Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.
Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.
Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"
As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.
In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.
In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.
In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.
His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.
His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .
Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.
Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.
In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.
I am a fan of 'Horrible Histories'but this book was very disapointing and i found myself rushing through it just to finish. It doesnt say anything on the pagan beliefs of the English and it doesnt say much about the early Anglo-Saxons invaders (the english). It doesnt say much on the Vikings, Normans, the reformation by Henry 8th, the battles with the Scots, Irish, Welsh or French or even the two world wars. It seems the author has saved all the best bits to make other books (which are very good) and has just filled this book with boring jokes and dull questions, I would recommend it for kids but adults may find it a little boring and unformative. For a real book on England i highly recommend "A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons".
I totally disagree with the first reviewers opinion. I bought the first of Terry Deary's books seven years ago, 'The Awesome Egyptians', and I continue to be a great fan of his work. His original facts, combined with jokes and brilliant illustrations from Martin Brown, combine to make this book a truly worthwile purchase. I strongly urge you to buy this book and many others, because of its originality and humour. An absolutely 5 star read
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'The Horrible History of England reveals the awful truth behind the rebellions, riots and rumpuses that have made England what it is today (whatever that is). From the cruel Celts right up to the terrible 20th century it is a tale that will make you quake.
Want to know:
* which monk tried to pinch the devil's nose with a pair of tongs? * why some people in the Middle Ages ate dove droppings? * which English king was accused of being a werewolf?
Whether it is plague, fir and civil war, or roast beef, fish and chips and a cup of tea, if it's got anything to do with the English, it's in this book. Mull over the miseries of Middle Ages monarchs, discover ten ways to be killed down a Victorian mine, and find out which dreadful days in history to celebrate with a day off school. History has never been so horrible!'
Standing at c 8.5" high, this is larger than the regular 'Horrible History' series of books titles. Colourful paperback covers open to 192 matt pages split over chapters:
1. Barmy Britons 2. Island invaders 3. Miserable Middle Ages 4. Creepy country 5. Batty beliefs and curious customs 6. The revolting English 7. Terrible Tudors and slimy Stuarts 8. Cruel criminals 9. Gorgeous Georgians and vile Victorians 10. Woe for workers 11. Kruel for kids 12. Terrible 20th Century 13. What's English? 14. Awful for animals
sandwiched between an introduction and an epilogue.
Various fonts, with black and white illustrations & cartoons throughout.
'History is horrible but it is MORE horrible in some places than others. Some places have all the luck....the BAD luck. And England is one of them.............. AND the poor English have had to suffer the rain as well!..... And here's another funny thing. Saint George wasn't even English. So why did the English pick him for their saint?'
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I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history. One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish. the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved. Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
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