Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt. © Barry Pells, 2011 for Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.

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Tracy Beaker. © Nick Sharratt.

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The Illustrated Mum (Marigold). © Nick Sharratt.

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Jacqueline Wilson (in front of Tracey Beaker display). © Barry Pells, 2011 for Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.

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Jacqueline Wilson School photograph age 14. © Jacqueline Wilson.

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Jacqueline Wilson. © Gary S Weekes Photography, 2007.

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Cover illustration by Nick Sharratt taken from The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson, published by Doubleday Childrens. Used by permission of The Random House Group Limited.

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Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain's best-loved children's authors, serving as Children's Laureate (2005-2007) and - perhaps even the Queen's a fan - being made a Dame in 2008. More importantly, her nearly 100 books have sold 35m copies, so such characters as Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid and Hetty Feather - all featured in this exhibition - are probably familiar. But interestingly, the exhibition also focuses the author's life and inspiration: in fact, it is bookended by reconstructions of her childhood bedroom (along with early short stories and diaries) and of the study where she now writes. The importance of Nick Sharratt's illustrations is also recognised, with plenty of drafts and finished pictures on display.

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