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(Harvill Secker, £25)Alice

On 4th July 1862, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematics don, rowed his young friends Ina, Edith and Alice Liddell up the Thames, and entertained them over a picnic with a story about a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole. In this richly evocative but never sensational book, Oxford professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst chronicles “the triangular relationship between Carroll, the real Alice and the fictional Alice,” weaving a biography of Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Alice Liddell with a cultural history of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its…

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