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.

Introducing Nell and the Cave Bear

The delightful debut story from renowned illustrator of the Horrible History series.

Horrible Histories – Up in the Air

Discover all the foul facts about the history of air travel with history’s most horrible headlines: in-flight edition. From the Chinese prisoners who were sent up on kites and the brave but foolish failures who jumped from a height on home-made wings to the first real successes of the Montgolfier balloon and the Wright Brothers’ powered flight. It’s all in Horrible Histories: Up in the Air :

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Selected Horrible Histories

All At Sea

Discover all the foul facts behind the story of Britain and Ireland’s seafaring heritage.

Horrible Handbook

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

Rotten Romans

Discover all the foul facts about the Rotten Romans with history’s most horrible headlines.


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

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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

Nell & The Cave Bear

‘Running away! Cave Bear, that’s it! If the water can run away, so can we. I don’t know where it’s going, but it’s not staying here… We’ll follow the water. Wherever it goes.’

A long time ago, there was a little girl whose best friend was a cave bear cub. He had been small and frightened when Nell found him. Now that he was not so small and not so frightened, the grown-ups were not so sure he was a suitable pet. And so begins the most warm hearted adventure full of excitement and fun as Nell and Cave Bear search for a way to stay together.

The delightful debut story from renowned illustrator of the Horrible History series.

Praise for Nell and the Cave Bear


‘Nell and Cave bear have stolen my heart in this beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated young fiction book. An absolute MUST READ if you’re looking for an exciting adventure, a heartwarming tale and two loveable characters.’

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