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In Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ‘till the knob comes off. It’s all there - a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of a murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril and a missing cat. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick.
“Things like crowns had a troublesome effect on clever folks; it was best to leave all the reigning to the kind of people whose eyebrows met in the middle. Three witches gathered on a lonely heath. A king cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. A child heir and the crown of the kingdom, both missing. The omens are not auspicious for the new incumbent, for whom ascending this tainted throne is a more complicated affair than you might imagine, particularly when the blood on your hands just won’t wash off and you’re facing a future with knives in it…”
Wyrd Sisters contains humour and themes suitable for family audiences, though be prepared for riotous innuendo which will safely fly over the heads of the youngsters (probably!)