BOOKS

The Looking Glass House

Vanessa Tait

RRP: £7.99

7 January 2016

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396567

RRP: £4.99

2 July 2015

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396550

Oxford, 1862. Poor, plain Mary Prickett takes up her post as governess to the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church. When Mary meets Charles Dodgson, a friend of the family, she is flattered by his attentions and becomes convinced he plans to propose marriage. But it is also clear that he is drawn to the little girls in Mary’s care, and on a boating trip one sunny day Mr Dodgson tells the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a curious tale about the precocious Alice Liddell

As Mary waits for her life to change, she becomes increasingly suspicious of Alice’s friendship with Mr Dodgson. Before long, everything Mary believes is turned topsy-turvy, and her determination to get to the truth will have lasting consequences for all involved…

REVIEWS

As Alice Liddell's great-granddaughter, Vanessa Tait's insider information and access to letters and diaries give the familiar back-story a new slant. Her captivating book conjures up the topsy-turvy world of Alice - the factual and the fictional girl. It is a story that is both whimsical and disturbing.Lyndsy Spence
Lady

Tait's engaging novel peeps behind Carroll's story...Her style is sensuous and lyrical, her story neatly infused with Wonderland imagery and historically accurate dialogue... This story isn't about Alice. It runs, White Rabbit-like, away from childhood towards a more grown-up reflection on one of the greatest children's books.Rachel Hoyes
Sunday Telegraph

Moving and original.Kate Saunders
The Times