The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading
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About the Author
Francis Spufford is also the author of I May Be Some Time (Picador). He was named Sunday Times (London) Young Writer of the Year and received the 1997 Somerset Maugham and Writers' Guild Awards. He lives in London.
"Exhilarating. . .It's a brilliant book, beautifully written, its insights hard-earned, filled with stuff that will make you understand a whole lot better your own life in reading." --The New York Times Book Review
"Ambitious. . .His enthusiasm for this material is often charming. . .Spufford is at his best recalling his bookish discoveries." --Newsday (New York)
"Francis Spufford lures us in to reveal the original power of books--as landscapes, as spurs to inwardness, as the very crucibles in which the self is formed. He is the addict's unrepentant confession, poignant, witty, and true in the way that every real reader will recognize instantly." --Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies