Martin Brown

Best selling illustrator and author Martin Brown was born and raised in Australia and spend most of his free time doodling and drawing. Then, with food and water, he grew up, moved to the UK, and got the job of his dreams – doodling and drawing.

Lesser Spotted Animals


The brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about.

Horrible Histories

It’s history with the nasty bits left in.

Discover all the foul facts behind the story of Britain and Ireland’s seafaring heritage. From the early explorers to the Pilgrim Fathers, the horrors of the slave trade to the particular appeal of a piratical life, the Royal Navy to the Merchant Navy, ship-building tales, fishing traditions and beyond, it’s all in Horrible Histories: All at Sea. A brand new classic Horrible Histories book, perfect for fans old and new.

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Selected Horrible Histories

Terrible Trenches Field Book

This commemorative guide to life on the Front Line marks 100 years since the end of the war with full-colour illustrations, fact file fold-outs, trench letters and much, much more

Horrible Handbook

The Movie Handbook is the ideal horribly hilarious guide to the characters, settings and story behind Horrible Histories, the Movie: Rotten Romans. 

Crackin Castles

From Tintagel Castle in Cornwall to Skibo Castle in the Scottish highlands, Crackin’ Castles covers the history of Britain from the time of the Romans to the London Blitz. 


The cultural behemoth that has been merrily illustrating the gruesome corners of the past for children since 1993

- The Times



- mail on Sunday


They tell you things you don’t know, they make you laugh, they don’t talk down to you. To get all three, you’ve hit the jackpot.

-Professor Mary Beard

Lesser Spotted Animals

Lesser Spotted Animals

The world of Lesser Spotted Animals starts HERE! Discover the brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know anything about – from the numbat to the zorilla and everything in between.

Lesser Spotted Animals 2

Discover more brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about from the altai argali to the yellow-throated marten

Praise for Lesser Spotted Animals


Brilliantly funny and the illustrations are a Hoot

– BBC Wildlife Magazine


Packed full of fun with plenty of icky bits

– Independent


Informative and funny

– Kirkus Reviews (US)

Joint WINNER UKLA Awards 2018 7 to 11 Category

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