In episode four, vaudevillian Elly Squires – aka Clara Cupcakes – joins us to discuss one of her first Discworld books, and the start of the witches series proper: Wyrd Sisters! The sixth Discworld novel, published in 1988, it’s the second book to feature Granny Weatherwax – but the first to introduce her fellow witches, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick.
Seasoned witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are adjusting to life in a coven with recently graduated apprentice Magrat Garlick when the king of their tiny country of Lancre is murdered, and his baby son escapes into their arms. The murderer, Duke Felmet, is crowned the new, much crueller king, but with the rightful heir off being raised by a troupe of travelling actors, Granny, Nanny and Magrat must contend with rumour, theatre and their own clashing personalities if they are to change their kingdom’s story…
The witches are one of Pratchett’s most beloved groups of characters, and pre-date both the City Watch and the modern faculty of Unseen University – so it’s surprising to see them spring so fully-formed from their first novel! We loved meeting them all over again. We’d love to hear what you think of Wyrd Sisters – if you’re joining this episode’s discussion on social media, please use the hashtag #Pratchat4 so we can all find each other’s thoughts! (Big thanks to listener Jodie for this brilliant idea.)
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Elly Squires can be found on Twitter as her alter-ego @claracupcakes. She’s touring her hit 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, The Worst, to various festivals around Australia and the world, including Fringe World in Perth and the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Keep an eye out for her tour dates on Facebook or (if you’re not afraid of Russian hackers) at claracupcakes.com.
You can read the full show notes and errata for this episode on our web site.
Our next book, discussed in our March 8th episode, will be 1989’s standalone Discworld novel, Pyramids – and joining us to talk about assassins, gods and a very different tiny kingdom will be comedian Richard McKenzie! We’ll be recording on February 19th, so get your questions in before then if you’d like us to answer them on the podcast! You can use the hashtag #Pratchat5 to ask them via social media.
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Hi. I have been enjoying your previous episodes but have some volume issues on the latest episode.
I normally listen in the car, and this episode I have had to turn up my car’s volume to almost max to hear the dialogue, but at this volume the intro music is deafening.
I got mine through the Apple podcast app.
(Eg, volume level ~10 for music, 20-30 for podcast, ~55 in order to hear the dialogue of the latest episode).
Is it differently mixed on any other platform?
Hi Tom! We hadn’t noticed the mix on this episode being significantly different to previous ones, and it sounds okay to us through headphones? There’s only one mix, as it’s he same file pushed out on the feed no matter what you subscribe with. However we have gone ahead and tweaked it, bringing the music down a bit and bringing the vocals up. If you delete the existing file on your phone and then re-download it, you will get the new version. Let us know if that’s better!