Alice Falls Again

Above the care home’s doorbell hung a small plaque, which read: ‘ONLY FOR PRESSING MATTERS’.
“Well that makes sense,” said Alice.
“It’s about the only thing that does in this place,” quipped the Mayor of Banbury with uncharacteristic sarcasm.

Alice is torn between staying at home to care for her sick father and moving to London to study at college. So to be catapulted back to a twisted Wonderland is the last thing she expects.
Or needs.

Now in her late teens, Alice is smarter and savvier this time around, which is just as well, as Wonderland bears little resemblance to its former self. Animals are forbidden to talk, the townsfolk live in fear of a tyrant and the weather’s all mixed up. Characters and events appear to be straight out of the dark origins of our favourite nursery rhymes. Could a Jabberwocky be behind it all? One thing hasn’t changed; Alice’s curiosity and attitude might just be the death of her if she can’t find her way back.

Propelled forward by a tapestry of gritty wordplay and the sinister backstories of our favourite nursery rhymes, DJ Stoneham’s debut fantasy novel will thrill younger and older adults alike.

Reviews for Alice Falls Again:


"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.


"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. Full review here.


Foreword Clarion

"A fun and creative continuation of a classic story. Fantastical wonders and head-over-heels adventures abound in D. J. Stoneham’s fantasy novel Alice Falls Again. The language is light and playful, even in the darker moments of the story. Sentences are rhythmic, at times even poetic and musical. That parts of the story are based on nursery rhymes is refreshing, particularly in this similarly new take on a well-known story. Written in a joyful tone, the text is laced with just enough sarcasm and joviality to keep it from becoming saccharine."

Frequently Asked Questions about Alice Falls Again

Once upon a Wonderland

“Fee-fi-fo-fum!” boomed the ogre.
“Why do you keep quoting Shakespeare’s King Lear?” asked Alice. “And while we’re on the subject, why can you only smell the blood of Englishmen? Why not other nationalities? Or English women come to that?”

A poltergeist in tattered leotards, a grumpy carnivore that is more interested in Gaston than Belle and a psychotic arsonist. These are not the Rumpelstiltskin, Beast and Cinderella that Alice knew and loved. Nevertheless, she needs to get them and other fairy tale characters out of Wonderland if she’s to mend Time and return home. And rescue Jack, the feathered boy she’s in love with.

Alice’s quest is not helped by charges of treason, the advances of an amorous Pied Piper and the fact that she is growing younger by the hour. And then there is the Queen of Hearts and her cohorts to contend with.

Alice’s journey is peppered with surreal events, gritty wordplay and the sinister backstories to popular fairy tales, making this stand-alone story and book two in the Wonderland seriesa must for younger and older adults alike.

Reviews for Once upon a Wonderland:

10/10 “Captivating, iconic, and engaging.” Anthony Avina

5 stars. "A noteworthy fantasy like no other.” Reader Views

“Engaging, entertaining, and wickedly smart … a classic in its own right.” Self-Publishing Review

“One of the finest releases of 2023. A must read.” Book Nerdection

5 stars "Will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the final page.” The Bookish Elf

“An exhilarating continuation of classic tales.” Foreword Clarion

5 stars “DJ Stoneham's fresh take on Alice's world is sure to ignite the imagination and leave readers spellbound.” Literary Titan

“Stellar illustrations perfectly complement the narrative.” blueink

“Wonderful language, vivid imagery, and quirky fairytale characters.” The Creative Muggle

“Loved it! Captivating and enchantingly unusual illustrations. Keeps the reader enthralled from page one.” Discovery

“Not just engaging, but hard to put down or predict.” Midwest Book Review

“Twists and turns with horror and fantasy blended fully to create one chilling tale.” Crossroads Review

“Stoneham’s novel brings a revisionist bent to classic stories, but the tone and prose are refreshingly indebted to the original Alice books.” Book Life

“A funny, surreal novel.” Indie Reader