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Author Shirley Hughes dies aged 94

Author Shirley Hughes dies aged 94

Children’s author and illustrator, Shirley Hughes, who was best known for creating the Alfie book series and the picture book, Dogger, has died age 94.

‘Shirley died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday 25th February,’ her family said in a statement.

Hughes studied drawing and costume design at the Liverpool School of Art, and fine art at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art.

She went on to have a successful career as a writer and illustrator, illustrating 200 children’s book over her career, and selling more than 10 million copies.

The popular series Alfie was first published in 1977 and follows the experiences of a young boy and his sister, Annie Rose.

Her book, Dogger, which was equally beloved, was centred around a little boy who loses his stuffed dog toy.

She is survived by her three children, Ed, Clare, and Tom.