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Horrible Histories: Barmy British Empire [Kindle Edition]

Terry Deary , Martin Brown
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For centuries, the barmy Brits bounded round the globe, conquering other countries in the name of their Empire. From infamous India to dreadful deeds down under, brutal Britannia ruled the land and waves. Are you ready for some horrible Empire-grabbing action? Then find out... · How a war started when a Brit insisted on sitting on a stool · Who wore a necklace made of 50 human skulls · Why a British soldier used his own coffin as a wardrobe! From savage slavers and rotten rebels to horrible heroes and nasty natives, grab the foul facts about the Barmy British Empire - with all the gore and more!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6236 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Non Fiction; new editon edition (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H3W5WI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased and misleading 4 Oct. 2012
I was shocked and disappointed when I read this book. My two eldest kids love this series and on the whole I have found them informative and entertaining. There are inevitably some over-simplifications but few, if any, inaccuracies. But this book seems to wilfully present a view of the British Empire that not only focuses exclusively on the negatives, but also ignores the context - for example the fact that the British Empire followed on from the Spanish and Portuguese Empires and that Britain was competing with France and the Dutch to create theirs. I'm not suggesting for a moment that the terrible things that were done in the name of Empire should be glossed over, but they should at least be placed in context.

You want an example? Deary explains the circumstances (ie the brutish and stupid acts of the British) leading up to the Indian Mutiny, but he doesn't mention the Mutiny itself and the massacres of civilians. That's just perverse in my book. As Lawrence James points out in "Rise and Fall of the British Empire", only one Empire in history was dismantled voluntarily, and succeeded by a social club of ex members. And Niall Ferguson elegantly explains in "Empire" that the British Empire's contribution to stimulating world trade has create lasting benefits that must not be ignored.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barney British empire 21 Dec. 2012
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I found the book hilarious!!!!!!!
And suitable for any ages
And there were funny pictures which funnier captions and funny pages
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Nog
Extremely biased, self-hating leftist propaganda.
It's because of drivel like this that things are so bleak today, and society is on it's knees.

It would be immoral to give this book to impressionable children. I couldn't believe the biased things I was reading.
If this Mr. Deary has such a problem with the country in which he lives, perhaps he'd be happier moving to Zimbabwe.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much horrible as awful. 18 July 2011
As a big fan and enthusiastic childhood devourer of the HH series, I was deeply disappointed and a little disgusted by this one sided book. It paints a picture of pre-colonial world in which every country was a lovely little Liberal democracy (ruled by local people, not (say) the Mughal emperors, natch)until the nasty red-coats showed up and killed everyone. Noone's pretending that the Empire was all smiles and cuddly toys, but this book took the biscuit.

So nakedly political in its angle, so left-wing and so biased. Deary me.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Borderline racism 13 Jun. 2011
As much as I enjoy all of the books and indeed find them interesting I found the level of negativity in this book quite startling compared to the others, rather than just facts and gory details he remarks of how brutal and horrible the British people were, though this is not why I give it a poor rating. To quote the book: 'Sadly some BRITISH people in the twenty-first century still believe that they are better than others'. There is no need for this statement in a factual history book and it is a statement than you can apply to any country in the world, it really suprised me how much poison was in this book as I generally enjoy the HH series of books.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Horrible 9 April 2013
A well-balanced book only in so much as Dippy Deary has a whole sackful of chips on each shoulder. Self-hating leftist nonsense. Even a cursory glimpse at the history of Africa and say, Burma, post-independence should convince any fair-minded individual that Empire deserves more than such a glib dismissal.
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Leftist Nonsense 31 Oct. 2011
I am a teacher and I had this book in my classroom, allowing my children to read it until picking it up and flicking through it. Now it is removed from the classroom. This book propounds exactly the kind of miserable, self-hating post-colonial guilt which is contributing to the slow demise of our society. I completely agree that horrible atrocities were committed during these years, but the book is not just highlighting that, it is unrelenting in its criticism of Britain in general, both before and after the Empire.

It is quite obviously an attempt to indoctrinate children into a Leftist way of thinking - it is filled with guile towards Britain and other favourite hate targets of the Left such as the Christian Church. This is Deary's sinister way of getting back at right-wing historians such as Ferguson, of whom Deary says "Obnoxious people like Niall Ferguson write a book to prove that the British Empire was a good thing...He's a deeply offensive right wing man who uses history to get across a political point."

Such glaring hypocrisy is sickening. In child speak, Deary - Look in the mirror, mate.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The author is a traitor 18 May 2014
The writer of this book should be deported from this country, this is the sort of bigotry the Nazis wrote about the Jews.
Do not let young minds be brain washed by this trash.
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