The Child That Books Built
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9780571214679
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Binding: Paperback

The Child That Books Built

Francis Spufford

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Francis Spufford relives both delight and sadness in this widely celebrated memoir of a boy who retreats into books when faced with a tragedy in his family.

Children’s books are celebrated in his enlightened examination of the joys of childhood reading, from fairy tales to Where the Wild Things AreThe Lord of the Rings to the Narnia books, Little House on the Prairie to The Earthsea Trilogy, and many more beloved favourites.

Reviewed by Daisy Hay in Slightly Foxed Issue 32.

Laura, Louisa and Me

DAISY HAY

The Child that Books Built is the title of a memoir by Francis Spufford which explores the impact of books read in childhood by interspersing an account of Spufford’s own reading with excursions into history, philosophy and psychology. It beautifully articulates the formative nature of childhood literary exploration. ‘The words we take into ourselves help to shape us,’ Spufford writes. ‘They help form the questions we think are worth asking; they shift around the boundaries of the sayable inside us . . . They build and stretch and build again the chambers of our imagination.’

Extract from Slightly Foxed Issue 32, Winter 2011

‘Exuberant and serious, funny and sophisticated, this memoir of reading and childhood is a delight.’ Andrea Ashworth



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