Bookworm by Lucy Mangan
A Memoir of Childhood Reading

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What Mangan is mostly writing about is her greatest hits of childhood reading and, assuming yours overlap, this is pure pleasure.
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The Cat in the Hat? Barbar? The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Whoever it was for you, it’s very hard to forget the vivid intensity of your first encounter with a book.

As a bespectacled young bookworm, Lucy Mangan devoured books: from early picture books, to Swallows and Amazons, Enid Blyton to Little Women, and from trashy teen romances to her first proper ‘grown-up’ novels. In Bookworm, she revisits this early enthusiasm; celebrating the enduring classics, and disinterring some forgotten treasures.

This is a love letter to the joys of childhood reading, full of enthusiasm and wit, telling the colourful story of our best-loved children's books, the extraordinary people who created them, and the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. It also comes packed with brilliant recommendations to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.

This impassioned book will bring the unforgettable characters of our collective childhoods back to life – prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate. It will also act as an invaluable guide to anyone looking to build a children’s library and wondering where to start, or where to go next.

 

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Published April 24, 2018 by Square Peg. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Mar 10 2018

What Mangan is mostly writing about is her greatest hits of childhood reading and, assuming yours overlap, this is pure pleasure.

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Reviewed by Fiona Noble on Feb 27 2018

This more academic inspection jars with the confessional tone and lacks context...What Mangan does brilliantly is express the experience of reading and articulate the emotional connections we make with stories.

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