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21st November 2003 at 00:00
Jacqueline Wilson's award-winning novel The Illustrated Mum is a compassionate study of Marigold, who has manic depression, and the struggle her two daughters have to keep the family together. Suitable for readers aged 10-plus, it also has important messages for adults about the wider effects of mental illness and the parent-child bond. It's been filmed for Channel 4Learning and we talk to Michelle Collins, who plays Marigold, in My Best Teacher on page 4. Jacqueline Wilson has signed six copies of The Illustrated Mum to give away to Friday readers. To be in with a chance of winning , just tell us the names of Marigold's daughters. Send your answer, with your name and address, to or the address below. Mark your message Illustrated Mum. The first six correct entries drawn on November 27 will win.

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