Title: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
Authors: Mangan, Lucy
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: 'Bookworm', a peculiar description when you think about it, but nonetheless one many of us would be happy to claim for ourselves. Kindred spirit Lucy Mangan lives up to this sobriquet, passionately chronicling her childhood reading adventures, as well as pondering the history of writing for children.

A delightfully nostalgic memoir recalling past literary encounters and acknowledging the power of books and reading to shape our lives. A must-read for fellow bookworms.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting this book turned out to be."

"The author gives us interesting background to the authors and their writing and looks at the importance of reading to children."

"I enjoyed the potted bios of the authors and reminiscing about books I've read."

"A helpful reading list is provided at the end should the reader wish to revisit some stories."

"A pleasant, enjoyable and easy read through familiar territory but with that little bit of history and background for interest."

"It's an easy read in a chatty 'dear reader' style but I found all the 'you knows' irritating."

"Perhaps one could describe this as a social commentary on middle-class reading habits."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Essays/Columns, Literature oriented, Personal Interests, 2021 Titles


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By: PICT 005 2020-11-19 11:54:07
Group all related to the first half as the writing style appealed, but it "petered out" in the second half.

By: WELL 046 2020-07-29 11:19:41
Most of the group loved this book, and some brought along or recalled childhood books that had made a big impact earlier in life ( and in some cases, that had not stood the test of time!). A very Anglo-centric book - a few of us fondly recalled the New Zealand and Australian children's books that we had enjoyed.

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