Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
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 reminds us of a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms.
Lucy Mangan is a columnist for Stylist, a writer and TV critic for The Guardian, and the author of My Family and Other Disasters, The Reluctant Bride: One Woman’s Journey (Kicking and Screaming) Down the Aisle and Hopscotch and Handbags: The Truth about Being a Girl.
Lucy grew up in London, but both her parents were originally from Lancashire. She studied English at Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor, but worked instead in a bookshop until she found a work experience placement at The Guardian in 2003. Her writing for the Guardian is described as feminist and humorous.