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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407103504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407103501
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,741 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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Baker on 17 Mar. 2013
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loved by my daughter, she collects the horrible histories books, the handbooks are fantastic as they got coloured pictures in the book,
good price and fast delivery, would recommend,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2013
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As a man of a certain age these books are a guilty pleasure.
I've read and enjoyed the lot.

The books are for children but what the heck reading is reading.

The books cover all of the bits of history you knew but also a heck of a lot you didn't.

Deary is the foremost writer of this genre and he is ably supported by the fabulous illustrations of Martin Brown.

So we come to this one, a Horrible History of the World which is ironic because it is far away from being horrible in fact it really is rather good.

For once we have the luxuary of Brown's illustrations in colour and very glorius it is too.

Of course a history of the world in just 94 pages including an index is not going to be fully inclusive and all covering but Deary makes a dam good stab at it.

Deary has that happy habit of making history amusing but he really deserves praise because he has managed to get kids reading and, I say this as an educator, he gets reluctant readers more often boys reading.

The simple reason he writes dam good books that are informative educational and funny.

A rare talent.
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I bought this as a gift for my niece to encourage her fascination with history. Whilst the book is nice and bright and has of course got the required history the font is really small. My niece happens to wear glasses and as such it is really hard for her to read. It is even quite difficult for myself to read and as such I feel the font is not suitable for a book aimed at encouraging young people to enjoy history.
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By martin on 21 May 2013
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This was bought for our daughter who loves history, especially the horrible history series. Another wonderful book well written for children.
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Shame the text is SO small - if this book was bigger it would be MUCH better. It's only the size of a small paperback with about 9point text throughout. This makes it hard to read, but not impossible. Content-wise it's great.
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