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 is now working on BOOKWORM, a personal history and celebration of children’s literature, to be published by Square Peg.

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

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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.

HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS Memoir, 336 pages Headline 2008 Just what does it mean to be a girl? And why is that a good thing? From a daughter's place within the family, through the intricacies of what not to wear and who not to talk to, Brownies and breasts, the stuff you want to remember and the stuff you'd rather forget, this brilliantly funny guide is a full and frank account of how it really is different for girls. 

HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS

Memoir, 336 pages

Headline 2008

Just what does it mean to be a girl? And why is that a good thing? From a daughter's place within the family, through the intricacies of what not to wear and who not to talk to, Brownies and breasts, the stuff you want to remember and the stuff you'd rather forget, this brilliantly funny guide is a full and frank account of how it really is different for girls.