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Bookworm : A Memoir of Childhood Reading

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A love letter to the joys of childhood reading from Wonderland to Narnia.

'Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated' Jacqueline Wilson
'I felt like this was written just for me, and I think everyone will feel this way' Jenny Colgan
'Beautiful and moving... It will kickstart a cascade of nostalgia for countless people' Marian Keyes

When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one.

She was whisked away to Narnia - and Kirrin Island - and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. She wandered the countryside with Milly-Molly-Mandy, and played by the tracks with the Railway Children. With Charlotte's Web she discovered Death and with Judy Blume it was Boys. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library or to spend her pocket money on amassing her own at home.

In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. She also disinters a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.

Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life - prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate - and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 32mm | 453g
  • SQUARE PEG
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224098853
  • 9780224098854
  • 88,314

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"A delicously nostalgic treat that will make you want to pull out all those old favourites again"
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"Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated" -- Jacqueline Wilson "I felt like this was written just for me, and I think everyone will feel this way" -- Jenny Colgan "THE most wonderful, funny, clever, charming, evocative book." * India Knight * "A book for people who love books, by a person who loves books. Bookworms unite (or just sit in our separate corners and read!)" * Stylist * "A delicously nostalgic treat that will make you want to pull out all those old favourites again" * Good Housekeeping * "Artfully evokes that particular magic of reading as a child... Deliciously unrepentant, Mangan's Bookworm makes a timely case not just for how vital reading is, but also for rereading books as a child, and how reading remains consoling, fortifying and, sometimes, magical." * The Sunday Times * "A wonderful romp through the pages of childhood, illuminated by wisdom, humour and enthusiasm." * Bernard Cornwell * "What Mangan does brilliantly is express the experience of reading and articulate the emotional connections we make with stories. She understands how books become entwined in our lives and help us make sense of the world. You don't need to have enjoyed the same books as she has to recognise the pure, life-affirming joy of reading that Bookworm celebrates so eloquently." * The Observer * "Lucy Mangan has enough comic energy to power the National Grid... We need this new memoir about her childhood of being a bookworm. It's enchanting." * The Spectator * "To read Lucy Mangan's memoir of growing up bookish is to be taken back to a time in life when reading wasn't merely a gentle pleasure or mild obligation but an activity as essential as breathing." * Guardian * "Anyone who has ever preferred books to life will recognise Lucy Mangan as a kindred spirit. Her moving, funny, honest and superbly-written memoir about how childhood reading shapes our personalities, memories and chances could not be more timely or more needed in an age of library closures, embattled Humanities teaching and Philistinism." * Amanda Craig * "Lucy Mangan's passionate, amusing and nostalgic reflection upon her favourite children's books deserves to become as much of a classic as the novels she revisits." * Sunday Express * "A witty and thorough history of reading for children from the 17th century to the present day. Fiercely unsentimental and often funny, it's a memoir that will strike a ringing chord with anyone who spent most of their childhood glued to a book." * Irish Times * "Deft, warm and beautifully balanced. Made me smile. Made me glow. Made me think again and again." * Jason Hazeley, co-author of the adult Ladybird series * "Funny, nostalgic and super-interesting... Warm, witty and a must-read for every bookworm." * The Sun * "The Guardian columnist has composed an enthusiastic love letter to childhood reading, and the classic books that have shaped many young lives, as well as providing a resource and guide on how to build a children's library" * Guardian * "Funny and engaging." -- Sue Barraclough * Irish News * "Bookworm is for anyone who longed to be on Kirrin Island with the Famous Five, slip through a back of a wardrobe into Narnia or will always think fondly of the penis named Ralph in Judy Blume's Forever" * Red Magazine * "A warm, witty story about stories and the way they shape us." -- Lucy Brookes * CultureWhisper * "Lucy Mangan's passionate, amusing and nostalgic reflection upon her favourite children's books deserves to become as much of a classic as the novels she revisits." -- Charlotte Heathcote * Sunday Express *
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About Lucy Mangan

Lucy Mangan is a columnist for Guardian Weekend magazine and Stylist, and the author of My Family and Other Disasters, The Reluctant Bride and Hopscotch and Handbags.
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1,023 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 35% (354)
4 44% (449)
3 18% (180)
2 3% (32)
1 1% (8)
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