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"I, Coriander" Takes U.K. Prize

Sally Gardner, the author of I, Coriander and the winner of the U.K.'s Nestlé prize for children's literature, did not learn to read until she was fourteen years old. A former costume designer, Gardner tells The Independent,

"In the theatre world, my dyslexia had been a problem, but in the world of publishing, it has been less so. That I can't spell is a great irritant to people having to deal with my manuscripts, but it's the ideas that count."

Although she doesn't say so directly, Gardner's words are a powerful testament to the copy editor, who so often plays an important behind-the-scene role.

For a short biography of Gardner, which contains remarkably similar information to the Independent's (surf Web + get quote = reporting?), check the publisher Penguin's site. Click on the interesting interview there, too.

Children in the U.K. vote on the Nestlé awards; for a list of the runners-up, the press release can be found here.


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