The Child that Books Built
The Child that Books Built is Francis Spufford’s celebrated memoir and investigation into childhood and reading.
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What would you find if you went back and re-read your favourite books from childhood?
In The Child That Books Built Francis Spufford revisits all those childhood obsessions: fairy tales; Where the Wild Things Are; The Lord of the Rings; The Chronicles of Narnia; Little House on the Prairie; The Wind in the Willows; The Earthsea Trilogy and more. In these treasured tales Francis Spufford discovers both delight and sadness – the thrill as worlds of imagination opened up before him mixed with the memories of a boy who retreated into books when faced with a family tragedy.
Exuberant and serious, funny and sophisticated, this memoir of reading and childhood is a delight.
Short, dense, allusive and ferociously bright . . . A memoir about how, what and why we read as children.
A beautifully composed and wholly original memoir, sounding the classics of children's literature, while examining the effect obsessive reading had on one bookish boy.
Parents, non-parents, ex-children, anyone who reads or ever read children's books -- read this. It's a joy.
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