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Ireland (Horrible Histories Special) Paperback – 16 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hippo (16 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439014360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439014366
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,648 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 19 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
History has never been so horrible - and this book is one of the worst! Brilliantly written and superbly illustrated, this book is one of the SPECIALs so slightly more pennies but a really wise investment.
'Ireland is the home of the Leprechauns, also known as the Little People....probably because they're.......little.
A metre and a half at most.
You'll recognise a Leprechaun man because of the feather sticking out of his green cap.
These shy creatures are nervous when humans are around so you'll be lucky to see one. But if you do............'
Sorry couldn't possibly spoil the book for you all!
Buy it and enjoy the rest of the usual unique humour of Terry Deary in one of his best books, in our opinion!
Chapters:- Old Ireland, Super Superstitions, Middle Ages Misery, Talking Irish, Tudor Terrors, Awful for Animals, Sad Stuart Times, Wild and Wonderful Women, Gruesome Georgian Times, Cheerless for Children, Nasty 19th Century, Odd Irish Quiz, Terrible 20th Century.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
'Ireland' by Deary is the best book ever! I am absolutely thrilled by it! It is funny from naked celt warriors to the present day, PLUS games to make you hurl AND how to make yourself invisible. If you're into curses, the Top Twenty Irish Curses page is for you!The best book EVER is at your fingertips so I say, "go get it!"
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jaina on 28 July 2006
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I love the Horrible Histories series and I'm not at all a stickler for perfect historical accuracy in them. These books are meant to make children interested in history and learn to enjoy reading.

That said, this particular "Horrible History" loses one star for being obviously biased against the Republic of Ireland, and another because this bias can be so damaging to kids. The tensions in Northern Ireland are not at an end, and presenting a view of the area that clearly comes out on one side of the conflict is truly irresponsible.

Adults will be able to recognize this bias and take it with a grain of salt, but if you are planning to give this book to a kid or use it in a classroom, make sure you let them know that this is a complicated conflict, and that history is written by the winners.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine on 2 Dec. 2013
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It is fun, light hearted book and yet factual on irish history. My son loves horrible history books.

Regards

Lorraine Wrafter
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1 of 2 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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