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The Vile Victorians (Horrible Histories) Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Apr 1994


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Publications Ltd (15 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590554662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590554664
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,807 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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The terrible truth about revolting events not so very long ago!

Terry Deary and Martin Brown’s brilliant books about the nastiest periods in history have now—with the help of some astounding actors—been transformed into a series of audio extravaganzas. Featuring new, extra material not found anywhere in the books, these sound spectaculars are just as thrilling and spilling, funny and fast as their printed counterparts. Horrible Histories are guaranteed to bring you history with the nasty bits left in!

So, if you want to know how some Victorians made a profit from dead bodies, or learn about the tricks the poor kids used to play on the ‘posh people’, and if you’ve ever wanted a gory and gruesome guide to vile Victorian death, this is the cassette for you! It’s packed with sketches, quizzes and revolting recipes which—when mixed with poems, jokes, mini-dramas and real life re-enactments—tell you the kind of foul facts which just aren’t available from a classroom education!

History has never been so horrible … --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Thompson on 24 April 2003
Format: Paperback
We bought the magazine version because my daughter was studying the Tudors in school. We kept up with the collection of magazines and tried some of the books. She loves them. Her interest in history is growing and she has learned to move away from just the horrible bits and into a more complete picture. These books are a gem for that. Anything that can get a 7 year old away from the tele and connected to the stream of the past, present and future that is life is great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nc Bettley on 15 Feb. 2010
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The Horrible Histories box set is incrediable value for money. It arrived safely. I have only read a few of the books but they are great for young children or older children who want to understand the basics of a certain topic. Actually 23 books, all the main periods are covered from Romans to Tudors and up to the 2nd World War.
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......from children in the monstrous mines and savage schools to the vile Victorian Queen herself.

Be warned, this book is not for the squeamish.........
You wouldn't believe some of the things the vile Victorians got up to. After you've read this book you still might not believe them. But they are true, I'm afraid.
Some Victorians could be Vicious and Violent and Villainous - VILE, in fact.
When you've finished reading the book you'll probably know more fascinating facts about the Victorians than your teacher....
Be warned, again!
This book is not suitable for adults.
Victorian adults did some pretty nasty things to children.
You wouldn't want your parents or teachers to get any horrible ideas, would you?

Read on for curious quizzes, rotten recipes, gruesome games and terrible tests.........for your teacher!
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 127 pages, split over chapters:

1. Vile Victorian timelines
2. Vile Victorian Queen
3. Vile Victorian childhood
4. Vile Victorian schools
5. Vile Victorian fun and games
6. Vile Victorian poems, plays and songs
7. Vile Victorian life
8. Vile Victorian food
9. Vile Victorian facts
10. The vile Victorian Army
11. Vile Victorian villains

with an introduction and an epilogue.

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

Do you know what Mary Ann Cotton did? How about Matthew Webb?

'.....Children of the 1990s still suffer from the horror of homework, the terror of teachers and the dread of school dinners. BUT......if you think school is BAD in the 20th century, you should have gone to school in the 19th!......'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Randle on 13 Jun. 2010
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21 books as promised in perfect condition. My 2 oldest daughters were very excited and started arguing over them immediately! My youngest not yet reading but they will be saved for her too. They are FUN and INTERESTING to read- Yes- history books!! If only history was this interesting when I was at school! We love the TV series so was hoping we wouldnt be disappointed with the books, so far so good- I read one book in a day and plan to read the whole lot along with the children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Ruan on 8 Jun. 2010
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There are 21 books in the a box which has some Horrible Histories illustration (really nice). On the box, it wrote that there are 20, but I counted and there are actually 21, just like the title of this product. I really like this because I can get most of the HH Collection now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Q. Hussain on 3 Jun. 2010
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Nice boxset containing the books.
However the only problem was that instead of the advertised 21 books, there were only 20 books in the set. I would suggest that whoever is advertising this boxset actually changes the caption as it is misleading and therefore in breach of some regulations or other.
That said though, the boxset was in perfect condition and the books are as you would expect of these titles.
Good collection at a fairly sensible price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on 27 Nov. 2010
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Bought copies for school (I'm a Year 3 teacher). It was purchased for the copy of the story inside called Monster of the Mine. Great for our coal mining project! Also good for able readers who want to know more about the Victorians!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 5 May 2009
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This book is about the vile things that The Victorians did and it shows you a timeline of Queen Victoria's life.

This book is funny, real, disgusting, vile sometimes scary. My favourite part is when the ladies were as gruesome as the old Lord Harriet. I think the book is tremendously good because it's funny and real. Zack

It's a really funny, superb book. I give it eight out of ten. Harry G.
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