We are overjoyed to announce that the fantastic BOOKWORM by Lucy Mangan has been shortlisted for the Beautiful Book category of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.
Nominated alongside Mangan were BOOKWORM’s production team, Laura Barrett, who designed the gorgeous cover, Shabana Cho and Julia Connolly.
Bookshops across the UK and Ireland have revealed their favourite books and authors of 2018 across seven categories, as part of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards
Unlike the other categories though, the Beautiful Book is voted for exclusively by booksellers, who will now be choosing a winner from the shortlist of six titles revealed today.
The winners will be announced on 13 November at an awards ceremony at Foyles.
BOOKWORM is a love letter to the joys of childhood reading; it will offer a witty, impassioned history of the childhood stories we loved and the extraordinary people who created them; it will also explore the thousand subtle ways these books shape our own lives - the bonds we form, the rites of passage we undergo, the understanding we gain. It will begin as we all do, with picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, leading us through secret gardens, along railway lines and across prairies, right up to a shared coming of age with Judy Blume, Patrick Ness and Philip Pullman.
Lucy Mangan is a columnist for Guardian Weekend magazine and Stylist, and author of MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS, THE RELUCTANT BRIDE and HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS.
Praise for BOOKWORM
‘In Lucy Mangan’s BOOKWORM childhood books are brought vividly to life, as are the remembered pleasures of first encountering them…Mangan guides us along her bursting childhood shelves… It’s a delightfully cheerful and humorous romp through children’s literature.’ — Harriet Baker, Times Literary Supplement
‘In her joyful memoir BOOKWORM Lucy Mangan revisits our most beloved childhood books, brings the characters of our collective childhood back to life and uses them – with great wit and wisdom – to tell her own story. Wonderful.’ — Nina Stibbes, The Observer, Best Summer Books 2018
‘This is the book I've been longing for all my life: a passionate, witty, informed, gloriously opinionated account of childhood reading. It's a ten out of ten gold star triumph.’ — Jacqueline Wilson