September - December 2018

It's 2018 and that means ...

  • it's 40 years since I first published a children's book ("The Custard Kid" A&C Black 1978)
  • this year will see my 300th published book and 150th fiction title
  • the "Horrible Histories" series will celebrate their 25th birthday with lots of interviews and events
  • Latest book releases
Confirmed of diary events include:- 
9 September 2018 : Great North Run for CLIC Sargent Chilcren's Cancer Charity. Go to
29 September 2018 : Bath Book Festival event and signing  with "Horrible Histories" illustrator Martin Brown
13 October 2018 : Eboracum 'Glorious Georgians' event, Kings Hall, Ilkley
16 October 2018 : CBBC 'Blue Peter' appearance to deliver time capsule to National Archives

21 October 2018 : Eboracum 'Glorious Georgians' event, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
25 October 2018: Radio 3 Recording for 'The Verb' programme (broadcast date tbc)
1 November 2018:CBBC 'Blue Peter' event to celebrate "Horrible Histories" 25th Anniversary
21 - 24 November 2018 : Appearance at Sunderland Empire as part of the Birmingham Stage Company's performances of "Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors"
Details on this page nearer the events

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Television productions

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This month I'll be planning and researching four new theatre events

'11th Hour'Educational Theatre tour

A story from 1918 to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 - the Armistice. Two enemied come face-to-face with just an hour of the war still to run

Shakespeare Musical

A large-scale musical for a West End development in 2019

True Tales of the Opera

A touring entertainment looking at the amazing world of opera, its writers and its pewrformers.

'Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain 5'

Scripting a new episode of the ever-popular West End musical for Summer 2019

New Media

I'll also be looking at the possibility of producing "Horrible Histories" as Augmented Reality (AR) app for smartphones and tablets. They will be fun history guides to selected cities in the UK



For the latest news on exhibitions click HERE

 New writing this month

In September 2018 I'll be writing 3 new books for publication in 2019:

'St Patrick and the Pilgrims' - A children's novel set in the days of the Irish Famine

'Horrible Histories - Cruel Britannia' - a book for adults looking at what makes Britain different

'Peasants Revolting Crimes' - a disgusting history of Crime among the underclasses


  • I have about 100 children's fiction titles that are now out of print. I have been working to convert some of 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.
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My massively popular 'True Stories' from the 1990s are also released as Kindle books
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US Sales

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