Square Peg gets Lucy Mangan's Bookworm

Square Peg gets Lucy Mangan's Bookworm

Square Peg has acquired a book about children’s books by  Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan.

Rowan Yapp, senior editor at the Penguin Random House imprint, acquired world English language rights to Bookworm: A Personal History of Children’s Books from agents Louise Lamont and Juliet Pickering.

Bookworm will discuss classic children’s books that have shaped childhood, as well as those which have been overlooked. It is also being billed as “a helpful resource for parents and grandparents who would like guidance on where to start, or where to go next, with their children’s reading”.

Mangan, who writes features and columns for Stylist as well as The Guardian, said: “I’m so, so happy to have signed up with Square Peg to write Bookworm, a book about children’s books and what so many of them have meant to me personally over the years. It is a book for anyone whose first crush was on Dickon instead of Johnny Depp, who has ever hopefully tapped the back of a wardrobe, or who still keeps half an ear out at midnight for the sound of Hatty in the garden.”

Yapp said: “Lucy Mangan is a fantastic writer and we are thrilled to publish her at Square Peg, not least because her personal journey through children’s books is as  charming, inspiring and enjoyable as the classic stories she celebrates.”

Mangan has previously published works including Hopscotch and Handbags: The Truth About Being a Girl (Headline Review).

Square Peg will publish Bookworm in 2015.