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The Story of Childhood


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For all readers of They F*** You Up by Oliver James and The State We're In by Will HuttonLibby Brooks is a leading columnist on the Guardian - huge media coverage and debate guaranteedA must-read for all parents, teachers, carers, young adults and politicians

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Libby Brooks was born in Glasgow and studied law at Oxford University. She joined the Guardian newspaper in 1997, and worked as Women's Editor between 1999 and 2001. She won the Catherine Packenham Award for young women writers in 1996, and was named Young Journalist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 1998. She lives in East London and likes murder mysteries.


'This is one of the best pictures of childhood that I've read, and certainly it's an important account of the confused and anxiety-ridden state we're in today' Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy 'Read this book - Libby Brooks brings childhood's present alive in its historical context, and puts modern supernannies in their historical place' Oliver James, author of They F*** You Up 'A thoroughly enjoyable read' Claire Rayner 'This is a wonderful book. It is a remarkable and important polemic on the state of contemorary childhood ... This book tells us some very disturbing things about ourselves. I hope the policymakers read it' Helena Kennedy QC

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