Since 1996 writer Nick Arnold and his illustrator Tony de Saulles have been amusing, informing and grossing-out their readers with their enormously popular and award-winning series of Horrible Science books, which cover every subject known to science. There are now over 40 titles in the series available in 24 countries and in 27 different languages, having sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.
Arnold has been writing stories since he was a boy and even then his favourite topics were horrible goings-on – the more gruesome the better! His first published work came about when he was working on a project teaching children about nature for the University of North London. This led on to magazine articles and a staggering number of books.
Arnold also campaigns for libraries, promoting children’s literacy and is the founder of the Appledore Book Festival, which he directed for five years until 2011.
In addition to writing books on science, Arnold is interested in historical writing and research. He holds a postgraduate degree in history from the University of York and his discovery of the battlefield of Cynuit – a crucial battle from 878 gained international recognition.