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Terry Deary - Author

About the Author

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors   Terry Deary is the author of 249 fiction and non-fiction books published in 36 years  and is one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. His Horrible Histories series has sold over 6 million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 40 languages, as well as being adapted into a BAFTA  award-winning television series for CBBC. Terry was also voted The Outstanding Non-Fiction Author of the 20th Century (Books for Keeps). He has now turned his attentions to adult fiction and non-fiction and more television and stage work. 

He is married to Jenny and they have a daughter Sara who recently had twins, Terry's first grandchildren. He lives in Durham.

 Q+A with Terry Deary

Favourite Hero: Guy Fawkes

Favourite Monster: The Chimera

Your weapon of choice: Machine Gun

Special Secret Power: Invisibility

Favourite Fight scene: Gladiators

Goodie or baddie: Baddie

Featured books by Terry Deary

Horrible Christmas

Horrible Christmas

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Horrible Christmas is filled with all the festive facts every Horrible Histories reader wanted to know, but were too stuffed full of mince pies to ask!

Vile Victorians

Vile Victorians

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

They may have looked all prim and proper, but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch who could be vicious and violent and villainous. Readers can discover the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and all about stag hunting in Paddington Station. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.

Groovy Greeks

Groovy Greeks

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Apparently the ancient Greeks were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn't start school until they were seven, and girls didn't have to go at all. But it wasn't always so jolly. Readers can discover who had the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax! With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.

Rotten Romans

Rotten Romans

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Go back into the really rotten times of the Romans, where there were beastly battles, deadly doctors and marvellous myths. Discover what Roman soldiers wore under their kilts, how ancient Britons got their hair nice and how Romans told the future with dead chickens. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.

Terrifying Tudors

Terrifying Tudors

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Take a look at the mad Tudor monarchs and their suffering subjects - who just couldn't help losing their heads. Discover who invited Queen Lizzie to visit his brand new toilet and what you get when you sew the front of a chicken to the back of a pig. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.

Pitt Street Pirates

Pitt Street Pirates

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7+. Top comedy by the author of Horrible Histories. The Pitt Street Pirates are out on a treasure hunt, with their trusty parrot-cat Minnie. Roger Redbeard is determined to be a pirate. And with his friends Ellie and Sniffle (not to mention Minnie the cat) he seems well on his way to working out the clues to Ruby Rose's treasure hunt. But can they find the right treasure? An adventure not to be missed! With a reading age of 7, it is particularly suitable for dyslexic, reluctant and struggling readers.

The Beastly Best Bits

The Beastly Best Bits

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Terry Deary Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2013

2013 is the twentieth anniversary of Horrible Histories.

Other books by Terry Deary

The Peasants' Revolting Lives

The Peasants' Revolting Lives

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2020

Prime Minister and novelist, Benjamin Disraeli, said there are Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.' Today we ARE aware of the habits, thoughts and feelings of the rich, because historians write about them endlessly. The poor are largely ignored and, as a result, their contributions to our modern world are forgotten. Look at popular surveys asking Who is history's greatest hero?' Churchill, Nelson and Elizabeth I have all topped the polls. But the truth is the real heroes are the people who have done the work, and still do. They were born into poverty and spent a life of foul food, terrible toilets, danger, disease and death - the last was usually premature. And the greatest insult is they are forgotten; buried with no gravestone to mark their passing and no history book to celebrate their efforts. Until now. _The Peasants' Revolting Lives_ looks at the oppressed and disempowered and explores the most astonishing fact of all: they endured. They suffered and survived hardships and deprivations that would have killed most of us today. They persevered when the odds were stacked against them and made sure their families survived too. Look at the lives of the dwellers in the neglected zone and ask ourselves again, who the real heroes are. The answer just might be: Mr and Mrs Peasant.

All at Sea

All at Sea

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Discover all the foul facts behind the story of Britain and Ireland's seafaring heritage. From the early explorers to the Pilgrim Fathers, the horrors of the slave trade to the particular appeal of a piratical life, the Royal Navy to the Merchant Navy, ship-building tales, fishing traditions and beyond, it's all in Horrible Histories: All at Sea. A brand new classic Horrible Histories book, perfect for fans old and new.

