Lucy Mangan

Agent:  Juliet Pickering

Biography: Lucy Mangan is a journalist and columnist. She was educated in Catford and Cambridge. She studied English at the latter and then spent two years training as a solicitor, but left as soon as she qualified and went to work much more happily in a bookshop instead. She got a work experience placement at the Guardian in 2003 and hung around until they gave her a job.  Lucy now writes a regular column for the newspaper as well as features and TV reviews there. She has written for most of the major women's magazines, including Grazia, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan, and has a weekly column in Stylist magazine. She was named Columnist of the Year at the PPA Awards in 2013.

In 2009, a collection of her columns from the Guardian was published as a book entitled MY FAMILY AND OTHER DISASTERS. Her other works include HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS: The Essential Guide to Being a Girl, a book about the experience of growing up in 80s suburbia, and THE RELUCTANT BRIDE, the lightly-fictionalised story of her wedding.

A commemoration of 50 years of Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY was published by Puffin UK/US in 2014. Lucy's memoir BOOKWORM, a personal history and celebration of children’s literature, was published by Square Peg in March 2018.

She lives in south-east London with one husband, one son, two cats and fourteen double-stacked Billy bookcases.

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 BOOKWORM  Memoir, 336 pages Square Peg, March 2018  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.

BOOKWORM

Memoir, 336 pages
Square Peg, March 2018

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.

 INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY  Literature, 224 pages  Puffin UK/US, 2014  Lucy Mangan explores the wide-ranging influence that , Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas have had on our culture. The book features 100s of images, including previously unseen material from the Roald Dahl archive and behind-the-scenes photographs from the films, musical and more.

INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Literature, 224 pages

Puffin UK/US, 2014

Lucy Mangan explores the wide-ranging influence that , Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas have had on our culture. The book features 100s of images, including previously unseen material from the Roald Dahl archive and behind-the-scenes photographs from the films, musical and more.

 THE RELUCTANT BRIDE  Memoir, 384 pages  John Murray, 2010  A late starter in life, Lucy always swore she'd never get married. But now she has to find a caterer who doesn't charge a fortune for a cupcake, a dressmaker who doesn't make her cry and a way to bring Great-Auntie Betty down from Dundee for the sixpence she is willing to spend - isn't it meant to be HER special day?

THE RELUCTANT BRIDE

Memoir, 384 pages

John Murray, 2010

A late starter in life, Lucy always swore she'd never get married. But now she has to find a caterer who doesn't charge a fortune for a cupcake, a dressmaker who doesn't make her cry and a way to bring Great-Auntie Betty down from Dundee for the sixpence she is willing to spend - isn't it meant to be HER special day?

 MY FAMILY AND OTHER DISASTERS  Journalism,  272 pages    Guardian Books, 2009   In this, her first collection of  Guardian  columns, she shares her hilarious take on everything from family relations to the credit crunch and why organised sport should be abolished.

MY FAMILY AND OTHER DISASTERS

Journalism, 272 pages

Guardian Books, 2009

In this, her first collection of Guardian columns, she shares her hilarious take on everything from family relations to the credit crunch and why organised sport should be abolished.