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Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel hits bookshelves

The Shepherd's Crown is the last in his popular Discworld series Photo: www.terrypratchett.com

Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel has hit the shelves.

Readers eager to get their hands on copies of The Shepherd's Crown, the 41st and last in his popular Discworld series, queued outside bookshops, many in fancy dress.

And the book met with rave reviews from critics, who hailed it as a "magnificent sign-off".

Sir Terry Pratchett died in March after battling Alzheimer's Credit: PA

Sir Terry, who was from Wiltshire, died in March aged 66 after battling Alzheimer's disease.

He sold millions of copies of his books set in his comic creation of Discworld - a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle.

The Shepherd's Crown, which he wrote last year, is the fifth book featuring the young witch Tiffany Aching.