Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 07/03/2019
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Delightfully nostalgic
An interesting and fun read, the author is a little younger than me but it was a nice trip down memory lane as we read many of the same books. One of the ... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
Absolutely Wonderful!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. Ahh, I completely adored this book with every fibre of my being! Lucy Mangan's... READ MORE
Kate at Sutton
Perfectly encompasses what it means to be a bookworm.
Regardless of the books they read as a child, any bookworm will feel a strong sense of camaraderie with Lucy as she meanders through the books of her child... READ MORE
Nostalgic to the max!
As a booklover I thought this book would be perfect. I'm not the same generation as Mangan and so all the books she related to and loved as a child had sim... READ MORE
Feel the bookish love
For me, this was like a conversation with a likeminded soul. Lucy Mangan writes with such humour about the books that were formative for her as a child and... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield


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 Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784709228
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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A book for book lovers.
This is a pleasant read for anyone who grew up reading and devouring books. Any book that you read as a child is included here. Also a potted history of al... READ MORE
Ian Paternoster
Perfect for bookworms of a certain age
This was a delight - not as a cover to cover, one-sitting read, but as a book to dip in and out of and remember my own childhood reading. Lucy Mangan is o... READ MORE
Joanna Broadbent