Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading (Hardback)
  • Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading (Hardback)

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading (Hardback)

Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 01/03/2018

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Waterstones Says

Lucy Mangan takes us on a tour of favourite childhood reading haunts from Narnia to NIMH in her beautifully nostalgic memoir - a must for any lifelong book-lover - Bookworm.

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.

Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780224098854
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm


'I consumed Mangan's beguiling book in the same feverish way I once tore through The Borrowers, or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' - The Guardian

"Many grown bookworms will identify with the nostalgic comforts of this love letter to reading." -The Observer

"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

"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 

"Beautiful and moving, it twirled me back in time to when books were my only friends and triggered all kinds of sweet memories of how books comforted me when nothing else could. It will kickstart a cascade of nostalgia for countless people." - Marian Keyes

"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

"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

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Stephen B at Darlington

“Separated at birth”

What a wonderful read!

I remember that feeling of cracking into a new book with utter pleasure and drifting away for hours into the world of imagination that the author had gifted you.

Also, after reading this I... More

Hardback edition
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“Absolutely essential reading for book lovers.”

Thank you, Lucy Mangan! This book has brought me so much pleasure. I have relished every word, laughed out loud and been bathed in a warm, nostalgic glow which has made me late back from tea breaks and almost... More

Hardback edition
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Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

“An absolute joy of a book!”

Absolutely brilliant! A book filled with 'me too' moments for any child and adult bookworm. I think I must be a similar age to the author as I felt like she was working her way through my own childhood... More

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