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L Shaped Room's author admits shock at own book

12 August 2010 Last updated at 10:16 BST

In 1960 Lynne Reid Banks published her debut novel, The L Shaped Room, about a young unmarried woman who becomes pregnant.

She told the BBC her mother had warned her against publishing the novel under her real name, in case people believed it was semi-autobiographical.

And 50 years on, Ms Reid Banks admitted to being "shocked myself" after reading it again recently for a radio programme.