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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; 1st edition, 1st impression edition (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370326059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370326054
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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‘No one can match Shirley Hughes in the simple mastery of both words and pictures.’ -- The Times Educational Supplement.

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An outstanding gift book, lavishly illustrated with her own and other people's art and containing hitherto unpublished drawings with a personal text in the form of a story which details Shirley Hughes' remarkable life as an illustrator.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I decided to buy this book because I always loved Shirley Hughes's stories when I was a child. It is beautifully presented - there are so many sketches put together and photographs from Shirley Hughes’s youth. It is a warm and cosy book that is a joy to be dipped in to. Shirley Hughes is such a good author and this biography is full of more funny little anecdotes. It is interesting to see a range of pictures and sketches she has done that are not all linked to her children books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a reader from London on 24 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is an interesting mix of the factual, practical and philosophical. It doesn't give a huge amount away about the author's personal life beyond her youth, which she guards perhaps for reasons of modesty or privacy (or maybe because it is happily uneventful). It is very much the story of her working life and times, and she tells you quite a lot about the thought processes that go into her work, gives perspective on her own output and reveals the treasured illustrators who influenced her.

It also offers an insight into the workings of the publishing world from the viewpoint of one who is involved with it but stands slightly apart from it, and is a perceptive record of the social history of her own time and milieu.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves illustrated books in general or Shirley Hughes' work in particular, or who just enjoys eavesdropping someone else's shoptalk.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Robinson on 18 Jan. 2009
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This is a beautiful book, a dream to read and with her excellent illustratons. I learnt a little of Miss Hughes's life but for me it left me wanting more. It goes into detail about her life as an ilustrator which is exactly what I expected but only gives a brief glimpse into her background and I as a reader of biographies was left wanting more!
Well worth reading and buying just for her work.
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