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Jacqueline Wilson opens up about society's expectations of marriage

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Jacqueline Wilson has opened up about the difficulties in her former marriage and how societal expectations of her relationship meant that she felt compelled to keep the partnership alive.

“My marriage was OK, but my ex-husband and I didn’t have an enormous amount in common,” said Wilson – who has penned 06 spellbinding novels to date – during a refreshingly honest interview with The Telegraph.

Jacqueline Wilson

The author has written 106 novels to date

Wilson continued: “For many years I stuck it out because that is what you did. Although in actual fact, my husband eventually left me. We’re still relatively friendly and the last 20 years since we’ve been separated have been wonderful.”


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Wilson, 71, said that her parent’s unhappy marriage made her desire a steady relationship.

“My parents didn’t get on, they rowed a lot, but in those days you stuck together even if you didn’t have much in common,” said the author.

She added: “I always hoped I’d have a lovely peaceful marriage because my parents didn’t, but perhaps that made me too determined.”

Jacqueline Wilson

The author is an avid reader

Although the marriage came to an end, Wilson’s relationship with her daughter is a prime example of the strength of the mother and daughter bond.

“My daughter Emma is the love of my life,” she told The Guardian in 2012. “I adore her. I've been so lucky.”


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Speaking about her daughter – who is also the author of six novels – Wilson continued: “We've always been close and now she's grown up we're still great friends. I had Emma when I was very young. We played together and I read to her, and we sort of discovered culture together. I had not really been to art galleries or museums as a child so I discovered them through her childhood. We chat on the phone every day now and recommend books to each other and meet whenever we can go shopping and see an exhibition.”

She added: “This is my chance to be an irritatingly proud parent. Emma is now in her 40s and she is a professor of French literature and film at Cambridge University. I left school at 16 and her father at 15, so you can see why we're so proud of her.”

Whether it’s through this interview, or The Suitcase Kid, Wilson knows how to deliver some refreshing honesty on the way that we think about relationships.

And for those of you who have just taken a literary trip down memory lane, let it be known — you’re never too old to re-read The Double Act.

Photos: Rex Features

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