Bryson wins Educational Writers' Award

<p>Bill Bryson has won the 2010 Educational Writers&#39; Award for <em>A Really Short History of Nearly Everything</em>, abridged by Felicia Law (Corgi Children&#39;s)</p><p> The award was made at the All Party Writers Group winter reception at the House of Commons, with Bryson and Law sharing the &pound;2,000 winner&#39;s cheque.</p><p>The 2010 award focused on books for 12 to 18-year-olds published in 2009 and 2010. </p><p>Also shortlisted were Ben Crystal for <em>Shakespeare on Toast </em>(Icon Books); John Farndon for D<em>o You Think You&rsquo;re Clever?</em> (Icon Books) and Liz Strachan for <em>A Slice of Pi </em>(Constable).</p><p>The judges&mdash;school librarian Maggy Campbell, teacher Louise Gerrard and writer Stewart Ross&mdash; called Bryson&#39;s book &quot;a very rare creation indeed&mdash;a non-fiction book for younger readers that may be classed as literature.&quot; </p><p>Bryson said he was &quot;honoured&quot; to be considered for the award. He said: &quot;Any initiative that encourages young people to read is obviously to be applauded.&quot;</p><p>The Educational Writers&#39; Award was created by the Authors&rsquo; Licensing &amp; Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors in 2008 to &quot;celebrate educational writing that inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely and build up their understanding of a subject beyond the requirements of exam specifications&quot;. It is the only UK Award that focuses on educational<br />non-fiction. </p>