Truckers, by Terry Pratchett (The first book of the Nomes)

Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers / Corgi Children’s |  Published 12th March 2015  |  Edition: Kindle, via Netgalley


This is the first book by the late Terry Pratchett I have read – it will not be the last. I LOVED IT.

This is a marvellous tale about a race of little people inhabiting the world of Humans. With a reluctant hero, and an unexpected and dangerous pilgrimage:


We’re talking little people alright, but not ordinary ones with a ‘G’. These Nomes live in the depths of a department store.

They have their own groups like The Ironmongri, Del Icatessen and the Millineri. There is an all presiding wise old Nome called The Abbot, leader of the Stationeri. Their unique quirks are peculiar to them and it’s very clever and ever so funny!  Each group takes what the Nomes need from the store when the humans are not around and live quite happily within its dry, safe walls. But more importantly – they thrive.

They live by Nomish ‘Commandments’. The Word according to all Nomes starts:

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For many years, life at Arnold Bros has been grand. Yet out of the blue, the insiders come face to face with other Nomes, who have journeyed to the store from the outside, by hitchhiking aboard a lorry. The store Nomes have heard rumours of the outside and yet none had seen it and therefore do not believe it exists.

But despite their oddities and beliefs, their world will soon be turned upside down by something outside their control. All Nomes will be called upon to find a way to stop their interdepartmental bickering and find a solution before their world comes to an end.

Masklin, the reluctant hero

Masklin, an ‘outsider’ and unlikely hero – pictured here with the mysterious ‘Thing’.

With help from the primitive outsiders, including our reluctant hero, Masklin, and the mysterious all knowing ‘thing’ (that no one understands), the little folk find themselves organising a dangerous pilgrimage outside, whilst still acknowledging the most stupid Nome hierarchy.

But where will they go? More importantly, how will they get there?  When there are thousands of beings just four inches tall to save, any solution has to be a pretty BIG one.

It’s a brilliant frolicking, all-encompassing, feel-good book that can be enjoyed by those young and old.  You can’t fail to smile while reading. It will certainly be a firm favourite of mine for years to come.

(This edition coincided with Terry Pratchett’s passing as it was published on 12th March 2015.)

Rating: 5/5

(My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing the Kindle copy of this book for review.)

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