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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Ltd; Reprint edition (20 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590554670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590554671
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,190 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Wahaid on 11 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Recently I reviewed another book in this series, The Gorgeous Georgians, which was the first book from the Horrible Histories series I'd read . I was impressed with it, and enjoyed reading through it with my daughter so much, that I decided to go and get some more books in the series . The second book I've read is Rotten Romans.

The Horrible Histories series is a collection of illustrated books written by the wonderful author known as Terry Deary, with illustrations provided by Martin Brown . I did a little research into Terry Deary , and happened across the fact that he's written over 200 books! There are loads of books in this particular series, which aims to teach history in a way more fun and exciting for younger people - by including some of the more unbelievable facts about the era. This particular book focuses on Ancient Rome from 753 b.c right up to 446 a.d , and covers all sorts of areas - Evil Emperors, Roman recipes, Roman folk tales - all sorts of information.

After a brief introduction, which like the first book takes a little time to poke fun and teachers, you're launched into the book with a timeline - nicely presented bite size facts, many illustrated with a small jokey cartoon. There is also a nice little map of England as it would have been back then, with 21 of the leading tribes and their locations clearly mapped out . I found this map a useful reference to come back to at various stages in the book,and it helped me in explaining things to my daughter.

Opening the book, the text is a nice size for young readers (my daughter is six, and can read this with a little assistance from me) although some passages are written in Italics, or as though they were handwriting, which she finds a little harder to read .
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. B. Hosegoood TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
We love listening to Terry Deary's histories in the car. I like to tell myself that they are educational, and they are in their way, though they don't feel like it. More importantly, they get my child - and me - interested in history. There are lots of CDs in the Horrible Histories series, and this is one of the best we've heard yet - we like the Vicious Vikings too.
This is aimed at kids (not too young though), but there are some funny items designed to keep us adults amused, like the Jonathan Ross sound-alike in the 'worst emperor of the lot' awards and some wonderfully bad puns.
I find some of the books in the series a bit too heavy on the horrid side, but there's nothing really disgusting in the audio versions. This is partly because the CDs are a slimmed down version of the books, but also perhaps the BBC is aware that even very young children may here the audio version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Robinson on 19 May 2009
Format: Audio Cassette
My 8 yr old son has very severe dyslexia but absolutely loves stories so audiobooks are a lifesaver for him. He is very interested in history and the Horrible Histories series informs him and has him in stitches too. This is a brilliantly performed and superbly edited radio programme, like Monty Python for kids, but steeped in facts as well as lunacy. Very engaging and well worth it. Rotten Romans is his favourite.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 16 April 2007
Format: Paperback
with a NEW COVER!

'Nasty Nero and the other awful emperors to Brave Boudicca, and the poor old peasants, who tried to send the Romans right back where they came from.......

Want to know:-

what Roman soldiers wore under their kilts?
how Ancient Britons got their hair nice and spikey?
why rich Romans needed a vomitorium?

Read on to find some terrible tactics of the rotten Roman army, clever ideas of the cut-throat Celts, gory games, rotten recipes and loads of frightening facts.
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 136 pages, split over 10 chapters:-

Terrible timelines
The rotten Roman Army
The cut-throat Celts
The battling Britons
Rotten Roman leaders
Rotten Roman childhood
Rotten Roman fun and games
Rotten Roman food
Rotten Roman religions
Rotten Roman facts

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour, in a variety of fonts with superb illustrations throughout.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KTS on 14 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Rotten" Romans fun, and it achieves this with flying colours.

Meet the infamous rulers and emperors of the time, come face to face with those who "stabbed Casear in the back", and experience a Roman dining party!

Overall, a perfect book to read for children and teenagers alike, combining Terry Deary's perfect humour with facts which will stick with the reader for the rest of their lives!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 20 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
Nasty Nero and the other awful emperors to Brave Boudicca and the poor old peasants, who tried to send the Romans right back where they came from.......

Want to know:

* what Roman soldiers wore under their kilts?
* how Ancient Britons got their hair nice and spikey?
* why rich Romans needed a vomitorium?

Read on to find some terrible tactics of the rotten Roman army, clever ideas of the cut-throat Celts, gory games, rotten recipes and loads of frightening facts.
History has never been so horrible!'

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

1. Terrible timelines
2. The rotten Roman Army
3. The cut-throat Celts
4. The battling Britons
5. Rotten Roman leaders
6. Rotten Roman childhood
7. Rotten Roman fun and games
8. Rotten Roman food
9. Rotten Roman religions
10. Rotten Roman facts

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour and illustrations from Martin Brown throughout.
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