Shirley Hughes: 'learning to look at pictures is a skill' – video

The beloved author of Alfie and Dogger talks about her new book Daisy Saves The Day, set during the coronation of King George V

Listen to Shirley Hughes talk about what inspired her new book Daisy Saves The Day which is set at the same time as the coronation of King George V, when girls from poorer families went into service as maids at a very young age – leaving their families and homes behind.

Twelve-year-old Daisy wants to do well as a scullery maid, but finds the work so very hard. Shirley Hughes did loads of historical research into what children really went through at this time, and found out about the shocking amount of work children had to do to help run a house.

You can find out more about about Shirley's inspirations for the book in her fascinating website daisysavestheday.co.uk which includes original artwork for the book.

Daisy Saves The Day is available at the Guardian bookshop.

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