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Loathsome London (Horrible Histories) [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Martin Brown
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18 Mar 2005 Horrible Histories
From early Roman Londinium to the blasting by the Blitz, Terry Deary presents the nasty bits of London's glorious - and goriest - history. Essentially another stab at all the old favourites: Romans, Saxons, Normans, Tudors, Stuarts; all in one book.


Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hippo; 1 edition (18 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439959004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439959001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
'This book will only tell you the `horrible' bits of London's history.
To really get a fair and honest picture of the past you need a book that will tell you all the good AND the bad things about a piece of history. But..
Beware of the 'disclaimer', the 'HORRIBLE HISTORY' warning:-
'This is NOT the book to give you a fair and honest picture of London!
This book will only tell you the horrible bits of London's history - about the bad, not the brave; the horrible, not the happy; the dreadful, disgusting and dirty, not the dear, drippy and delightful.'

Loathsome London dishes the dirt on life in the capital - the lies, the legends and all the lousy details, from the rotten Roman rulers to the plague-ridden peasants.

Want to know:-
what caused the Great Stink of 1858?
why the flying dustmen were feared?
who ate a tosher for tea?

History has never been so horrible!'

127 packed pages, split over 14 chapters:-

Ancient London timeline
Terrible Tower
Middle Ages London timeline
Awful for animals
Terrible Tudor and slimy Stuarts timeline
Cool for criminals
The Loathsome London quiz
London language
Modern London timeline
London's lousy jobs
Terrible for tots to teens
Barmy buildings
Under London
London ends

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written in various fonts with humorous black and white illustrations/cartoons throughout, which are sure to draw the most reluctant eye!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the history of London 12 April 2010
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Horrible History: London is a great addition to the series. It is easy and fun to read with great facts about all the gory bits in it. It is an easy and great way of learning history, even for the most reluctant. It suited for all ages, even my dad who is 73 thought it was very humorous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great news for teachers 16 Jan 2012
By addy
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As with all this series, this book is enjoyable for the adult first, the children second. It is written on several levels. Children see the facts, bright youngsters see the double meanings, and adults see the hidden implications. As a committed non-history fan, I wish I could afford to buy them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of blood 17 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It was quite good but very disgusting. Shows you how lucky we are recommended for nurses or doctors or people who like blood
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5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing and esucational 23 April 2014
By Y4b
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I would recommend this product to children younger or the same age as 10 also younger children would probably like it!!
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Another really good book from the Horibble History series. Very informative with all the full weight of information and facts. The drawings are good, some a bit scruffy and illegible , but that helps make it so funny. Having lived in London for 45 years, I never dreamed there was so much to know about this World city. A really great read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun book series 30 Jan 2013
By morten
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I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history.
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
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