Horrible Histories come to an end after Sunderland author calls it quits

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THE best-selling Horrible Histories books are history after author Terry Deary said they had “naturally come to an end”.

The books, which have sold more than 25 million copies around the world and inspired a hit television show, mix catchy comedy songs with some of the most gruesome stories from history.

Deary has written about 60 books in the series including Ruthless Romans, Cut-Throat Celts and Terrifying Tudors.

He said: “It has naturally come to an end, the way things do.

“It has had a good run – it’s had a better run than most children’s series. Things do have a saturation point after which they become taken for granted. It would be a shame if that happened.”

Deary, a former actor who grew up in Sunderland, started writing the books in 1992 and said he knows very little about history despite their success.

Writing on his website, he said: “I know nothing about history myself - researchers dig up all the facts. My job as a children’s author is to present those facts in a way that will entertain them and not send them to sleep the way school history lessons do. I believe the books are a success because I am not an historian.”