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Perilous Pirates (Horrible Histories Handbooks) Paperback – 5 Apr 2010


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407114689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407114682
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,632 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
...all the gore and more!'

Terry Deary has turned learning into real enjoyment, and this history book series is no exception.

'Want to know:

* How to talk the patter of a pirate?
* The disgusting details of death by a thousand cuts?
* Which potty pirate hacked off his own ears and made his enemy eat them?'

Durable and vividly illustrated cover opens to 94 high quality pages, split over handy sized chapters:

* Introduction
* Lousy legends and lies
* Nasty names
* Top ten putrid pirates
* Perilous pirate timeline
* Lousy loot
* Wicked weapons
* Terrible tactics
* Wicked women pirates
* Cut-throat cruelties
* Rotten rules
* Pirate ships
* Pirate losers
* Talk like a pirate
* Fly the flags
* Foul facts
* Pirate punishments
* Dire deaths
* Epilogue
* 'Interesting Index' - Hang on! This isn't one of your boring old indexes. This is a horrible index. It's the only index in the world where you will find 'vomiting cows', 'mopping-up brains', 'pickled heads' and all the other things you really HAVE to know if you want to be a horrible historian. Read it and creep.'

A colourful handbook, written in a variety of texts, packed full of information, e.g.:

'The pirate flag was often called the 'Jolly Roger' - that is from the French 'jolie rouge', or 'pretty red'. The first pirate flags were red. The other name for the pirate flag was 'Captain Death'............'

'History has never been so horrible!'
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BuzzyBusiness on 30 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought the Pirates Horrible Histories for my 8 year-old son who was studying pirates as a topic at school and just has a natural penchant for history, especially when it is retold in this way. I now know it off by heart - not because I've read it but because my son find it so hilarious and astounding that he reads me out every fact and every joke, sometime more than once. Essentially though, he now has a truly comprehensive knowledge of the subject and has exploded many of the pirate myths that abound about parrots etc. Meanwhile he has had a jolly good laugh doing it. He has taken the book into school and I have visions of him regaling both his class and his class teacher with his discoveries - whether they like it or not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Sharp VINE VOICE on 22 May 2010
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With the summer holidays not too far away, this book could at least fill one otherwise "what shall we do" day.

Young children seem to have an absolute fasination about pirates - and not just because of Jack Sparrow et. al. This book hits the spot exactly and would easily fill a wet wednesday afternoon. It's blood thirsty, but not scary. It contains a wealth of information about a real pirates life. Above all it encourages kids to ask all sorts of questions - as an adult, most of which I had to make up. It doesn't lead to sleepless nights, but in my experience to demands for pirate gear and costumes - from both boys and girls.

The great thing is that if your kids really get into it, for very little money on Amazon you can buy complete pirate fancy dress for very little cash. I had terrible trouble removing it from my son after 2 weeks of solid wear. By which time he really, really smelt like a pirate. PPS Also on Amazon there is a great site that sells inflatable parrotts.......Pirate Boys fancy Dress Costume age 6-8 and Inflatable Parrot on Shoulder - Fancy Dress Costume Accessories

PPS if you have two budding pirates you may want to avoid cutlasses.....
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By morten on 30 Jan. 2013
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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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By Tilley123 on 10 Dec. 2012
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My class are finding out about priates and this was just the job! a good little book and nice little illustrations
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Very quick delivery. I bought this for my son as he was learning about pirates. He loves it, very informative aimed at a 7 plus reader.
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Children love theses books, they tell you facts in a very entertaining way, they are a cracking good read.

Good price, highly recommended.
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By Brandy on 21 April 2012
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I bought this for my grandson who loves Horrible Histories to add to his collection. He loves it and would recommend it to others.
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