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Villainous Victorians (Horrible Histories) [Audio CD]

Terry Deary
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Scholastic Ltd (2004)
  • ASIN: B0057PQK7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,304,095 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.

Product Description

The darkest secrets of Queen Victoria's Britain. History stories for children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
...from hard-living criminal kids to harder-hearted toffs who were criminally cruel.

In the dark days of Queen Victoria, who were the 'real' villains? The poor, pilfering people of the slums? Or the mean, miserly men in their massive mansions? And how would YOU have got on in those terrible times?

Teachers may tell you Victoria's Britain was an exciting place......but it was a time of cruelty and wickedness.
What you need is a book that tells you the other side of the story - the `villainous' Victorians .............
Read on for prisoners, poisoners and Peelers and some devious dodges for making money that you SHOULDN'T try.
Find out about the famous and the forgotten Victorians, then discover who tops the charts as the biggest villain of them all!
History has never been so horrible!'

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

1. Terrible timeline 1830s-1840s
2. Cruel criminals
3. Cruel to kids
4. Hanging around
5. Terrible timeline 1850s - 1860s
6. Mr Peel's pained police
7. Wicked for women
8. Foul fun
9. Terrible timeline 1870s - 1890s
10. Talk like a villainous Victorian
11. Criminal cures
12. Test your teacher
13. Top ten villainous Victorians

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible histories are not that horrible :) 18 Jan 2014
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Love these books. They take a piece of history and put it in an easely digested morsels. The books are short, concise and wonderfull! For anyone wanting to learn a bit and have a wonderfull time all at once, go get these books. Well written to boot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little smaller than expected 16 Dec 2013
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Not sure why but imagined this book to be a little bigger its about the size of a ladybird book.. This is a present for Christmas for a friends child who loves history, lots of interesting facts in included for a budding historian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good bit of humour to keep the children engaged! 22 Aug 2013
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The children love these books and they always add a little humour to historical topics. They love sharing the facts. Great presentation.
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