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‘I was adopted at 60’

Russian writer Tamara Cheremnova has cerebral palsy and as a child in the Soviet Union was wrongfully diagnosed with learning difficulties.

She spent half a century trying to overturn this diagnosis by writing fairy tales. At 62 she finally found a family and is now known as the Storyteller of Siberia.

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‘I was adopted at 60’

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