Includes facts about life throughout history, such as why Medieval
people were pelted with rotten vegetables in the stocks, what the
Egyptians did to bodies to make them mummies, what wild animals
gladiators were forced to fight in ancient Rome and whether Vikings
actually wore horns on their helmets.
"Mitch knows more totally useless things about useless subjects than anybody on Earth" Chris Tarrant "This is just the sort of information to give children a background to history and hopefully encourage them to delve a little deeper into this fascinating subject. They will love to appal parents, friends and teachers with the gruesome facts in the book - and the illustrations are just as gruesome." Parents in Touch (www.parentsintouch.co.uk) 20110325 "Animals, creepy crawlies and the human body are tackled in a Horrible Histories way, and each book is packed with the sort of disgusting trivia that delights children under eight." -- Toby Clements The Telegraph 20110709
Mitchell Symons was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning column for the Sunday Express.