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The Child that Books Built

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<p>Children's books - from Narnia to <i>The Hobbit </i>- are celebrated in this enlightened examination of the joys of childhood reading.</p><p>Fairy tales and <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> and the Narnia books,<i> Little House on the Prairie</i> and The Earthsea Trilogy. What would you find if you went back and re-read your favourite books from childhood? Francis Spufford discovers both delight and sadness, in this widely celebrated memoir of a boy who retreats into books, faced with a tragedy in his family.</p><p>'A beautifully composed and wholly original memoir, sounding the classics of children's literature.' David Sexton,<i> Evening Standard</i><br><i></i><br>'Exuberant and serious, funny and sophisticated, this memoir of reading and childhood is a delight.' Andrea Ashworth</p>

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<b><i>The Child that Books Built</i> is Francis Spufford's celebrated memoir and investigation into childhood and reading.</b>

Über den AutorIn

<p>Francis Spufford, a former <i>Sunday Times</i> Young Writer of the Year (1997), has edited two acclaimed literary anthologies and a collection of essays about the history of technology. His first book,<i> I May Be Some Time</i>, won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His second, <i>The Child That Books Built</i>, gave Neil Gaiman 'the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn't need to write'. His third, <i>Backroom Boys</i>, was called 'as nearly perfect as makes no difference' by the<i> Daily Telegraph</i> and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. </p><p>His fourth, <i>Red Plenty</i> was called 'odd, brilliant and crazily brave' in the <i>Evening Standard</i>, longlisted for the Orwell Prize and translated into eight languages. His latest book, <i>Unapologetic</i>, was described by Nick Hornby as 'an incredibly smart, challenging, and beautiful book'. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.</p>