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Nick Arnold (writer)

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Nick Arnold (born 4 August 1964)[1] is a British writer of science books for children. He is best known for the long series Horrible Science, illustrated by Tony De Saulles,[2][3] and the short series Wild Lives, illustrated by Jane Cope. His other works include some published under the name Robert Roland.[1]

Arnold was born in Cambridge, England.[4] His first published works appeared as a result of a project he was working on at the University of North London, when he was trying to teach young children. A positive review was written about him, and he started to write the Horrible Science books.

Arnold left school with many history qualifications but decided to become a writer. He found it hard to get published however. He became an editor in London hoping that "working as an editor might help him get his own books published". In London, he struggled to find work, eventually taking a job editing science books. Nick began to write articles with a friend named Vip Patel. Some of these ended up in the Guardian newspaper. Eventually he was out of work and decided to write books so wrote to every publisher in Britain requesting work. Scholastic pitched to him the concept of a series named "Horrible Science", and Arnold soon wrote Ugly Bugs. An illustrator for Scholastic named Tony De Saulles was hired as the illustrator for the series. This book was released alongside Blood, Bones and Body Bits, and the high sales solidified the series. In 1998, he broke his arm whilst performing a Horrible Science show. He finished the show and signed books before being rushed to the hospital. In 2004, Arnold became the first British author to tour China. He and Tony De Saulles filmed a TV show there and promoted the Chinese edition of the Horrible Science series.

In 2006, Arnold founded the Appledore Book Festival after leading a campaign to save the Appledore village library from closure.[5] Two years later, Arnold achieved publicity for his claim to have located the site of the Battle of Cynuit, fought between Saxons and Danes in 878.[6][7][8]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Children's literature : Jerry D. Thomas, The Clue of the Black Keys, List of Middle-earth animals, Hairy Maclary Scattercat, Jon Turley, The House That Had Enough, Foul Football
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  • Horrible Science
  • Wild Lives
  • List of children's non-fiction writers


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Roland at Library of Congress Authorities identifies Roland as a pseudonym of Arnold and gives his date of birth citing the British Library (BL). Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  2. Chilton, Martin (2013-03-07). "Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 winners: Tom Gates triumphs". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. Amos, Jonathan (2004-06-14). "Bryson wins £10,000 science prize". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  4. "Nick's Horrible Life". Nick Arnold (nickarnold-website.com). Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  5. Clarke, Lewis (2017-10-01). "Jeremy Vine and Paxman bring curtain down on "amazing" Appledore Book Festival". devonlive. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  6. Savill, Richard (2008-09-18). "Horrible Science author claims to have found Viking battle site". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  7. "The 'sequel' to the Battle of Hastings has been tracked down to north Devon". The Independent. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  8. "'Hastings sequel' battlefield found". BBC News. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2018-01-24.

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