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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 Illustrator: Martin Brown 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 Illustrator: Martin Brown 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 Illustrator: Martin Brown 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 Illustrator: Martin Brown 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 Illustrator: Martin Brown 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 Illustrator: Stefano Tambellini 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 Illustrator: Martin Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2013

2013 is the twentieth anniversary of Horrible Histories.

Other books by Terry Deary

Frightful First World War

Frightful First World War

Author: Terry Deary, Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Discover all the foul facts about the 'Great' War with history's most horrible headlines: Frightful First World War edition. The master of making history fun, Terry Deary gives us all the facts on the First World War including what the 'Fat King' did with food scraps and dead horses, how sniffing your own pee could save your life in a gas attack and why a pair of old socks gave away top German secrets. It's all in Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War. fully illustrated throughout and packed with toe-curling stories- with all the horribly hilarious bits included with a fresh takeon the classic Horrible Histories style, perfect for fans old and new the perfect series for anyonelooking for a fun and informative read Horrible Histories has been entertainingchildren and families for generations with books, TV, stage show, magazines, games and 2019's brilliantly funny Horrible Histories: the Movie - Rotten Romans. Get your history right here and collect the whole horrible lot. Read all about it!

Vicious Vikings

Vicious Vikings

Author: Terry Deary, Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Discover all the foul facts about these famous invaders in history's most horrible headlines: Vicious Vikings edition. The master of making history fun, Terry Deary takes on the Vikings in this marauding look at our Scandinavian ancestors. From Viking Gods in wedding dresses and corpses on trial to death by booby-trapped statues! It's all in Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings. fully illustrated throughout and packed with blood-curdling stories- with all the horribly hilarious bits included with a fresh take on the classic Horrible Histories style, perfect for fans old and new the perfect series for anyone looking for a fun and informative read Horrible Histories has been entertaining children and families for generations with books, TV, stage show, magazines, games and 2019's brilliantly funny Horrible Histories: the Movie - Rotten Romans. Get your history right here and collect the whole horrible lot. Read all about it!

Measly Middle Ages (newspaper edition)

Measly Middle Ages (newspaper edition)

Author: Terry Deary, Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Discover all the foul facts about the Measly Middle Ages with history's most horrible headlines. All the foul facts about the Measly Middle Ages are ready to uncover, including: why chickens had their bottoms shaved a genuine jester's joke and what ten-year-old treacle was used for * fully illustrated throughout and packed with horrible stories - with all the horribly hilarious bits included * with a fresh take on the classic Horrible Histories style, perfect for fans old and new * the perfect series for anyone looking for a fun and informative read * Horrible Histories has been entertaining children and families for generations with books, TV, stage show, magazines, games and 2019's brilliantly funny Horrible Histories: the Movie - Rotten Romans. Get your history right here and collect the whole horrible lot. Read all about it!

Awful Egyptians (newspaper edition)

Awful Egyptians (newspaper edition)

Author: Terry Deary, Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Discover all the foul facts about the Awful Egyptians with history's most horrible headlines. All the Awful Egyptians' most horrible facts ready for readers to uncover, including: why the Egyptian people worshipped a dung beetle which pharaoh married her grandfather and what the 'Shepherd of the Royal Backside' had to do! * fully illustrated throughout and packed with horrible stories - with all the horribly hilarious bits included * with a fresh take on the classic Horrible Histories style, perfect for fans old and new * the perfect series for anyone looking for a fun and informative read * Horrible Histories has been entertaining children and families for generations with books, TV, stage show, magazines, games and 2019's brilliantly funny Horrible Histories: the Movie - Rotten Romans. Get your history right here and collect the whole horrible lot. Read all about it!

Terry Deary's Best Ever Shakespeare Tales

Terry Deary's Best Ever Shakespeare Tales

Author: Terry Deary Illustrator: Michael Tickner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Read William Shakespeare's best-loved plays like never before - a perfect mix of comedy, tragedy, magic and romance, retold for younger readers. Terry Deary's Best Ever Shakespeare Tales tells you more than just what happens in everyone's favourite Shakespeare plays - it tells you the stories behind them.From how the plays were originally staged to what Shakespeare himself might have thought of his work being taught in schools - there's so much to find out. Discover more out about: A Midsummer Night's Dream King Lear Twelfth Night The Tempest The Merchant of Venice Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar The Taming of the Shrew Macbeth Hamlet An engaging, easy-to-use and informative collection of Shakespeare's tales with humorous illustrations.

The Secret Diary of Henry VIII

The Secret Diary of Henry VIII

Author: Terry Deary Illustrator: Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Brand new from the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It's time to delve into the totally true (sort of) and incredibly intriguing pages of Henry VIII's Secret Diary. First! Terry Deary steps into the mind of one of history's most tyrannical kings, bringing you Henry VIII's thoughts on: * the Plague! * Christmas! * his wives! * the French! * executions! * the Church! * his wives! * Scotland! * feasts! * his wives! * hunting! Horrible Histories' Secret Diaries of the most extraordinary (and Horrible) characters of all time will blow your mind. And, ready for discovery from November 2021: Horrible Histories: The Secret Diary of Queen Victoria _______________________________________________________________ Horrible Histories' Secret Diaries are the perfect introduction to important figures from history. Fully illustrated throughout and told from the character's (sometimes delusional) point of view, each diary reveals the (quite likely) inner workings of their minds during the events that shaped their lives. Covering key moments in Henry's life and the history of the Tudor period, the Secret Diary of Henry VIII reveals his: * reaction to the death of his father, Henry VII * experience at the field of the cloth of gold * relations with the Church * hopes for a son * thoughts on his enemies and his allies ... right up to the end of his life in 1547. Each diary is the perfect introduction to a pivotal era in British History, brilliantly immersive and sure to capture the imagination!

Rotten Romans

Rotten Romans

Author: Terry Deary Illustrator: Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Discover all the foul facts about the Rotten Romans with history's most horrible headlines. All the foul facts about the Rotten Romans are ready to uncover, including: what Roman soldiers wore under their kilts and how ancient Britons got their hair nice and spiky. * fully illustrated throughout and packed with horrible stories - with all the horribly hilarious bits included * with a fresh take on the classic Horrible Histories style, perfect for fans old and new * the perfect series for anyone looking for a fun and informative read * Horrible Histories has been entertaining children and families for generations with books, TV, stage show, magazines, games and 2019's brilliantly funny Horrible Histories: the Movie - Rotten Romans. Get your history right here and collect the whole horrible lot. Read all about it!

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Author: Terry Deary Illustrator: Martin Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Discover all the foul facts about the history of air travel with history's most horrible headlines: in-flight edition. The master of making history fun, Terry Deary, turns his attention to the skies. From the Chinese prisoners who were sent up on kites and the brave but foolish failures who jumped from a height on home-made wings to the first real successes of the Montgolfier balloon and the Wright Brothers' powered flight. It's all in Horrible Histories: Up in the Air: fully illustrated throughout and packed with hair-raising stories - with all the horribly hilarious bits included with a fresh take on the classic Horrible Histories style, perfect for fans old and new the perfect series for anyone looking for a fun and informative read Horrible Histories has been entertaining children and families for generations with books, TV, stage show, magazines, games and 2019's brilliantly funny Horrible Histories: the Movie - Rotten Romans. Get your history right here and collect the whole horrible lot. Read all about it!

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