Educational Writers' Award goes to Bill Bryson
9th December 2010
Bill Bryson has been handed the 2010 Educational Writers' Award by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society and the Society of Authors for his A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.
The writer was presented with the GBP 2,000 award by Lord Hill, parliamentary under secretary of state for schools, during the All Party Writers Group's winter reception at the House of Commons.
Bryson shared the prize with Felicia Law, who worked with him to edit and abridge the work so it was suitable for younger readers.
The judging panel commented: 'Deeply engaging, A Really Short History of Nearly Everything triumphantly links an informal approach to profound content, without being in any way trivial or condescending.'
Other works shortlisted for the Educational Writers' Award included Ben Crystal's Shakespeare on Toast, Do You Think You're Clever? by John Farndon and A Slice of Pi by Liz Strachan.
Last year, the prize was won by Steve Alton, Nick Sharratt and Sally Symes for their 'disgustingly good' Gooey, Chewy, Rumble, Plop Book.