Author Terry Pratchett 'flabbergasted' to receive knighthood

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London, Dec 31 (ANI): Author Terry Pratchett said he was "flabbergasted" to receive a knighthood for his services in the field of literature.

The 60-year-old writer of popular Discworld series of comic fantasy novels was named in the New Year Honours list along with jazz star Courtney Pine and singer Robert Plant.

"There are times when phrases such as 'totally astonished' just don't do the job," the BBC quoted Pratchett, as saying.

"I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted," he added.

Sir Terry was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and has since campaigned to raise awareness of the condition.

Pine, 44, said he was "deeply moved" to be appointed CBE.

"I never imagined that I would be recognised for playing improvised music in the UK in this way," he said.

"This acknowledgement for what I think of as a noble mission in uniting people through sound could not have been realised without the love, support and dedication of my family, management, band and the many supporters of music throughout this land - thank you, thank you, thank you," he added.

Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen also received the OBE. Actress Liz Smith is appointed an MBE, and Jenny Abramsky, former head of BBC radio, is made a dame. (ANI)

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