Discworld’s City Watch reminded me of how police forces are meant to be

An illustration of the City Watch during a revolution in Ankh-Morpok, in the novel ‘Night Watch’. Illustration was done by Paul Kidby.

The series by Sir Terry Pratchett is pretty old; it started in 1983, ended in 2015, and has over 40 novels. The popular comedy fantasy takes place in a world that’s flat and rests on the backs of four elephants that stand on a giant turtle’s shell, as the turtle swims through space. It’s amazing.

The series breaks off into mini-series that cover various facets. Discworld includes the series that looks at the city’s police force, the series on wizards, the self-explanatory series, and a series on (its personification). The series is a comprehensive exploration into a world that’s similar to ours, yet so far apart.

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Natalia Nazeem Ahmed

Natalia Nazeem Ahmed

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A young English graduate who’s trying to share her thoughts with the world. Still a work in progress. For short fiction, visit