January/February 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. These include ...

Interview in "The Big Issue"

Interview in "The Sunday Times"

Interview in "Waitrose" magazine (22 February 2018)

Interview in "Saga" online magazine

Interview on "BBC Breakfast" programme

Appearance on CBBC "Match of the Day Kickabout"

followed in Spring by ...

Interview in "The Sun" newspaper

Latest book releases

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Television productions

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

 'Sixty-Minute Theatre - Top Ten Dickens Tales'

Following the success of last year's 'Macbeth Curse' tour I'll be working with "Prime Theatre Company" to create a new touring show for 2018

A large-scale musical for a major theatre on the South Coast of England in 2019

Historical pageant

Telling the story of a famous British inventor in the city of his birth in 2018

Educational Theatre tour

A Theatre-in-Education piece for touring schools around the south-west of England

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

Personal appearances and signings


I haven't done a book festival for 10 years but to promote my new novel, "The Silver Hand" I will be doing  appearances. There will also be 25 events in 2018 to celebrate the 25 years of "Horrible Histories" in print. Details of the appearances will be psoted here as asoon as I know them.

15 January 2018

Recording "Match of the Day : Kickabout" for CBBC at Sunderland's Stadium of Light (for broadcast on 10 February). A look at the 'horrible' history of football and my own memories of supporting Sunderland AFC for 62 years.

18 January 2018

Guest at the "Lollies Awards" https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies when I will be presenting a prize.

8 February 2018

Appearance on BBC Breakfast programme to talk about 25 years of "Horrible Histories"

1 March 2018

World Book Day and I'll be appearing at "The Peacock" arts venue in Sunderland to talk about writing. An invited audience of schools from socially deprived areas. 


For the latest news on exhibitions click HERE

 New writing this month

In January 2018 there will be an adult novel "Wolf" (about a Roman Werewolf) to accompany the movie I'll be acting in January 2018

A new release for the 4-book series "Master Crook's Crime Academy" is being planned and I'll be editing that along with 'Silver Hand'. That book will be released late in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice at the end of World War I. 


  • 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

Galore Park books specialise in selling "Horrible Histories" in the USA. For US readers go to: http://www.horriblebooks.com/horriblebooklist.htm

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January/February 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