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.