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Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading Hardcover – 1 Mar 2018
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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)
About the Author
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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I to was a bookworm , reading anything, everywhere , by torch light , street light , huddled in a corner whilst life went on around me .I have missed a fair few meals because I didn't even know it was meal time !
Lucy perfectly captures the ' just one more page / chapter ' accurately. It had some very warm passages where I laughed out aloud . I did enjoy the tales behind the stories , and am pleased I'm not alone disliking the cat in the hat intensely .
This book perfectly captures the pure pleasure of a reader, the smell of books and bookshops , the feel of each new page on your hand and fingers, as you journeyed with each character .The utter joy of opening a parcel and hoping its the book you've yearned for !
I have read so many of these books and especially loved the Ruggles family .
It was an utter joy to know that there are those like me , reviewers and Lucy alike ,lost in the world of words and the magic they impart to those responsive to text .
I have also spent a great deal of time in tears reading this book ( hence the title )
I lost all my childhood books , one day I had a bookshelf full , then they were gone , as a family illness broke our home and family up. I hadn't understood till now how much the books and stories meant to me .
A recommended read, well done.
Reading this book returned me to the feeling of being a new reader again, of discovering magical worlds even of how I felt when I actually began to read properly and the words just flowed through me. Moments came back to me too; how I felt when I ordered my very first, bought it myself hardback, about the climbing of Everest and how it felt when I was first allowed upstairs to the adult public library and having no real idea where I should begin!
A wonderful read for the bookworms among us!
As the books subtitle says it's a memoir of childhood reading. I read it over the Bank holiday weekend and was swept along by her growing up among and through so many children's books. The relaxed and easy to read style is packed full of those little insights into a child growing up that any reader will identify with. The introductions to the wealth of children's books we meet as Lucy progresses through childhood were just wonderful and were always so much more than just a list of authors and titles.
Reading through this book you will meet many authors and titles you know but you will also meet an astonishing number you probably have never heard of. It was worth the purchase price just to be introduced to a heap of books that you will be eager to dive into. You're never to old to enjoy a great children's book.
Bookworm is a funny and endearing tour of Lucy Mangan's childhood reading which delivers a glowing insight into the eccentricities of the author's family, as well as a carefully researched account of the origins of many of our most beloved children's titles. Perhaps more importantly, it also maps out a solid set of references to guide me as I seek to broaden my own little daughter's reading tastes. Is it too late for baby's first feminist tract, Sugarpink Rose, I wonder? - although I see that it probably is, with only one copy available on Amazon for a singular £192.
This is a delightful book, and one which I will pass on to others who share my, and Lucy's, love of the written word.
It may have also helped me appreciate my son and his behaviours more- I have now reduced the times I tell him to stop reading and go and play outside!
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