Latest news - January/February 2017

News and diary - Jan/Feb 2017

This is the start of a significant year for Terry Deary. It is ...

25th Anniversary of the first "Horrible Histories" book ("Awesome Egyptians" in 1993)

40th Anniversary of his fist published book ("Teaching Through Theatre" 1977)

His 300th published book and 150th fiction title (A secret title appearing later this year)

Television productions

In January 2017 he will be working on four television series based on my books. 

"True Time Tales"

In the past 10 years he'spublished 48 books in 'True Tales' series of historical fiction for Bloomsbury Educational. These cover stories from Greek Tales through history to World War 2 tales. Now they are being adapted by Canadian animation partners to make an international children's television series.

"Dangerous Days"

The  history series for adults - 'Dangerous Days' - this month Terry will be writing a pilot episode for this prime-time TV seies for television.

'Horrible Histories'

Series 7 of the award-winning CBBC Series was recorded in Autumn 2016 for broadcast in Spring 2017.

'The Fire Thief' trilogy and "Master Crook's Crime Academy"

These action/adventure titles from the 2000s are being developed with television production partners

Movie plans

I am developing, or appearing in, five new movies with various production companies.

1.    'Horrible Histories - the movie'

An adaptation of the popular book series for the big screen. We are in the early stages of script planning. 

2.    'Master Crook's Crime Academy'

Four live-action, 90 minute movies for television based on the comic-historical novels published in 2009. In discussion with an international broadcasters. 

3.    'The Real Maria Marten'. 

In 2016/17 Burn Hand Films will be creating a movie script based on Terry's 1978 novel, 'The Real Maria Marten', a Georgian murder story. The movie will be filmed in 2018  and Terry will act in a leading role. A novel of the film, called "He will hang", should accompany the movie release in 2018

 4.    'Plan Z'

The zombie movie, 'Plan Z', wasbe released in Autumn 2016 with Terry in the role of a shopkeeper, 'Old Davey' who becomes a zombie. It is out in January 2017 as a DVD. 

5.    'The Fire Thief' trilogy

This best-selling series of three books tells the story of Prometheus, the Greek God who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. His punishment was to be chained to a rock and have his liver eaten every day by a monstrous eagle. When the hero Hercules sets Prometheus free he must travel through time to hide from the great avenging bird. An adaptation of the books is now being discussed with US movie companies. 


'Sixty-Minute Theatre - The Tempest'

Following the success of this year's 'Macbeth Curse' tour I'll be working with "Prime theatre company" to create a new touring show for 2018

Eboracum Baroque

These talented musicians perform concerts while I narrate the stories that link the musical peices. Following our 5-star concert at the Edinburgh Festival we will be planning new shows for 2017.

Personal appearances and signings

In Autumn 2017 Terry will be releasing a new action adventure story and will be visiting book shops, book festivals and theatres to perform extracts from the books, do question and answer sessions and signings.

Exact details of the dates and times of the Autumn appearances will appear on this website in the Summer. 


Terry is planning several new visitor attractions for the UK and worldwide, starting in 2017. There will be books to accompany the attractions. The plans are mainly confidential but here is a flavour of what is to come ...

1.   Miniature worlds

See history come to life in worlds that are knee-high to the visitor. Learn the secrets of  the past.

2.   Live in the past

Dress in historic costume and learn how to live in an historic age. Face challenges and test your new skills, guided by actors playing people from the past. 

3.   True Time Tales

The 'True Tales' series of books (publisher, Bloomsbury Education) will be brought to life by actors and animations then young visitors can go on to step into the past of a reconstructed world.


A review of"Dangerous Days on the Victorian railways" appeared in "The Good Book Guide" of February 2015.

 "In 1825 the Stockton and Darlington Railway became the first steam railway in the world to carry passengers. Nothing would ever be the same again; the stagecoach, the barge, the river, all former forms of transport would be superseded by this new invention in terms of speed and convenience, and, according to the author of this book, a lot of humans would find inventive new ways to die.

The inventors of the early railways didn't care about safety, brakes were often seen as a needless luxury, and boilers were in the habit of overheating and exploding, killing pretty much anyone within reach. Victorian railways were extremely dangerous places and their victims had names, lives and families, and, as this book tells us in no uncertain terms they deserve to be remebered. Original, informative and quirky, the stories in this book linger in the memory."

Weidenfeld and Nicholson 288 pp Hb £9.99


... and a cruel review

See HERE for a review of Terry's performance as Zeus at the Sunderland Empire in July 2016.

The reporter, Kevin Clark, is a friend of his. So the cruel last paragraph is a JOKE ... we think!

New writing this month

In September and October I have a busy programme of TV scripts to write so there will be little time for new books. The following will be written.

1'Rivers of Britain' - a highly illustrated guide to the main waterways of Britain. 

2.   'Legends and Lies'. A history book for adults exploring everything we thought we knew about history ... but isn't true.

Latest book releases

A new "Horrible Histories title "Crackin' Castles' is now published along with a new edition of the ever-popular "Horrible Christmas"


Four more "True Tales" have been released with new illustrations. Published by Bloomsbury Education they are the "Victorian Tales"

Two new ideas in "Horrible Histories" also appear ...

  • Horrible Histories - This is a Horrible Book of Foul Facts
  • Horrible Histories - This is a Horrible Journal

This month sees 4 more re-jacketed titles

  • Horrible Histories - Angry Aztecs
  • Horrible Histories - Slimy Stuarts
  • Horrible Histories - Blitzed Brits
  • Horrible Histories - Ruthless Romans

...  and one new paperback edition...

  • Horrible Histories - Top 50 Kings and Queens


  • I have about 50 children's fiction titles that are now out of print. I have been working to convert them into e-books and make them available to a new generation of readers. In June 2013 I relaunched his fabulous "Tudor Chronicles" historical fiction series as Kindle downloads.

US Sales

Galore Park books specialise in selling "Horrible Histories" in the USA. For US readers go to:

More News

Terry's Top Tips

Terry appears in a video for the "Radio 2 500-word story competition.'

Click here to see his suggestions for creativity. 

Jorvik - "Campaign Canute"

The Jorvik Viking Centre on York was flooded in last winter's storms. Terry is helping the centre to raise money so it can open in 2017.

He will be running The...

Terry on YouTube

Other people have put videos of Terry Deary on YouTube. Now you can see Terry's own show-reel of his entertaining documentaries on YouTube HERE