In Bookworm Lucy Mangan relives beloved books, and looks at the subtle ways they shape our lives.
As a child, she was whisked away to Narnia, 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. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library or to spend her pocket money on amassing her own library at home.
Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life – prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate – and uses them to tell her own story, that of an unrepentant bookworm.
‘An enthusiastic love letter to childhood reading’ Guardian