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Time to kill off this formula in a horrible way
on 19 July 2004
Terry Deary hit on winning formula many years ago with his combination of cartoons, historical facts, slightly naughty words and 'gross' bits and bobs. Books such as 'Vile Victorians' and 'Terrible Tudors' flew off the shelves, thanks to great promotion by the publishers and TV and radio interviews by Deary himself in which he condemned traditional education systems and talked up his own works for all they were worth. Leaving aside the dodgy historicity of most of the works, there is little which was actually new or original in the series, and this has been magnified by each successive work. Now we come to the umpteenth in the series: 'England', which is half cut and paste, half recycled old facts from other works, and the whole folmula seems dtaed, tired, and should be condemned to one of the 'horrible' fates described by Deary himself throughout the series.