Horrible Histories Handbooks: The Horrible History of the World

Every horrid bit of history you ever wanted to know – in a handy pocket-size. Now all the nasty bits are at your fingertips! From brain-nibbling Neanderthals to the terrifying 20th Century, discover heaps of horrid facts to make you laugh your socks off. Want to know: why Alexander the Great banned beards? What smelly sport the Samurai warriors played? Who tried to bump off her enemies with a cake made with poisoned bath-water? It’s got all the wickedness of the world – with the gore and more!

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  • Horrible Histories Handbooks: The Horrible History of the World, in “blood-curdling color!” A must for all who love to learn about the gory side of history!

    29 July 2016

  • its a good book

    6 March 2013

  • loved it

    if you go to gasington school me and my freind molly are doing a horrible history club and we love horrible histoies and hope you historians will like it and the book i loved it p.s the school is in england and i have not read the book yet but i think it is amazing can not wait to buy and read it!!!!!!

    20 August 2012

  • this book is great not only is it funny but it helps with school projects.

    2 March 2012

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    This book is great!!!

    12 March 2011

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    Terry Deary

    Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher and currently lives in County Durham. He has written over 150 books in the UK, including 44 Horrible Histories titles, and was voted the fifth most popular living children’s author in a 2005 Guardian survey.


    Terry Deary won the 2001 Blue Peter Prize for Rotten Romans.

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    Martin Brown

    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.


    Blue Peter, Best Factual Book 2002 for Terrible Tudors

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