SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD This is the secret history of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage. But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject. Charles Dodgson was a quiet academic but his second self, Lewis Carroll, was a storyteller, invator and avid collector of child-friends'. Carroll's imagination was to give Alice Liddell, his 'dream-child', a fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up. This is a biography that beautifully unravels the magic of Alice. It is a history of love and loss, incence and ambiguity. It is the story of one man's need to make a Wonderland in a changing world.
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His most recent book, Becoming Dickens- The Invention of a Novelist, won the Duff Cooper Prize.
Short-listed for Costa Biography Award 2016 and Costa Biography Award 2015.