Magazine article History Today

New Generation Prize

Magazine article History Today

New Generation Prize

Article excerpt

Given for a book that will stimulate enthusiasm for, and involvement with history, among secondary school children. In this wide-ranging category which can include school textbooks, historical fiction and illustrated titles, the judges Chris Wrigley, Don Henson and Sean Lang put emphasis on books that adopted an innovative approach to conveying historical information and ideas with flair and imagination.

WINNER

Alex Butterworth and Ray Laurence Pompeii: The living City (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). This is an innovative attempt to mix the latest archaeological knowledge with the imagination of a fiction writer, and to reconstruct life in the last twenty years of the city's existence. For those who have enjoyed Robert Harris's novel or the lurid Rome series on TV recently, this book bridges the gap between the two, but is far more grounded in the academic realities than either. (See page 62 for review).

RUNNER UP

Daniel Mersey Arthur. …

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