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Summary

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 left the house only 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 and 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 rereadings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate - and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born and unrepentant bookworm.

Cover credit: Laura Barrett

©2018 Lucy Mangan (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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reliving my youth

loved this, was as of I was back to my own childhood. I got excited every time she talked about a book I had read. easy listening and well read.

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just utterly fabulous.

I was delighted, moved and reminded of the best books and the best bits of my childhood. I laughed six different kinds of laugh and three different kinds of cry, including that ugly snivelling cry that can win actors a Bafta. Thank you, wonderful Lucy Mangan for this excellent history of children's literature by way of '80s kid memoir, love story, and recommended reading list.

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Very sweet

This is a lovely, funny, evocative memoir of childhood reading. Lots for any book lover to identify with.

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Very boring.

A woman who remembers reading when she was in nursery is very much full of it. What a waste of my time. I did not get anything out of the book did not enjoy it and would not suggest it to others. This may be a brutal review; however, I honestly can not see what anyone would get from this book other than being bored to sleep. Sorry just my opinion others might love the ramblings of a woman who enjoyed nothing but reading in her whole entire life.

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One book description after another!

Monotonous narration of book descriptions, if there's a story it gets lost as I struggled to keep attention. Couldn't be bothered to finish it!

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  • Donna (Girl Who Reads)
  • 30-07-18

Interesting look at literature

It was interesting, particularly some of the historical tidbits that were shared about authors and books. At times, I felt like it was a survey of British literature but as she moved into adolescent books I started recognizing more of the titles.

A free audiobook was provided by Audible.

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  • Emmie Stuart
  • 03-07-18

A pure delight!

I can't say enough good things about Mangan's memoir. Her writing is smart, warm, and oh so relatable. I loved the audiobook so much that I ordered several copies of the hard copy and forced them on my mom, sister, and kindred-spirit friends.