Frank Cottrell Boyce has won the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for The Unforgotten Coat. It was a book that according to the Guardian came about in an unusual way: it was commissioned for charity rather than for commercial purposes.
“It wasn’t a commercial book at all – it came from a very different place,” he said. “The Reader Organisation promotes reading to all kinds of different groups, from kids with difficulties to alcoholics, and they were looking for a book which would cross all the groups. They found it very difficult to find, so I wrote this as a gift.”
The Guardian Prize is given out by other writers, making the award all the more special.