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The Wicked History of the World (Horrible Histories) Hardcover – 17 Oct 2003


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reprint edition (17 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439978149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439978149
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 0.7 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,638 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 12 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
Not to be confused with the little handbook of the same title, The Horrible History of the World (Horrible Histories Handbooks), this eye-catching book measures in at c 21.5 cm x 26cm and has thick paperback covers which open to 93 high quality pages, split over 14 main chapters:-

* Horrible Hunters
* Savage Cities
* Terrible Tombs
* The Awesome East
* Rotten Rome
* Beastly Barbarians
* Nasty Knights
* Terrifying Torture
* Super Sacrifice
* Evil Explorers
* Rowdy Rebellions
* Cruel Criminals
* Woeful Workers
* Wicked Wars

along with an introduction and an epilogue..... and completed with a double-sided 'Vicious Villains' fold-out, on page 94.

From the back cover:-

'History with the nasty bits left in!

The Horrible History of the World presents the foul but fascinating story of humans from brain-nibbling Neanderthals to terrified teenage soldiers in the twentieth century.

Want to know:-

* why Alexander the Great banned beards?
* what smelly sport was played by samurai warriors?
* who tried to bump off her enemies with a cake made with poisoned bath water?

Find out the truth behind these foul facts and then brace yourself before you meet fifty of the most Vicious Villains of all time in our frightful fold-out feature....'

Written in typical Deary style in a variety of fonts and peppered with the usual 'Horrible History' mix of cartoons, 'Did You Know' boxes, etc, e.g.:-

'The Saxon warriors of the Dark Ages were proud of their hair and they loved their combs. They were important to them.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "wwwhum" on 19 Dec 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book celebrates the tenth anniversary and just for start it tells you the history of the World,it's in full-size edition and for the first time ever is in full-color!!!This book talks about all the times,empires and people of the history from: the Horrible Hunters,Savage Cities,Terrible Tombs,The Awesome East,Rotten Rome,Beastly Barbarians,Nasty Knights to Terrifing Torture,Super Sacrifices,Evil Explorers.Rowdy Rebellions,Cruel Criminals,Woeful Workers,Wicked Wars and plus it has a fold-out that shows you the Fifty Biggest Vicious Villains from all the History!!!You will also meet the hoorible Rules of the War,the Slum Street Game and know:
-Why Alexander the Great Banned beards?
-What Smelly sport was played by samuray warriors?
_Who tried to bump of her enemies with a cake made of poisoned bath-water?
-Who had flat,or pointed or sqeezed heads?
-How was the life of the famous pirate "Black Beard" and what was his real name?
This book is hillarious,educational,and full of beatiful illustrations!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 29 Dec 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book when I received it during the Christmas holidays, and not to long after the few days of festive action had ended. It tells you all about your subject and useful facts. Horrible Histories in general are great books, providing facts and fun for all!
I would recommend every part of all of the Horrible Histories books!
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By David Smith on 14 Mar 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great book which was bought as a gift and was very well received by the intended audience. To say "over the moon" is an understatement.
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By morten on 30 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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Format: Hardcover
My grandson - a 9-year old and an excellent reader - loves these books and started reading this one right away on Christmas Day.
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My children had this book first from the library. They wanted me to buy it from the library hence the amazon purchase!
It's a great book to keep in the car too for those journeys. Good for age range 4( as they love the piccies) to 12 years.
I'd say a great stocking filler.
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it's a great book,you can learn much about the horrible history of the world!The world has been so horrible,it tells you about the Hitler Youth,which we were very interested in learning about.My 8 year old son loved the book.He thinks they're the best books in ireland!
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