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to not buy Horrible Histories

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Smallbrownbird Fri 07-Oct-11 10:54:07

Having heard Terry Deary "interviewed" on Woman's Hour this morning - by which I mean he took the opportunity to rant at, bully, dismiss, mislead and belittle the experts he was asked to converse with - AIBU to say that I will nver buy any of his books, ever?

Katisha Fri 07-Oct-11 10:56:13

YANBU They are pretty samey IMO anyway.

Is there a link to the radio programme?

If you feel that's how he was behaving then YANBU to feel you will not support him by buying his books from now on.

Perhaps you should email the programme or even the author and tell him so too.

Hatwoman Fri 07-Oct-11 11:01:00

fair enough but not much point in emailing the programme. they bought some rights off him. they have no influence over how he behaves.

Makiko Fri 07-Oct-11 11:02:12

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BatsUpMeNightie Fri 07-Oct-11 11:02:32

Buy them. Don't buy them. It's so up to you and I'm finding it hard to understand why you want to share this.

Smallbrownbird Fri 07-Oct-11 11:03:26

I just wondered if anyone else had heard it and hopped furiously around the kitchen with clenched fists like I did?

BertieBotts Fri 07-Oct-11 11:04:52

YANBU Horrible Science are much better grin

BatsUpMeNightie Fri 07-Oct-11 11:05:02

I didn't. My DS devoured these when they first came out and is now studying History at an American university. That'll do for me.

BertieBotts Fri 07-Oct-11 11:05:55

No didn't hear it, sorry. But the wiki article on him has some of his views which seem quite controversial. I do actually agree with his points on schools, not sure I'd agree that children should go out to work at the age of 11 though grin

ElaineReese Fri 07-Oct-11 11:06:27

I didn't hear this, hope it'll be on WWH tomorrow! What did he say?

I really don't like the books, they're deliberately reductive to the point of misinformation sometimes.

Makiko Fri 07-Oct-11 11:06:51

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AKMD Fri 07-Oct-11 11:10:22

YANBU, I did the same thing about the Telegraph when I saw one of their columnists on Newsnight last week referring to another guest as 'the idiot' until they walked off. If they employ people that rude, then I don't want to be reading their newspaper.

meravigliosa Fri 07-Oct-11 11:12:13

Was he the one talking about using a kindle, and being very discourteous about a Norwegian woman's research about children reading? If so YANBU to be very annoyed at him. I thought he was boorish, disrespectful probably sexist, and also rather stupid, as at one one he was saying that research on the reading habits of 15 year olds was invalid, because they were not "native users" of electronic books etc, yet the next moment claiming validity for his entirely anecdotal experience as being a happy 64-year old kindle user (whose reading abilities and habits will have been formed with traditional text, of course). He dismissed the author of the research as "just another luddite" -- totally unconnected with the fact he has a mobile phone novel to sell, of course.

Personally probably will buy the books if the children want them. There is of nothing to say that the quality of someone's work/art has anything to do with whether s/he is a total prick on a personal level. I don't think prickdom is sufficient to warrant a boycott.

MollyintheMoon Fri 07-Oct-11 11:16:40

I met him at a book signing once and found him to be a bit humourless. He's been off my Christmas card list ever since.

hanahsaunt Fri 07-Oct-11 11:17:03

He's a terribly rude, grumpy man. He was interviewed in the Radio Times a few weeks ago and his attitude to education is appalling but ... that doesn't diminish the value of his work because he's not writing about that. And once you see our 4yo do the Charles II rap then it's all worth while smile (Though I do appreciate that's the genius of the BBC bods who do the music).

Smallbrownbird Fri 07-Oct-11 11:45:23

Thanks everyone, glad to know I wasn't the only one thinking he was rude! I couldn't believe my ears this morning - calling the research of a Norwegian (or Swedish, as he would have it) researcher "laughable" then calling Susan Greenfield a luddite, then refusing to discuss the research with Susan Greenfield because he wanted to talk about "me"!!!!! Complete waste of an opportunity to discuss an interesting subject.

worraliberty Fri 07-Oct-11 11:48:56

Surely it's not all about you unless you were buying them for yourself?

If they're for your kids and they like them, you might as well suck it up and continue buying them.

Anything that gets them interested in History is a good thing imo.

I meant the radio programme he was on, to give them some feedback from a listener who was unhappy, not the TV show.

RhinoKey Fri 07-Oct-11 11:55:43

<stick fingers in ears>
I will not believe anything bad about TL, HH is the best thing since sliced bread!

valiumredhead Fri 07-Oct-11 12:00:26

I agree worraliberty!

Hatwoman Fri 07-Oct-11 13:31:02

"once you see our 4yo do the Charles II rap then it's all worth while" - don;t credit TD with this! the Charles II rap is nothing to do with him. The songs are the work of the fanastic production team, cast and writers of the TV program. was it TD up there getting a BAFTA? no. he wrote the BOOKS. he was approached by the producers (not the other way round) who wanted to use his ideas and his brand but huge amounts of credit for the TV program goes to them - not TD.

Hatwoman Fri 07-Oct-11 13:32:16

takethisone I see what you meant in your first post.

ZZZenAgain Fri 07-Oct-11 13:37:25

have never heard him in an interview so don't really know what you heard . What is his "appalling attitude" to education (someone mentioned below)? Dd has his books and she is known to sing the HH songs - King of Bling, Boudicca superstar and something like "no one else could be a worse emporer than me". She likes them.

His books might still be alright and appeal to your dc even if he is a completely obnoxious character - a lot of authors seem to have been but their books are still a good read. Just buy them second-hand or borrow them from a library if you don't want him to profit from the sale

lljkk Fri 07-Oct-11 13:49:33

He does constantly (or so it feels) slag off teachers in the audio versions we have of his books, saying basically, "I know how much you must loathe your teachers so here is a little nasty comment about them" or a similar jibe at schools, school dinners, etc. His whole manner is making jibes at things & people...
I think the books are much better than his interviews, I suspect that they have been well-edited! And the BBC broadcast version is better yet.

Dreary is primarily a comedic writer, he wrote "Terrible Tudors" in like 2 weeks (and is proud of it). He's not a historian, Just keep that in mind.

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