The dad of an autistic boy who lost his treasured Terry Pratchett novels has praised selfless strangers on the internet who rallied around to replace all 41 Discworld books in one week for free.
Avid reader and Pratchett fanatic Freddie Findlay, 14, was left distraught after a pipe burst in the bathroom of his home near York, dousing and destroying the novels on the shelf below on January 29.
Dad Oliver posted the heartbreaking news to his followers on Twitter and was met by an “unbelievable” response. He told The Big Issue that Freddie, who reads up to eight books every week, had been left in a “blind panic” by the loss.
“We heard a funny noise then the ceiling came through and everything became saturated. It was pretty disgusting and the books were ruined, they were in a puddle of sludge on the floor,” he said.
“With Freddie being autistic, he looks at the books every day and counts them to make sure they’re all there. They are a comfort thing for Freddie as well. When he saw the books he had an instant meltdown and went into a blind panic. It caused distress and anxiety and he was really upset.”
Disaster! My son's entire collection of Terry Pratchett books have been destroyed by the floodwater from a burst pipe. All 41 of his Discworld books.
He is Autistic, and the #discworld Discworld series is a massive part of his life. He is devastated. ????
What a day ????
— Oliver Findlay (@oliveriswriting) January 29, 2020