The Peasants' Revolting Crimes

The Peasants' Revolting Crimes

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2019

Popular history writer Terry Deary takes us on a light-hearted and often humorous romp through the centuries with Mr & Mrs Peasant, recounting foul and dastardly deeds committed by the underclasses, as well as the punishments meted out by those on the right side' of the law. Discover tales of arsonists and axe-wielders, grave robbers and garroters, poisoners and prostitutes. Delve into the dark histories of beggars, swindlers, forgers, sheep rustlers and a whole host of other felons from the lower ranks of society who have veered off the straight and narrow. There are stories of highwaymen and hooligans, violent gangs, clashing clans and the witch trials that shocked a nation. Learn too about the impoverished workers who raised a riot opposing crippling taxes and draconian laws, as well as the strikers and machine-smashers who thumped out their grievances against new technologies that threatened their livelihoods. Britain has never been short of those who have been prepared to flout the law of the land for the common good, or for their own despicable purposes. The upper classes have lorded and hoarded their wealth for centuries of British history, often to the disadvantage of the impoverished. Frustration in the face of this has resulted in revolt. Read all about it here! This entertaining book is packed full of revolting acts and acts of revolt, revealing how ordinary folk - from nasty Normans to present-day lawbreakers - have left an extraordinary trail of criminality behind them. The often gruesome penalties exacted in retribution reveal a great deal about some of the most fascinating eras of British history.

The Big Fat Father Christmas Joke Book

The Big Fat Father Christmas Joke Book

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

In THE BIG FAT FATHER CHRISTMAS JOKE BOOK Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary, brings you two hilarious books in one - Father Christmas' Joke Book and The Great Father Christmas Robbery - full of rib-tickling fun for the festive season. This brilliant bind-up is sure to keep you laughing right through to the New Year and beyond.

Horrible Christmas (2019)

Horrible Christmas (2019)

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Filled with all the festive facts every HORRIBLE HISTORIES reader wants to know! The complete horrible history of Christmas tells tales from the dark days when the Puritans tried to abolish Christmas, to Christmas in the trenches whenthe British and Germans traded bullets for footballs. Plus dreadful jokes, rotten recipes and a Christmas quiz!

Classes in Kidnapping / Safecracking for Students (2 books in 1)

Classes in Kidnapping / Safecracking for Students (2 books in 1)

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Train at the world's first crime academy! Laugh-out-loud stories from the bestselling author of HORRIBLE HISTORIES. 2 books in 1! Want to rob the rich and give to the poor? Worried about getting caught? Then why not train at the world's first crime academy! Book 1: Classes in Kidnapping The doors to Wildpool's first workhouse are now open and Mr and Mrs Humble run it with an iron fist. So much so, the poor would rather be back on the streets! With the help of a few disguises, a lesson in ransom notes and most importantly ... a hostage - Master Crook's Crime Academy's students are ready for another adventure. Book 2: Safecracking for Students Wildpool's filthy rich are delighted - with a new bank in town, at last their money will be safe from thieving hands. But they haven't banked on the wit, skill and genius of the Crime Academy students, who are preparing for the greatest bank robbery of all time!

Wiggott's Wonderful Waxworld 2: Fire Flight

Wiggott's Wonderful Waxworld 2: Fire Flight

Author: Terry Deary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

From the author of HORRIBLE HISTORIES... Welcome back to the strange town of Wildpool... There's a new mayor in Wildpool (though not necessarily the one that everyone voted for!) and something very mysterious is afoot and there's a danger the Ladies Who Crunch will be forced to move home and that Wiggott's Wonderful Waxworld - about to be reopened - will actually be demolished. Can Molly and Boy save the day? Will Wildpool ever be the same? The second in a spellbinding new fiction series from bestselling Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary.

Terry Deary's Victorian Tales

Terry Deary's Victorian Tales

Author: Terry Deary Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/09/2019

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