Horrible Histories Handbooks: The Horrible History of the World Award-winning team

by Terry Deary (author) and Martin Brown (illustrator)

Suitable for 8 - 12 years

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From brain-nibbling Neanderthals to the terrifying Twentieth Century, here’s the horrible history of the whole wide world – with all the gore left in! Stick it in your pocket, pull it out and read it, and laugh and shiver till your brain explodes!

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Horrible Histories Handbooks





Date published

October 1st, 2007

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  • 96 pages




Terry Deary

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Martin Brown

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  1. Sushi123
    on 29 July 2016

    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!

  2. bugzy72
    on 6 March 2013

    its a good book

  3. cleopatchra
    on 20 August 2012

    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!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  4. angelslater
    on 2 March 2012

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

  5. guzz6
    on 12 March 2011

    This book is great!!!

    4out of 5
  6. Lolo95
    on 3 March 2011

    Great if you like or dont like history this book makes it fun and I like all the horrible things. For Boys and girls.

  7. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

    horrible histories are the best way to learn and laugh simultaneously, with beautiful illustrations and endless jokes and wisecracks the books are enjoyable for all ages. i loved this handbook because it taught me lots of things my teachers dont really bother telling me, and im in the middle of doing my gcses! purely brilliant

  8. gothicalMagic
    on 27 August 2010

    it was really good i enjoyed every bit of it here’s a bit of it – p.22 Lousy ledends since earlest times people have enjoyed listening to legends. but some legends have been used by people as an excuse for cruel and crafty crimes,like the legend of the indain goddes kali.

    4out of 5