Book Review: Ctrl, Alt; Delete by Emma Gannon


I’ve just finished listening to Emma Gannon’s book – Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online on Audible, and just had to tell you all about it because I loved it!

If you haven’t heard of Emma before, she’s the wonderful blogger behind A Girl Lost in the City (now just named Emma Gannon I believe) and now an author, podcast host, speaker as well as a digital consultant. I first came across Emma via her podcast – Ctrl, Alt; Delete which I now listen to religiously each week on my walk home from work (would definitely recommend checking it out!). As I love her podcast so much, I decided that I needed to read her new book of the same name – Ctrl, Alt; Delete. I tend to keep a couple of books on the go (one to read at home and one to listen to when I’m on the move) and I’m so glad I decided to listen via audible because Emma narrated her whole book so it was like listening to one huge podcast!

You will love this book if you’re in your mid-twenties and a fan of the internet! It’s all about how Emma grew up online, from using the family computer through to life today online. For me, it was a flashback into my own experience of using the internet for the first time. Each time Emma gave detail of her past online experiences – editing photo’s, MSN messenger, building friendships online, it was lovely (although sometimes cringy!) to remember my own memories of growing up online. I also loved Emma’s way with words throughout the whole book, especially listening to it on audiobook, as it was like listening/reminiscing with a friend over a glass of wine. Being in the media industry myself, I also loved the early insight of Emma’s career in social media and her thoughts on how the internet and social media has changed our lives. Have you ever thought about what happens to your online presence when you have passed away?!

Although I have already finished Emma’s book, I’ve actually already got a copy of her book on order from Amazon. It might sound strange, but I want to keep this book to read later on in life to reminisce back on my own life growing up online and also to give to my future teenagers to read. If I end up having a girl, I would actually really like for her to read it – to find out what it was like ‘back in the day’ when the internet became a thing, warn of the harsh reality of living online (goodness knows what it will be like in 20 years time!) and also as an inspirational story that you can make a career out of your passion.

I would definitely recommend reading (or listening) to Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online By Emma Gannon. And whilst you are waiting for your copy to arrive, you need to start listening to her podcast of the same name – it’s so great to hear Emma interview others about their life online.

Have you read Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online By Emma Gannon? What did you think?