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Terry Deary

Terry Deary is a children's author now living in County Durham, England. A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is the author of the Horrible Histories series of books which is popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages and imitated.

Note from Gary: Terry has cheated and given his top three OneBooks but who am I to argue?

The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe by Charles Nicholl


Historical detective work at its best. Not only does Nicholl recreate the Elizabethan underworld in all its chilling seediness, he investigates the murder with the pace and technique of a mystery novelist. In the end he doesn't quite convince me, but his book should be compulsory reading for all writers of popular history.

In Search of the Trojan War by Michael Wood


In children's non-fiction books it's not enough to inform the readers; first you have to engage them. Michael Wood is above all an engaging writer as well as an erudite historian. Whatever he writes about he brings to life. A rare talent.


They Called it Paschendale by Lyn Macdonald

PasschendaeleBooks like this transcend ordinary literature and provide a service to humanity. Macdonald has collected the testimonies of the men who fought in the first world war and tells the story from their point of view. It's humanity in the raw and it's not all bleak.


  • Find out more about Terry here.
  • You can read about the excellently researched Horrible Histories here.
  • More about The Reckoning here.
  • More about the author of Trojan War here.
  • Read a discussion about Lyn Macdonald here.
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Terry Deary is a very clever and rather lovely man.

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Okay, well I love this series out of all the books I have read-which is a few but one of the reasons I like it so much is the charaters and the intensity. It goes right to the core of the charater and not many books do that. You then can conect to the charater, know why they are acting that way and why they might think that. Also I think its good because then you can guess what they might do- one thing I like with that is when you turn out wrong and you just sit there and go ooow!
I like the story line but towards the end of the series it goes a bit crap. I one thing that I is important is never make the main charater too powerful. And this happens in the book, Richard is powerful- very powerful but to balance it out he can't use his power properly. I think that makes it better- more balanced.
Richard is a great, strong charater, the way he acts, the way lives in the book, I think he is a role model. He forgives, he has kindness to every one, helps when help is needed and most of all loves when some one needs love- like with the mord-smith.
Over all I say this book is a great story and we should learn from it.


I thought this book is really good because it has a lot of action and pretty exciting, this is the sequel to The Fire Thief and the author still manages to WOW me

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It was a great books. It was funny and entertaining as well as informative.

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