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Kirkus review:

"Debut author Stoneham does a stellar job of re-creating Carroll’s beloved world while also adding his own twists. A brilliant and amusing reinvention."

Full review here

blueink review:

"Stoneham imbues his prose with a wit and poetry that do ample justice to his source material. An ideal fantasy for Carroll fans and a lovely route to a treasured piece of literature for newcomers."

Awarded Blue Ink Notable book seal.


Blow are some snippets and quotes from the book. Some have been slightly doctored to make more sense. Still confused? Buy the book

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Mrs MacDonald, the farmer’s wife, cut Alice a large slice of plum pie with the carving knife. Its blade dripped red juice onto her apron. Alice had neither the strength nor inclination to tell her host about trains in rivers, talking animals and a magic cottage in the wilderness. So in between mouthfuls of plum pie and gulps of apple juice, she explained that she had simply become lost while picking wild blackberries and was trying to find her way back home.

“So where are your blackberries?” asked Mrs MacDonald.

“I didn’t find any,” said Alice. “That must be the reason I lost my way. Through walking so far trying to find some.”

“Lost your way?” said the farmer’s wife, disbelievingly. “You can’t lose what you never had, my dear.”


“You can’t have three halves of something,” said Alice.

“Yes, you can,” replied Polly. “Three halves make one and a half.”

“Yes but one and a half can’t be the whole amount.”

“It can be. Richard York had one and a half thousand soldiers and it was the whole army.”


“Hope is more powerful than belief,” said Cheshire, “because it leaves the door open to many more options. I have no reason to believe I will ever see my ears again but I hope something changes so I will.”

Alice’s parents were constantly telling her to believe in herself. They never mentioned hoping in herself. On the other hand, she had no reason to believe they were right and rather hoped they weren’t.


“I’m rarely my whole self at the best of times," said the Cheshire Cat. "At worst, in theory, I could become somebody totally different.”


“Everyone has to take a leap of faith at some point in their life,” shouted Alice over her shoulder, as she jumped into the cold mist.


“My poems probably don’t make much sense,” said Jack. “I have no idea what most of the words that I use mean. And sometimes I change words just because they rhyme better.”


“It can’t be easy being Time, “explained the Cheshire Cat. “Imagine having to find a time and place for everything. I’m sure Time makes mistakes occasionally and has to make it fly along to catch up.”


Humphrey Dunfry explained: “The headless hens laid eggs for months after their heads had been cut off, but the eggs came out with their tops already removed.”


Perhaps Wonderland had several nights in a row without any days and then several days together without any nights. Rather like a month of Sundays.


“The wealthy have more problems than the poor,” explained Nurse Foster. “They need to be cared for plus they have the added burden of finding ways to spend their money.”


One thing that Alice knew she was good at was thinking on her feet. To be honest, she didn’t see how much different it was from thinking while sitting down, which she could also do.