|Terry Deary - Author|
"Deary (is) the most influential historian in Britain today." So says the "Daily Telegraph" newspaper atÂ 10 May 07
Terry Deary is the author ofÂ 190 booksÂ in the UK (with almost 600Â more foreign editions) mainly for children and teenagers. His books are sold in 39 languages from Russia to Brazil, Scandinavia to China.
He wasÂ born inÂ Sunderland, England, in 1946Â and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England. Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and museum manager.
InÂ 32Â years as an authorÂ his writing has includedÂ fictionÂ for juniors and teenagers, and popularÂ non-fictionÂ series (Horrible Histories, being the best-selling with overÂ 20 millionÂ worldwide.) He also writesÂ TV, theatre, radio audioÂ and new mediaÂ scripts and performs his own scripts.
In 1996 he was theÂ best selling British childrenâ€™s authorÂ with 5 of his books in the top ten best-sellers of the year. (Waterstones BookshopÂ tables) In August 1997 he was still leading the way with thirteen titles in the top forty. (BooksellerÂ listings). In 1999 â€œThe Daily Telegraphâ€ recorded that he outsold Enid Blyton by four to one and annual librariesâ€™ surveys made him theÂ most-borrowed author of childrenâ€™s non-fictionÂ in Britain â€“ with an astonishing 17 titles in the top 20 in 2001. In November 1999 Books for Keeps magazine readers voted him â€œThe Outstanding Childrenâ€™s Non-Fiction Author Of The 20th Centuryâ€. In 2000 a Schoolsnet survey made him the most borrowed British author in school libraries while a Guardian survey of March 05 made him Britainâ€™s fifth most popular living childrenâ€™s author.
In theÂ Blue Peter Book AwardsÂ 2001 and 2002 Terry won â€œBest Book of Knowledge of All Timeâ€ for hisÂ Horrible Histories Rotten RomansÂ andÂ Terrible Tudors.
Terry returned to writing for theÂ theatreÂ withÂ Mad MillenniumÂ at Cardiffâ€™s Sherman Theatre in Summer 1999. In November 2002 he returned to his roots and acted in a professional theatre production of his own musical Christmas show,Â Crackers ChristmasÂ at Barrowâ€™s â€˜Forum 28â€™ Theatre. A major series of touring theatre plays,Â Horrible Histories - Terrible TudorsÂ andÂ Vile VictoriansÂ have been created for in collaboration with Birmingham Stage â€“ in 2008 they will expand the franchise to have local plays in permanent residence in 5 British cities.
BBC Worldwide made a series of ten 1-hour audioÂ Horrible Histories CDsÂ based on his books and narrated by Terry. They were launched in October 2002 and became immediate best-sellers. In the summer of 2005 12 million of Terryâ€™s CDs were released as a promotion in partnership with Kelloggâ€™s cereals and these were followed with massively successful CDs for â€œDaily Telegraphâ€ promotions in 2006 and 2007. TheÂ Horrible HistoriesÂ books also feature as a best-selling internationalÂ part-work magazinesÂ in 2003/5, TheÂ Horrible HistoriesÂ Collection. Terry also cretaes majorÂ Horrible HistoriesÂ exhibitionsÂ for museums around Britain, breaking attendance records at every venue.
â€œThe Fire Thiefâ€ is Terryâ€™s new fiction trilogy for the US and UK market, launched in January 2006. In the hardback edition alone it has sold 100,000 in its first year and put Terry into theÂ top 20 fiction charts. He is working on aÂ film adaptation. Terry has acted and presented many television series, including an entertaining childrenâ€™s series exploring the lives ofÂ Henry VIIIâ€™s wives, (broadcastÂ BBC EducationÂ in November 05) followed by his own 6-part documentary series for family viewing called â€œTerry Deary's Twisted Talesâ€ (ITV northern regions June 06) which he wrote and presented.
Terry wrote and presented the BBC Newcastle regional contribution to the â€œBuilding Britainâ€ series in March 07, looking at the city of Durham. Terry wrote and recorded a twelve-partÂ Terrible Tales of WalesÂ radio programmes for BBC Wales in 2005/06. He followed it with a 6-part radio series on the Welsh â€œMabinogionâ€ legends in late 2006.
He is hoping to create aÂ Horrible HistoriesÂ visitor attractionÂ in his native north-east and around Britain. He is also working with major museums and tourist attractions to create exciting interactive experiences for family visits. In 2007 his exhibition at theÂ Royal Armouries LeedsÂ increased their visitor figures by 150% and in 2008 he created a new WW1 exhibition for theÂ Imperial War Museum, Manchester.
His charity work includes being patron of SHAID (Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside), Grace House Childrenâ€™s Hospice appeal and Burnhope Association of Rural Crafts. He works with young offenders in the region and with Beamish Museum where he raises money for disadvantaged children in the region.
Terry was awarded a degree asÂ Doctor of EducationÂ at Sunderland University in 2000 and is anÂ ambassadorÂ for his home city of Sunderland.
In 2008 he will be cutting back on writing childrenâ€™s books and giving up personal appearances to concentrate on TV projects including a new CBBC series of â€œHorrible Historiesâ€ which heâ€™ll co-write and act in. The programmes will be shown on British television in 2009.
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!10 year old boy