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The Child that Books Built

(2018)
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Children's books - from Narnia to The Hobbit - are celebrated in this enlightened examination of the joys of childhood reading.

Fairy tales and Where the Wild Things Are, The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia books, Little House on the Prairie 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.

'A beautifully composed and wholly original memoir, sounding the classics of children's literature.' David Sexton, Evening Standard

'Exuberant and serious, funny and sophisticated, this memoir of reading and childhood is a delight.' Andrea Ashworth



Used availability for Francis Spufford's The Child that Books Built

Hardback Editions

April 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Child that Books Built
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-19132-0 / 978-0-571-19132-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-8050-7215-2 / 978-0-8050-7215-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Child that Books Built
Author(s): Francis Spufford, Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-34679-0 / 978-0-571-34679-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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December 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-312-42184-2 / 978-0-312-42184-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Child that Books Built
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-21467-3 / 978-0-571-21467-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Child that Books Built
Author(s): Francis Spufford
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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