Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks hails excitement and fun of history-writing prize

Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks hails excitement and fun of history-writing prizeBestselling author Sebastian Faulks is judging Chalke Valley History PrizeIt is run by Daily Mail and Penguin Books and challenges young writersThe novelists has berated the downgrading of history in schoolsHe said it must regain its 'central place' and is as important as science By David Wilkes PUBLISHED: 02:05 GMT, 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:06 GMT, 11 March 2013 Judge: Bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks, who is a judge in this year's Chalke Valley History Prize, wants more pupils to study history Novelist Sebastian Faulks berated the downgrading of history in schools yesterday as he urged youngsters to take up their pens and 'discover the excitement of the living past’ through writing. The bestselling author, a judge in this year’s Chalke Valley History Prize, said: 'History needs to regain its central place in schools. 'It’s every bit as important as science, maths and English

New Year Honours: Children"s illustrator Quentin Blake who sketched Roald Dahl books celebrates 80th birthday with a knighthood

Children's illustrator Quentin Blake who sketched Roald Dahl books celebrates 80th birthday with a knighthood | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 29 December 2012 Children's author and artist Quentin Blake is best known for illustrating Roald Dahl's books Children's author and artist Quentin Blake, best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, will receive a knighthood. Mr Blake said the honour was an excellent present for his recent 80th birthday – but added that many of his fans already assume he is a Sir. He said: ‘The funny thing is that my books are published a lot in France and Germany and I get a lot of letters from people there who think I have got it already, so I suppose this kind of regularises it.

It"s the most awkward time of year! Family photos show off the best festive poses

It's the most awkward time of the year! Family photos show off the best of the worst festive poses | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 12 December 2012 Ugly sweaters, lopsided trees and feigned expressions of merriment – what would Christmas be without your very special and uniquely awkward family The Parental Guidance Awkward Holiday Photo Contest encourages families everywhere to share their nightmare snaps from festive holiday albums. The competition runs until December 19 and the winner will get goody bags of the popular website's books and board games. The new comedy Parental Guidance, released on Christmas Day, stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei

Grotesque legacy of censors who failed us

Grotesque legacy of censors who failed us | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 11 December 2012 Internet age: Every child or teenager with a smartphone or laptop has access to grotesque filth at the touch of a button (picture posed by model) Decades too late, the British Board of Film Classification announces a crackdown on sexually violent films, whose insidious spread it has done so much to encourage. Ever since the 1960s, the BBFC has been in the vanguard of the permissive society, allowing increasingly graphic material to be seen by ever younger audiences. Only now, after feeding an appetite for obscenity that has done untold social damage, do the censors acknowledge concerns that such films could ‘normalise rape and other forms of violence and offer a distorted view of women’

Fifty Shades of Statistics: Last summer"s raunchiest reads are broken down into facts and figures of filth

Fifty Shades of statistics: Last summer's raunchiest reads are broken down into facts and figures of fornication Delayed Gratification magazine trawled through all three of EL James' bestselling books to break down the best bits and kinkiest scenesThe statistics show that each book has fewer pages of sex than the last | UPDATED: 14:09 GMT, 30 November 2012 Smash hit: Author EL James posing with her book Fifty Shades of Grey at a book signing They were the undisputed literary hits of the summer breaking all sorts of records as copies flew off the shelves at unimaginable speed. But rather than enjoying racy scenes featuring Anastasia and Christian Grey, a quarterly magazine has taken a more analytical approach to reading EL James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy