According to British poet Clare Pollard's excellent book, Fierce Bad Rabbits, most authors behind our best-loved picture books were working through some form of trauma. Dr Seuss (pictured right) - born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Massachusetts in 1904 - lost an 18-month-old sister to pneumonia when he was three and never forgot the sight of her tiny casket. His Cat In The Hat books (inset) were full of equally tiny words. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Eric Carle (pictured left, and his book inset) knew all about hunger, with a childhood blighted by World War II.
Heartbreak of the $100m blockbuster: Six centuries old, it's the best-preserved Gutenberg Bible in the world. And its extraordinary history is a thrilling page-turner
The Gutenberg Bible (right), says Margaret Leslie Davis, is 'a masterpiece of world culture... the most beautiful work of printing the world has ever known'. The Bibles were made in 1456 by Johann Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, for distribution to churches, convents and monasteries. On March 11, 1947 one of 49 copies of the Gutenberg was auctioned off for £22,000 to Sir Philip Beaumont Frere, a private collector. He sold it almost immediately, for a £3,000 profit, to Estelle Doheny (left). But Estelle, who enjoyed collecting prayer books and early sacred texts, had advanced glaucoma - and was never able to read it.
Pitch perfect! His mother was a prostitute and he was barely educated, but Neville Cardus rose to become the most revered cricket writer in the world
Two beautifully written books (inset) reflect on how sports writing has changed and the impact of Neville Cardus (pictured left), from Manchester, who became one of the best-paid journalists in history. Born illegitimate, into poverty in 1888, Neville never knew his father and his mother worked as a prostitute. He went on to single-handedly change the nature of writing about sports and developed a close friendship with cricketer Donald Bradman (pictured right with his team mates).
The beauty who broke Marlon Brando: Hollywood star claimed his wife was an exotic Indian actress - but he was appalled to discover she was a butcher's assistant from Cardiff
On 11 October 1957, Hollywood actor Marlon Brando (right), who'd always had a taste for Oriental and Asian girls, married Anna Kashfi (left), 'a 23-year-old actress from Darjeeling.' Except, as the press disclosed the next morning, he'd done no such thing. Anna Kashfi was really Joan Mary O'Callaghan from Cardiff, a former cashier in a butcher's shop, where she'd been 'surrounded by sausages'.