengthen Wincanton’s ties with Ankh-Morpork in the tenth anniversary year of the famous town twinning.”
Every year, Wincanton plays host to the traditional Hogswatch season, a Discworld celebration similar to Christmas.
Hundreds of Pratchett fans are expected to make their annual pilgrimage to the town next weekend – something that gives Wincanton a “unique identity”.
Colin Winder, mayor of Wincanton, said: “Hogswatch is absolutely great for the area, anything that gives us wide publicity has to be welcomed.
“The Independent once described Wincanton as the ‘market town without a market twinned with a city that doesn’t exist’. Our link with Discworld gives us a real identity. We always look forward to it. Wincanton has a great relationship with Pratchett, and the Discworld Emporium on the high street is a roaring success.”