Jacqueline Wilson: my mother slept with a gun under her pillow Children’s author says she told her

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Tuesday June 7, 2022 at 3:41pm
The children’s author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, has said her elderly mother slept with a gun beneath her pillow.

Wilson, creator of the Tracy Beaker series, told an audience at the Hay festival in Wales that she was the daughter of a character more colourful than any she had written – and that she was terrified her mother might shoot her by accident, and persuaded her to get rid of it.

Speaking in a talk recorded for BBC Radio 4’s This Cultural Life, she recalled how she had made the discovery: “One time, when she was very elderly and I went to visit her, because I’m an only child so I had to keep an eye on her, she said, ‘I’ve got something wonderful I’m keeping under my pillow’.

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