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Terry Deary
Terry Deary

Terry Deary books:
Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He still acts on stage and TV and his work includes parts in British films "Risen" (2010) and “Plan Z” (2014). He still performs on stage with productions for Eboracum classical music group. 

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 38 years later.

In 38 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 and again 2012 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries. In October 2014 Terry's "Horrible Histories - Villainous Victorians" was named in the "Sunday Times" in the list of 100 Modern Children's Classics. It was the only non-fiction book to appear in the list.