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Creative, Successful, Dyslexic by Margaret Rooke

One of the things that fascinated me while researching my new book Creative, Successful, Dyslexic is what some of the great and the good got up to during their time at school.

World champion racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart OBE faked sickness: “I had more ‘illnesses’ than you can count to try to avoid going into school,” he says.

Photographer David Bailey CBE and chef Ed Baines played truant. “I spent a lot of time on London Underground, visiting almost every station on the map,” Baines told me.

Adventurer Charley Boorman, President of Dyslexia Action, remembers mucking around. “I know a lot of kids who are dyslexic do become the class clown to distract from their weaknesses or to get attention they are not getting in other ways.”

And Harry Potter and Poirot actor Zoë Wanamaker CBE says she daydreamed. “In class I was always somewhere else, looking out of the window,” she says.  “I think the teachers saw me as another creature.”

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“Creative, Successful, Dyslexic” new book by Margaret Rooke

Jessica Kingsley Publishers have produced a book by Margaret Rooke providing inspirational real-life stories of successful people who just happen to have dyslexia. Twenty-three well known people from the arts, sport and business worlds describe the effect of being dyslexic on their lives, from difficulties and challenges at school to leading them to discovering their potential in other areas of life. Darcey Bussell, Sir Richard Branson and Eddie Izzard amongst others, talk openly about the challenges they have faced and overcome and the help and support they needed and received along the way.