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Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series
30th novel – 1st Tiffany Aching story
Nac Mac Feegle.jpg
Characters Tiffany Aching,
Nac Mac Feegle,
Granny Aching,
Miss Tick
Locations The Chalk,
Motifs Fantasy clichés
Publication details
Year of release 2003
Original publisher Doubleday
Hardback ISBN ISBN 0-385-60533-1
Paperback ISBN ISBN 0-552-54905-3
Other details
Awards WH Smith Teen Choice Award 2003
American Library Association's Best Book For Young Adults 2004
Parenting Book of the Year Award 2003
Center for Children's Books' Blue Ribbon
For The Wee Free, see the Free Church of Scotland.

The Wee Free Men, first published in 2003, is the second Story of The Discworld book for younger readers. Although primarily written for children, this book enjoys a large adult readership. For a period before its release it was known as For Fear Of Little Men. A sequel, A Hat Full of Sky, appeared in 2004, and a third book, Wintersmith appeared in 2006.

While Terry Pratchett's first Discworld book for children, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents had swearing translated to rat language, in this book it is in the dialect of the Nac Mac Feegle which is taken from Scots and Scottish Gaelic.

The novel contains a scene inspired by the painting called "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke", by Richard Dadd.

An illustrated edition of the novel, with pictures by Stephen Player, appeared in print on 2 October 2008.


Plot summary

An experienced witch named Miss Tick and her toad arrive on the chalk. She feels that something is not right, so she decides to find out what's going on. Her intuition is right. The Queen of the Elves has made another attempt at invading the Discworld, this time by stealing children and infesting dreams.

With the help of the Wee Free Men, the Nac Mac Feegle, nine-year-old Tiffany Aching finds out that her grandmother used to be the witch of the Chalklands, and that she has inherited the trade. When her baby brother is stolen, Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegle enter the elves' world to steal him back.


In January 2006, reports emerged that director Sam Raimi[1] had signed up to make a movie based on this novel with a script by Pamela Pettler, the writer of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. Sony Pictures Entertainment had recently acquired the rights to the book. The producers are Josh Donen, Vince Gerardis, and Ralph Vicinanza. No other details have been released about the film adaptation.[2]

In a June 2008 interview, Pratchett said: "I saw a script that I frankly thought was awful. It seemed to be Wee Free Men in name only. It had all the hallmarks of something that had been good, and then the studio had got involved. It probably won't get made."[3]


  1. ^ "Raimi's a Free Man, Spidey helmer signs for new flick". IGN. 10 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "Sam Raimi set to direct The Wee Free Men". 10 January 2006. 
  3. ^ "Tough at the Top", SFX SF and Fantasy Literature Special, June 2008, Future Publishing

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Reading order guide
Preceded by
Night Watch
30th Discworld Novel Succeeded by
Monstrous Regiment
Preceded by
1st Tiffany Aching Story
Published in 2003
Succeeded by
A Hat Full of Sky

Simple English

The Wee Free Men is the 30th in the Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett. It was published in 2003. It is the second Discworld book written for children, but it's still liked by many adults.


The Queen of the Elves tries to invade the Discworld again by stealing children and invading dreams. Tiffany Aching, a 9-year-old girl discovers that her grandmother used to be a witch. Tiffany also discovered that she has a talent for magic, too. When Tiffany's baby brother is stolen by the evil queen, Tiffany enters the elves' world to save him with the help of "The Wee Free Men". "The Wee Free Men" are small blue fairies and they speak with a Scottish accent.

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