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