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Horrible Histories: Who's Horrible in History Award-winning author/illustrator

by Terry Deary (author) and Martin Brown (illustrator)

Suitable for 8 - 12 years

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The book you’ve all been waiting for – the Horrible Who’s Who! Discover the merciless miscreants and ruthless rogues who made the past such a perilous place! In his laugh-out-loud compendium, Terry Deary names and shames fifty of history’s all-time vilest villains, from gruesome grave-robbers to the beastly ‘Blood Countess’. The book is stuffed with colour pictures, putrid profiles, nasty newspaper articles, despicable diary entries and even some stomach-churning Sticky End fact files. BEWARE! You won’t find any nice, caring, boring people in here. Only awesomely evil, totally HORRIBLE ones!

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Horrible Histories







Date published

September 5th, 2011

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  • 80 pages



Terry Deary

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Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and currently lives in County Durham. Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher. He spends his time writing and directing for his television production company, managing his website,, and touring his Horrible Histories exhibition. Terry is the author of 116 books in the UK and over 250 more worldwide, mainly for children and teenagers, including the popular non-fiction series Horrible Histories. Horrible Histories were launched in 1993 and are now sold in 28 languages from Russia to Brazil, Scandinavia to China.

In 2003, Horrible Histories celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

In 1996 Terry was the best selling British children’s author with 5 of his books in the top ten best-sellers of the year (Waterstones Book Shop tables). In August 1997 he was still leading the way with thirteen titles in the top forty. (Bookseller listings). In 1999, The Daily Telegraph recorded that he outsold Enid Blyton by four to one and a Libraries survey made him the most-borrowed author of non-fiction in Britain – adult and children’s books. Terry currently holds 8 out of the 10 slots for ‘Most Borrowed Children’s Non-Fiction’ authors in the Public Lending Rights annual survey covering July 1998-June 1999. In November 1999 Books for Keeps magazine readers voted him “The outstanding children’s non-fiction author of the 20th Century”.

Terry’s district council have awarded Terry an “oscar” as one of their top citizens and Sunderland University have awarded Terry an Honorary Doctorate in Education (HonDEd) which was awarded in July 2000.

In early 1998, the Top Ten series was launched with two titles written by Terry, Top Ten Shakespeare Stories and Top Ten Greek Legends.

Terry’s latest additions to the Horrible Histories series are the Horrible Histories Special: France and Cruel Crimes and Painful Punishment. And if Horrible Histories wasn’t keeping him busy enough Terry has also contributed a range of titles to the True Stories series including True Mystery Stories and True Horror Stories.

The Horrible Histories exhibition is up and running in museums around Britain until 2003. He has also just set up a television production company and is negotiating to make a series of audio tapes and writing radio scripts for BBC World Service.

“If you haven’t come across ‘Horrible Histories’ before you’ve missed a true publishing phenomenon – Terry Deary seems to have invented a whole new genre with his series of books looking at history in an entirely different way.” Books Magazine, July 96

“I do not like reading very much and my Mum is pleased that I have found some books I like so much that I read them without being asked!” Fan letter from 10-year-old boy

For more information why not visit or join his fan club?

Martin Brown

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Martin Brown was born in Australia but currently lives in Dorset. In 1993, he illustrated the first of the HORRIBLE HISTORIES, and has now contributed to more than 60 titles in the series.


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  1. Salwa
    on 12 December 2015

    I just finished this

    I just finished this book a few weeks ago myeslf and continue to enjoy the series. I actually purchased all of the books, well minus book six which is for some reason unavailable on EVERY site in the world. I also got the three books of the Ellie Chronicles, LOL.You might try audio for them, I got book six through Michelleb4s last blog .. =.

    3out of 5

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What kids think

  1. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 9 March 2014

    Amazing, Terry Deary is amazing.

  2. Gruffalo 113679

    on 8 March 2014

    Horrible history amazing book

  3. Gruffalo 113679

    on 8 March 2014

    This book is amazing. you will love the comics and they are by a great imagination!

  4. Hayley 113303

    on 5 March 2014

    best history book ever

    5out of 5
  5. Default avatar

    on 9 March 2013

    A good book!

    5out of 5
  6. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2013

    love this book

    5out of 5
  7. Avatar bat 761713

    on 8 March 2013

    my brother has like all of these

    4out of 5
  8. Pearl 113298

    on 7 March 2013

    a funny but weird book.

    5out of 5
  9. Gruffalo 113679

    on 6 March 2013

    the Horrible History books are brilliant and funny and you don’t even realise that you’re learning stuff.

  10. Pearl 113298

    on 6 March 2013

    funny way to learn history, i have all of the books and i really enjoy all the different series! dont teach you this cool stuff at school, well a few things

  11. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2013

    its a good book

  12. Avatar cat 761729

    on 6 March 2013

    Horrible Histories are by FAR the funniest way to learn about history. Pretty awesome!

  13. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 5 March 2013


    RATE:8/10 RECOMMEND:7+

  14. Pirate2small 108060

    on 5 March 2013

    this book is a good information book for children i enjoyed learning and reading at the same time

  15. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013


    5out of 5
  16. Love stargirl 113412

    on 4 March 2013

    this is a really good tv series i have watched every single episode of horrible history at ;east twice

  17. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2013

    funny and gross!I really liked it.

    3out of 5
  18. Evie 113313

    on 16 January 2012

    i love this book