Clash Of The Two Terry's

Clash Of The Two Terry's

from The Times:

Sir Terry Pratchett has criticised the author of the bestselling Horrible Histories books for describing libraries as having "had their day". Terry Deary provoked controversy when he told the Sunderland Echo that libraries were a Victorian idea in an electronic age. "They either have to change and adapt or they have to go," he said. Pratchett, one of Britain's most successful writers, best known for his Discworld series, said that Deary risked causing permanent damage to a valuable institution. "Terry Deary is fighting the wrong battle at the wrong time by attacking library lending," he said. "Libraries are in enough trouble as it is. For some uncouth reason, local authorities head to the libraries with knives whenever there are cuts to be made." "After all, they say, the internet will take the strain.I don't think so. Libraries were my education, school certainly wasn't, and the kids who want to borrow the books want to read everything in my experience. We should cherish them. "People who borrow often go on to buy. It's a good gig, being a writer; I don't begrudge the loans whatsoever; it's a way of paying back, and forward." Pratchett has long opposed closures because he credits his local library when he was a child with enabling him to become a writer.