Three Literary stars - Lucy Mangan (columnist and author), Liz Chapman (library director of LSE Library Services) and Nicola Barker (novelist) - share 10 books that shaped their lives. We've got the full list right here, so you can buy it all from the comfort of your computer, mobile or tablet...
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Lucy Mangan: "One of the most beautiful and touching children’s books ever written."
Lucy Mangan: "You’ll love this vivid tale of a woman’s escape from her violent husband."
Lucy Mangan: "A true story of astonishing struggle and strength to rebuild a life."
Help For Cynics
Lucy Mangan: "A self-help guide to being happy that won’t leave you screaming in horror."
In Want Of Love
Lucy Mangan: "Jane Austen’s iconic bachelor reveals his romantic secrets."
Lucy Mangan: "The architectural treasures of NYC drawn by James Gulliver Hancock."
Lucy Mangan: "A vividly detailed novel about the first family of renaissance Italy."
Lucy Mangan: "Unexpectedly moving and delightful treatise about different forms of courage."
Lucy Mangan: "Hilarious novel about the baffling social behaviours of the young elite at Harvard."
Lucy Mangan: "A short, riveting autobiography by the woman behind Wolf Hall."
Liz Chapman: "Virginia Woolf’s explanation of why women need their own space to thrive."
Liz Chapman: "A father explains his Aussie outlaw life to his daughter in this historical novel."
Liz Chapman: "An older woman realises she has lost her younger self and tries to find it again."
Liz Chapman: "A young married woman transforms as she finds out where men fit in her life."
Liz Chapman: "Make time for this 1,504 page-long tale of love and marriage in independent India."
See The Humour
Liz Chapman: "Throws a hilarious light on a woman’s ability to maintain her own identity."
Liz Chapman: "One woman’s escape from an impoverished marriage and children."
Liz Chapman: "For its era this classic is a comprehensive survey of women facing oppression."
Fly The Nest
Liz Chapman: "One young woman’s stark choice between family and her ability to choose for herself."
Liz Chapman: "Addressing life’s concerns with wry humour: “Bloody men are like bloody buses”."
Nicola Barker: "The masterwork on self-love, self-loathing and weight loss."
Nicola Barker: "Sex and cleaning in this biography of an upstairs downstairs Victorian love affair."
Dear Oh Dear
Nicola Barker: "This is what men really think of you. Be inspired that you’re smarter than that."
Nicola Barker: "The ultimate urban multicultural mélange. An unadulterated joy."
Nicola Barker: "Brilliant and controversial, she will make you believe anything is possible."
Nicola Barker: "Every truly successful female needs to know her wild flowers."
Amazon (Reader’s Digest)
Dream A Dream
Nicola Barker: "A picture book, yes, but this charming French fable is acceptable for adults to read."
Nicola Barker: "The Life Of Saint Teresa Of Avila brings to light what it truly means to be a saint."
Nicola Barker: "Carter’s novels are always truly magical, this one takes us on travels through her life."
Nicola Barker: "A predecessor of Sylvia Plath, and really quite magnificent."
Amazon (Houghton Mifflin)