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Imagining the life of Susan Boyle

Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle has received nearly 40 million hits on YouTube, an invitation to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and US TV network CBS has launched a search for "America's Susan Boyle" in the space of a week. Writer AL Kennedy considers why she has caught the public's imagination.

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