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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407143166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407143163
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,786 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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 22 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
The Smashing Saxons tells you the terrible truth about the pillaging people who bashed the Brits but got nobbled by the Normans.....

No baked beans, no chocolate, no chips. Would you really liked to have lived in those days?
Like most other ages in horrible history a lot might depend on whether you were a rich noble or a pathetic peasant.....for example.....'

Read on for foul facts on cut-throat kings, disgusting diseases and ghastly graves.
Find out how to make like a monk with silent signals, be the judge in a Saxon criminal court, and solve 1000-year-old riddles.
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 128 pages, split over 14 chapters:-

* Timeline
* The Saxon start
* Superstitious Saxons
* Awesome Arthur
* Naughty nuns and mischievous monks
* Saxon skills
* Awful Offa, Alf and Ath
* Woeful for women
* Saxon scoffers
* Curious cures
* Ethelred the Ready for Beddy
* Saxon crime and punishment
* Vile verse
* Pester your parents

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour, in a variety of fonts, and superb illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.

'History with the nasty bits left in!'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angelcynn on 21 Mar 2008
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Blood guts, chaos and violence-i love it. Go and buy it as it teaches you the history of the early english in a very clear and fun way (not just for kids)Dont listen to modern society, the saxons werent just nasty invaders, they were the ancestors that created small kingdoms out of what was left of Roman Britain that became known as England (and it was named after the invading angles from Denmark (often called Saxons by the Britons) also spelled Engles,and England means 'Land of the Engles', get it?, were not really British, its a lie!!!. And the normans werent french they were descended from viking invaders from Denmark (the same place as the angles, so were all related really) Learn all about the Negative side of the saxon and norman invasions/settlement as well as some laws that make far more sense then our modern laws. Our government could learn how to run a country better from this book. To learn more Positively on our ancestors try 'A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons'.
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A Kid's Review on 8 Jan 2009
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Find out who got cow pats as Christmas presents and why wearing a pig on your head is lucky and how to make a dead Saxon happy? This book is part of the fantastic `Horrible Histories' series of books by Terry Deary. In this book you can read of foul facts on ruthless rulers, sordid sicknesses, and pillaging people who bashed the Brits but got defeated by the French. And can you solve 1000 year old riddles. How much was your nose, your nail, your big toe or your little one or your back tooth worth when you murdered someone. How many ways are there to kill a criminal? FIND OUT IN THIS BOOK WHERE HISTORY HAS NEVER BEEN SO HORRIBLE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H Parsons on 22 Jan 2014
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I wanted this as a teaching aid. Although I have not used this as much as other books I ordered, my able readers like it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec 2000
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This was one of my school books and I really enjoyed it. It tells you all the disgusting facts you need to know about the Saxon people and rulers (not the ones you use at school!). I enjoyed reading about all the gory facts and punishments, like cutting off hands and gouging out eyes! - thank goodness they don't rule now. I'd recommend this book to everyone except the Saxons!
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My daughter consumed this book. I had wanted her up and coming project to appeal more, so I was able to give her this book and take her to see a horrible history production. Now she has a book to remind her of the saxons forever.
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The Smashing Saxons is good but not great, one of the lesser Horrible Histories books and certainly one of the easiest to overlook. It's still a good read, and great for teaching kids about history, but The Vicious Vikings and The Rotten Romans blow it out of the water for entertainment value.

Still, the cartoons are fantastic and Terry Deary always leaves a bit of his personality behind in the books that he writes, and when you consider you can pick up a used copy online for a couple of quid plus postage, it's not bad! Just be sure to get the other Horrible Histories books, first.
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I was looking to develop my knowledge of Saxon history for my teaching and this book was excellent!
Prompt delivery and a great price.
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