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'Magic' final words in Pratchett book, says daughter

Terry Pratchett's daughter reveals the family 'mantra' features in his final novel. Credit: PA

The daughter of the late Terry Pratchett has revealed their family mantra features in his final novel.

Fans of the popular writer, who died in March aged 66, queued up at bookshops at midnight last night to get a copy of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown.

Today, Rhianna Pratchett revealed that the family's 'magic' phrase, "Mind How You Go", featured in the book which were the last words she had said to her father and grandfather before they died.

In an interview with The Telegraph shortly after her father's death, she said: "We always say to each other, 'Mind how you go', it's almost like a Pratchett mantra for safety."

The book has been hailed as a "magnificent sign-off" by critics with many finding evidence of Pratchett's knowledge that it would be his last book.

Shooting victim's father calls for action on gun control

The father of a US journalist shot live on-air has urged lawmakers to take action on gun control.

Andy Parker, the father of murdered WDBJ7 reporter Alison, told CNN: "I'm not going to rest until I see something happen.

"We've got to have our legislators and congressmen step up to the plate and stop being cowards about this."

Mr Parker also dismissed any argument that his daughter and Adam Ward would have been safe if they were armed.

"It wouldn't have made any difference," he said. "How many Alisons is this going to happen to before we stop it?"


New details of gunman's exit from TV station revealed

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were filming live when they were shot by Vester Flanagan (pictured). Credit: Twitter

The gunman who killed two US journalists handed his news director a cross and said "you'll need this" when he was fired by the station, it has been revealed.

WDBJ President Jeffrey Marks told a press conference that Vester Flanagan had "reacted angrily" to his dismissal in February 2013.

Mr Marks said Flanagan told staff they would have to call the police "because he was going to make a stink and it was going to be in the headlines".

"On the way out he handed a wooden cross to the news director...and he said you'll need this," Mr Marks told reporters.

"He also made a derogatory comment to (shooting victim) Adam Ward."


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