Author Terry Pratchett has been left "totally astonished" after receiving a knighthood in the British New Year Honours list.
The writer, best known for his Discworld series of comic fantasy novels, has been awarded the honour for services to literature.
He has sold more than 55 million books worldwide, with many adapted for stage, TV and radio, since his first novel The Carpet People was published in 1971.
And Pratchett, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007, is delighted to receive the recognition from the British monarchy.
He tells U.K. newspaper The Times, "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."