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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Ltd (20 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590113208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590113205
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK IS FULL OF INTERESTING STUFF ABOUT WORLD WAR 1. THIS IS HISTORY WITH THE NASTY BITS LEFT IN. WANT TO KNOW: WHAT THE "FAT KING"DID WITH FOOD SCRAPS VAND DEAD HORSE? HOW SNIFFING YOUR OWN PEE COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE IN A GAS ATTACK? WHY A PAIR OF OLD SOCKS GAVE AWAY A GERMAN SECRET? THIS BOOK TELLS YOU ABOUT THE HORRORS AND HARDSHIP OF THE WAR THAT WAS MEANT TO LAST FOUR MONTHS...BUT GROUND ON FOR FOUR GRIM YEARS. HISTORY HAS NEVERR BEEN SO HORRIBLE AND BY THE WAY BUY IT NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2000
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I have read all the Horrible History books and this one was the best. It had all the jokes, all the cartoons and all the infomation you needed about the first world war. There are also some intresting facts in there that you don't hear in your average History lesson! By Matthew Manning
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2000
Format: Paperback
It puts all the facts in a way that is easy to understand, as well as being very interesting and extremely funny. Impossible to put down! Kim Barea, Gib
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 20 July 2007
Format: Paperback
'The Frightful First World War tells you all the horrors and hardships of the war that was meant to last for four months...but ground on for four grim years.'

The usual Deary humour flows through the 136 pages packed with facts, written in a variety of fonts and full of black and white illustrations and cartoons, from Martin Brown.

'Want to know how sniffing your own pee could save your life in the First World War?'

Read on!

Split into 5 chapters:-

1914 - The year of the first shot
1915 - The year of total war
1916 - The year of the Somme
1917 - The year of the mud
1918 - The year of exhaustion

with an introduction, a `Test Your Teacher' section
and an epilogue.

Read on for curious quizzes, rotten recipes, gruesome games and much more.
History has never been so horrible!'

'Why did the Great War start?

Lots of big, thick history books have been written to answer that question.
But, to put it simply, by 1914 the countries of Europe had formed themselves into two big gangs.......like street gangs.
The gang called the `Central Powers' were led by the Germans and
the gang we call the `Allies' were led by the French and British.
The two gangs started collecting weapons, making threats and swapping insults, the way gangs do.
All it needed was for one gang member to throw the first stone and a huge punch-up would follow.....'
So exactly HOW did the First World War start?
It's never one of the gang leaders that starts the fight, is it?
It's always one of the scruffy little kids that hangs around the edge.
In this case the scruffy little kid was called Bosnia in the Allies' gang.....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The First World War isn't an easy subject to inject humour into, but this Horrible Histories audiobook does it admirably, without ever becoming tasteless. These audio productions are wonderfully written and performed - more please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Modo on 28 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a anything but boring way of learning our history, laugh out loud at some of the facts and educate yourself at the same time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Batwoman on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is great for the basics of the Great war with lots of humour and snippets of info. Fun way for kids to learn about WWI.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2006
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History as it should be taught. There are all kinds of interesting facts that appeal to our disgustable (yes I know that's not really a word) sense of interest as humans. The cause of war, who was allies with whom, and why we hoped it would never happen again makes so much sense when read like this.

A book for children? No. A book for everyone! Everyone who likes to learn facts and be entertained at the same time.

Through wit, humour and true stories the author manages to make the First World War both interesting and poignant.
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