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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (3 July 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1407143174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407143170
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,734 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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In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range.

In this, another howling success for the series, famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the once-over by the sharp-penned Deary as he tells the truth about their lives of crime, leaving little doubt as to what they were really up to when they were on the run.

From poor hygiene and terrible food to a country overrun with body snatchers and thief-takers, the poor old Georgians didn't stand much of a chance in a country run by unsuitable politicians and less than stable monarchs, and Gorgeous Georgians wastes no time in taking a stab at this seedy side of Georgian life. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 22 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
...the people who lived in these riotous times.
Find out about lords & ladies with a personal hygiene problem, outrageous outlaws & pitiful peasants.

...The posh Georgians in Britain sent people to 'Parliament' to argue with the king...King George I didn't do a lot of arguing with his Parliament because he hardly spoke any English.
He gave a lot of presents and power to the Whigs and they ruled the country for him.
The Tories hated George I - they only supported him because they thought he was better than the Catholic James Stuart.
Even the Whigs didn't like him much!
Parliament now had power!
There were more Lords' sons in the House of Commons than any other group...

History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 129 pages, split over chapters:

1. Timeline
2. Gorgeous Georgians
3. Gorging Georgians
4. Top of the class
5. Gruesome Georgians
6. Bodies for sale
7. Quaint quack doctors
8. Gory Georgian fun and games
9. Wacky Georgian words
10. Rotten revolutions
11. Test your teacher

with an introduction & an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour in a variety of type styles, interspersed with 'Did you know' facts, 'ask your teacher' or 'pester your parent' questions, the odd quiz...along with all sorts of snippets...even a recipe for 'Strawberry Fritters'!

So what would a Georgian doctor do with a pelican?
Can you spot the 'odd one out' in the rather odd 'Georgian Crazy Cures' test?

Super black & white illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
i love history and this book made the subject even more exicting! it's nice and small so you can read it in a day or two, it has lots of fun facts, recipes and quizes.
please see all my reviews!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Wahaid on 11 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Horrible Histories is a collection of books written by the wonderful author known as Terry Deary, with illustrations provided by Martin Brown . There are loads of books in this series, which aims to teach history in a way more fun and exciting for younger people - by including some of the more unbelievable facts about the era. This particular book focuses on the Georgian Era, 1714 to 1837 , and covers all sorts of area - Kings and Queens, Fashions of the period, and common health problems of the day .

Opening the book, the text is a nice size for young readers (my daughter is six, and can read this with a little assistance from me) although some passages are written in Italics, which she finds a little harder to read . There are illustrations on every page, making it far more lively as a book, and also enabling my daughter to interpret new words a little easier . The wording in the book is simple, but not patronising, and although there are a few words that might be trickier for her age, they are often explained and broken down to make them easier to understand .
Without blowing my own trumpet, I'm very interested in History, and read a lot of historical non-fiction, (and the occasional fiction too). I consider myself to have a relatively good knowledge base with history, but there were things I learnt from this book that I'd never known - for example that women made false eyebrows out of mouse-fur , or that coat was often referred to as a cover-me-queerly .

Chapters are presented in small sections, so a child won't be overwhelmed with two much information at once . I love the mentions of some of the yukkier aspects, and so did my daughter, who finds it hilarious that George the First died of the squits after eating too much fruit, and that the Georgians got nits too!
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