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Mum-of-four couldn't read or write before she was 39 - now she has a book deal

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Cut through the noise by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox "It's like Educating Rita......but it's me." As a child, Mum-of-three Karen Woods was always a 'class clown', who on the surface did not care about learning.

But the dream was always there. She had always loved books - the smell of them, the way they felt. She even used to fold up bits of paper to make her own.

Karen just never had the words to put in them. Born in Miles Platting, she could not read or write the age of 39. READ MORE: Amy Winehouse's mum recalls last words to daughter ahead of tenth anniversary of her death But now, at 52, Karen is an established author who has just signed a two-book deal with a major publishing house. "I have always

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