Lucy Mangan

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Lucy Katherine Mangan[1] (born 1974) is a British journalist and author. She is a columnist, features writer and TV critic for The Guardian.[2] A major part of her writing is related to feminism.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Mangan grew up in Catford, southeast London, to parents originally from Lancashire.[10] Her father worked in theatre, and her mother was a doctor.[11] She read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, qualified as a solicitor, but worked in a bookshop until she found a work experience placement at The Guardian in 2003.[10][12]

Mangan writes a regular column, TV reviews and occasional features at The Guardian.[13] Her book My Family and other Disasters (2009) is a collection of her newspaper columns. She has also written books about her childhood and her wedding.[10][12] Her debut novel, Are We Having Fun Yet?, was published in 2021. The Scotsman's Kirsty McLuckie gave the novel a glowing review, describing the book as "a work of genius".[14]

Mangan also has a regular column for Stylist magazine[15] and has been a judge for the BookTrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize.[16]

Mangan and her husband have one son.[17][12]


  • My Family and other Disasters, Hachette (2010) ISBN 0852653689
  • The Reluctant Bride: One Woman's Journey (Kicking and Screaming) Down the Aisle, Guardian Books (2012) ISBN 184854359X
  • Hopscotch & Handbags: The Truth about Being a Girl, Headline (2013) ISBN 9780755316489
  • Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory, Puffin UK/US (2014) ISBN 9780147513489
  • Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, Square Peg (2018) ISBN 9781784709228
  • Are We Having Fun Yet?, Souvenir, (2021)


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007
  2. ^ Lucy Mangan's page at the Guardian Last accessed March 2016
  3. ^ Mangan on her feminism, The Guardian, 19 September 2009
  4. ^ Mangan, Lucy (5 October 2004). "Lucy Mangan: Crap jobs? Tell me about it" – via
  5. ^ Mangan, Lucy (18 September 2009). "Lucy Mangan: What feminism means to me" – via
  6. ^ Mangan, Lucy (5 March 2011). "Lucy Mangan: The feminist fight is not over yet" – via
  7. ^ Mangan, Lucy (16 November 2013). "Lucy Mangan: why feminism doesn't need rebranding" – via
  8. ^ Mangan, Lucy (9 August 2014). "Lucy Mangan: if we get bogged down in the Terf war we'll never achieve anything" – via
  9. ^ "Lucy Mangan's weekend column + Feminism – Lifeandstyle". The Guardian.
  10. ^ a b c Feminist education has been the making of me Interview with The Daily Telegraph, 6 May 2013
  11. ^ Mangan, Lucy (10 February 2016). "I'd never kissed a Tory - then I married one". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b c Biography at Blake Freidman Agent's page, accessed March 2016
  13. ^ Mangan, Lucy (25 July 2019). "Inside the Bruderhof review – is this a religious stirring I feel?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Book review: Are We Having Fun Yet?, by Lucy Mangan". Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  15. ^ Lucy Mangan's page at Stylist magazine Accessed March 2016
  16. ^ "Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012". Book Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  17. ^ Mangan, Lucy (18 March 2011). "Lucy Mangan is Outspoken: "I'll never take my husband's last name"". Stylist. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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