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Goodbye to Judith Kerr, who made the ordinary seem extraordinary

There are many things in life that do not go according to plan. Kerr’s books are about what you do next

By Ella Risbridger  

Writer Judith Kerr is received at the Red Town Hall in Berlin, Germany in 2013. Photo: PA

There is a picture I have been thinking about for almost a quarter of a century. It is to me the picture of perfect happiness. In some ways, it is the picture around which I have shaped my whole adult life.

Aged maybe four, I saw this picture and wanted to live somewhere with cafés, and streetlights, and rain. I wanted to live somewhere with a doorbell; where I wouldn’t always…

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