Witches Abroad

15 May

Witches Abroad
The wages of sin is death, but so is the salary of virtue, and at least the evil get to go home early on Fridays.

I thoroughly enjoy reading and indeed re-reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and especially this one. Witches Abroad is an amusing slant on fairy tales and foreign travels. Following the death of Witch, Desiderata Hollow [gawd rest her soul], Magrat Garlick is sent her magic wand, for Desiderata was not only a witch, but also a Fairy Godmother. Sadly, it does not come with instruction, so pretty much anything that Magrat points it at becomes a pumpkin. Desiderata had promised Emberella [the God Daughter] previously that she will not marry the Duke, who‘s really a prince/frog. and now it is up to Magrat and her companions to ensure that Emberella does not marry the Duke, despite the desires of another Witch in Genua called Lily, who does it all with mirrors!

The journey to Genua takes some time and involves numerous misadventures, many of which resemble or parody well-known stories.
* Saving an elderly Grandmother from the Big Bad Wolf in a parody of Little Red Riding Hood.
* Waking a sleeping Castle after a girl is pricked on her finger by a spinning wheel in a parody of Sleeping Beauty.
* Killing a vampire who had been terrorising a village (he was eaten by Greebo) in a vague parody of the early scenes in the Bram Stoker novel, Dracula.
* Being approached by a strange, long-fingered, grey creature with glowing eyes while floating along an underground river. He is a parody of Gollum from Lord of the Rings.
* Nanny Ogg being landed on by a falling farmhouse (she was fine – her reinforced hat softened the blow) in a parody of The Wizard of Oz, complete with a bunch of Dwarfs singing and asking to take custody of Nanny’s red boots (a parody of the Ruby Slippers).

There is much amusement to the reader of the parody on Pamplona’s Bull Run and the Witches introduction to Absinth and Nanny Ogg’s postcards are a joy. I am sure the card playing scene on the riverboat is a parody of a film.

I would love to see this classic made into a Tv drama along the lines of HogsFather and Colour of Magic and my mind drifts through casting of the witches.

Granny Weatherwax the stern straight backed cunning elder – Shiela Hancock maybe
Nanny Ogg, the jolly, plump, street living, round the block, party kinda gal – Linda Bellingham?
Magrat Garlick, the new age young thin day dreamy apprentice – Jane Horricks

Not that Sky Tv listen to me, they’re adapting Going postal!


Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Books, Review



2 responses to “Witches Abroad

  1. Technomancer

    May 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I like the Witches, (‘m in love with Magrat), and also the Watch books, but Going Postal is probably my favourite.


    • amgroves

      May 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      I have HogsFather and Colour of Magic adaptations that Sky put out on DVD. I also have on video Wyrd Sisters and Soul Music that were done as six part animations, very funny, coincidentally Jane Horricks is the voice for Magrat and fits perfectly.

      I love Granny Weatherwax and her ‘headology’!



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