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Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016.
‘The Looking Glass House’ is a bright, bold work of fiction, simply told yet holding a complicated ring of truth. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll, is the great-grandmother of the author of this novel. Alice’s keepsakes have travelled down the years and encouraged a fascinating read, touching on the relationship between Charles Dodgson and his muse, as seen through the eyes of the governess. While there is now uncertainty surrounding Dodgson’s love of children, the author does not judge or moralise, there is a candid honesty to the writing; Alice is precocious, Mr Dodgson socially awkward and the Oxford of 1862 somewhat sanctimonious. With a captivating blend of history, diaries, letters and fiction, Vanessa Tait has created a treat for all lovers of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. ~ Liz Robinson
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 LiddellAs 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...
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Publication date: 07/01/2016
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||7th January 2016|
|Publisher:||Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
Vanessa Tait grew up in Gloucestershire. She went to the University of Manchester and completed a Master's degree in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. She is the great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Looking Glass House is her first novel, inspired by family treasures and stories of the 'original' Alice. Click here to read an 'Ask the Author' interview with Vanessa Tait. Author photo © Gareth Iwan JonesMore About Vanessa Tait