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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1407140167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407140162
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,749 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 22 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
all the gore and more!

Terry Deary has turned learning into real enjoyment, and this history book series is no exception.

'You probably think that witches are just funny old ladies with pointy hats and broomsticks....
But no one with half a brain really believes in witches these days........
The word `witch' may come from the old English word `wicce' which means 'wise person'.
Other people say it is from the word `wik' which means `twisted'.
All we need to know is it now means a person who meddles in magic.
And witches have been around a long, long time........

Durable and vividly illustrated cover opens to 95 high quality pages, split over handy sized chapters, with an introduction, an epilogue and an `Interesting Index' :
- Hang on!
This isn't one of your boring old indexes. This is a horrible index.
It's the only index in the world where you will find `nose-picking', `flesh-eating lice', 'snail-juice' and all the other things you really HAVE to know if you want to be a horrible historian.
Read it and creep. `

A colourful handbook, written in a variety of texts, broken up with oodles of illustrations and cartoons,...... plus...... it is packed full of historical information.

Did you know?
If you see a spider on Hallowe'en then it may be the spirit of a dead friend come to watch over you. Ahhhh!

'She loves me, she loves me not......
Want to know who you are gong to marry? Here's how to find out`.........in three easy steps,
Sorry, I couldn't possibly tell you the secret and spoil this delightfully horrible book!

Look out for the other handbooks, in this series, too, e.g.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By morten on 30 Jan 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angelcynn on 21 Mar 2008
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This book is fantastic i couldnt put it down, a must read for anyone interested in the middle age madness. It tells the true horrors of the "witch" hunts. It was basically "holy" christians burning innocent men and women and BABIES as well as hanging and torturing of both christians and pagans just to make money and become famous. Or in some cases kids would accuse someone of being a witch to draw attention to themselves just as a cruel prank with no sympathy for the victims. A good way to get rid of your wife, tell a christian she is a witch and watch her suffer. This is an evil book that would be extrememly offensive to women (they have my sympathies). One last note, Before christianity pagan women were treat like godesses but when the christians came along......read this book to discover the unholy truth...highly recommended.
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By Amazon Customer on 5 April 2014
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My daughter loves horrible histories, and this book was up to their usual excellent standard. It was perfectly packaged too.
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