A FAMOUS author signed copies of his new book when he paid a visit to Hartlepool.
Terry Deary, who penned the massively popular Horrible Histories series, met fans during the book signing at WH Smith, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
His new read is titled Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire and is aimed at adult fans.
Terry, who lives in County Durham, said: “So many people have told me they grew up with Horrible Histories. I wanted to move forward with them and give them something that was going to entrain them and offer them a very human, funny, and subversive take on a certain period of history.
“Again I have delved into the darker, the more dangerous and horrible aspects.
“You can learn a lot from the horrible.”
The book gives readers an overview of the roman era and offers fresh insights into the rise and fall of an empire.
Written with the author’s trademark dark humour, it focuses on acts and fates of spoiled emperors, from murder by poison mushrooms to torturous tarring and boiling lead.
Terry added: “They made days in Rome as dangerous as any in history.”
Terry’s Horrible Histories books have sold over 25 million copies and inspired a BAFTA-winning children’s TV series and West End stage show.