Terry Pratchett, legend in his own lifetime, has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Bloody well deserved too. Pratchett has sold over 55 million books and been translated into 33 languages. He announced last year that he’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, at only 60 years of age.

Pratchett’s response to the news was that he was “stunned, in a good way”. He said, “There are times when phrases such as ‘totally astonished’ just don’t do the job. I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted.”

He told London’s Independent newspaper, “I’m having difficulty fitting it into my head. I’m very pleased indeed. It cheers me up no end.” He added: “It will also impress some of my American friends, who started calling me ‘Sir’ after I received my MBE, which was a little embarrassing.”

Brilliant. Well done, Terry!

Also, Robert Plant, rock legend (lead singer of Led Zeppelin) was made a CBE for services to music. All round a pretty good result for something so anachronistic. It’s good when well deserving people get the recognition they deserve.