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* Dyslexia affects about 4 per cent of the population

* It is far more common in Britain and France than in Italy

* Both sexes suffer from the condition in equal measure, but boys are three times more likely than girls to receive special help at school

* In 1998, Pamela Phelps was awarded more than pound;46,000 by Hillingdon council for its failure to recognise and help with her dyslexia

* About 10,000 dyslexics are studying at university

* Eddie Izzard, Richard Branson, Anita Roddick, Jamie Oliver and Robbie Williams all have dyslexia

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