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Horrible Histories: Terrible Trenches (World Book Day Edition 2014) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Deary , Martin Brown
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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From foul food to coping with legions of lice, discover all the dire details of life in the blood and mud of the First World War in Horrible Histories: Terrible Trenches (World Book Day Edition) ... from both sides of the barbed wire. This bestselling title is sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary and Martin Brown fans.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13247 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Non-Fiction; World Book Day e. edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8M7P00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,534 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible! 6 Mar. 2014
By Charles TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The horrible histories series of books is best described as history books for children with special emphasis put on the gruesome and strange making the books more fun and interesting to read. This book is about life in the trenches in WW1.

The book is split into two parts, the first half tells things from the English side, the other half from the Germans' side, I really like this as no one side is portrayed as the goodie or baddie, instead we see the war from both points of view.

An interesting point made is that both sides thought they were the good guys and told lies about the other side to demonise the enemy.

The fact that the leaders were out of touch with life in the trenches is described.

Clothing and weaponry of the soldiers is covered, included the amusing fact that many Scottish solders started wearing ladies' tights under their kilts to protect their bums from mustard gas!

The squalid conditions of the trenches are covered along with the terrible food,rats and lice.
Here is a funny poem:
"A terror hangs over our heads
I scarcely dare to think
Of the awful doom that each one dreads
From which the bravest shrink.
It's not the crushing shrapnel shell
It's not the sniper's shot,
It's not the machine gun's bursts of Hell,
These matter not a jot.
It's a far worse thing than that, son,
With which we have to grapple.
It's if we see another one
More tin of plum and apple"

As you would expect from horrible histories the toilet arrangements of the solders gets lots of details and is very nasty indeed!

How the soldiers entertained themselves ( such as racing bugs) is covered along with some of the songs they used to sing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great contents odd Shape! 23 Sept. 2013
By JillT
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As always these Horrible History books are great and my son (age 10) who has a fascination with WW1 and WW2 found this one absorbing reading it from cover to cover twice in the first day alone.
Including colour all the way through was a great difference but this book is not the same dimension as all previous Horrible History books and now sits rather lonely on a different shelf in his book case!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible histories terrible trenches 10 Aug. 2014
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I think that this book is really good it is very amusing and I have learnt a lot of facts about world war I. It tells you about all different types of subjects on this topic from what clothes soldiers would wear to the guns they would use to what they would eat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY, DROLL 13 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and brilliant illustrations 28 July 2015
By izzy
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It's a really good book with funny jokes and amazing illustrations. The language is also child friendly, but it could be longer and with more information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing good informashon 12 July 2015
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I chose this praying because it deserved it !!!
I licked it because it had cool tales and information
I recommend it to ever one only £1!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun choice 19 May 2014
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Funny book for children and adults easy reading And also includes some very interesting facts from the world wars. Recommend
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