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Alice in Waterland

Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford by Mark J. Davies.

Published by Signal Books Ltd, Aug 2010.

ISBN: 978-1904955726

First edition paperback.

From the publisher:

A world-famous Oxford story from a new angle: the essential role played by the River Thames in the creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

It was on rowing trips with Alice Liddell and her sisters that Lewis Carroll (the Oxford don, Charles Dodgson) invented many of the tales which were later incorporated into his two books; it was on the river bank on 4 July 1862 that Wonderland had its birth; and it was from particular incidents on or near the Thames that Carroll drew inspiration for of the best-known episodes.

Combining excerpts from Carroll’s diaries and the ‘Alice’ books with contemporary images, memoirs, and fiction, Alice in Waterland sets the Oxford scene of the time, and sheds new light on the real places which stimulated Carroll’s imagination and on the real individuals who inspired such characters as the Hatter, the Sheep, and the Red Queen.

The book takes the reader on a literary journey of discovery along some ten miles of the picturesque yet changeable river of which the ‘merry crew‘ were all so fond.

Mark Davies is an Oxford local historian, guide, speaker, and writer.

Bought on Amazon: Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames in Oxford


Alice’s Adventures In Water-Land

Alice’s Adventures In Water-Land by Roberta Ben-Naim and Arieh Ben-Naim.

Published by World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, 2011


Softback- there is a hardback available.

Chapters include:

  • Alice’s First Day in College
  • Professor Holmes Explains the Phase Map
  • The First Excursion into the Microscopic
  • World of Water Vapour
  • The Second Visit to the Water Vapour: Experiencing the Effect of Temperature and Pressure
  • A Visit to the Solid Phase of Ice
  • Alice’s Visit to the Liquid Phase
  • Why Does Ice Float on Water?
  • The Outstanding Temperature Dependence of the Volume of Water
  • The Heat Capacity of Water
  • The Latent Heat of Water and Regulation of the Body’s Temperature
  • “The Electrified Water”
  • Professor Holmes’ Last Lecture
  • The Last Visit to Professor Holmes’ Lab

From the publisher:

This highly illustrated book describes the properties of liquid water and the relevance of these properties to life, in a way that makes the content accessible to anyone. It will raise the awareness of the reader on the vital importance of water to all life on earth. It is a book of science interwoven into the fabric of a story. There are very few books on water aimed at the general public. This volume will appeal to both adults and students with its superb delivery of scientific knowledge in highly accessible prose.

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures In Water-Land


Alice in Womanland

Alice in Womanland or The Feminine Mistake by Margaret Bennett: a pseudonym for Barbara Toohey and June Biermann.

Published by Prentice-Hall, 1967. Hardback with dustjacket.

A ‘satirical overview of the condition of the American woman’. There’s a nice little article about it here.

Chapters include “The Housewife Drink Me,” The Career Drink Me,” The Art Patroness Drink Me,” “The Motherhood Drink Me” and “The Playmate Drink Me.”

Toohey and Biermann’s other books range from travel (From Baedeker to Worse) to sports (skiing and biking), but when Biermann became diabetic, they began writing about that (The Peripatetic Diabetic: Good Health, Good Times, and Good Food for the Diabetic Who Wants to Have It All). And when Biermann suffered a stroke, they wrote about the life and experiences of sufferer and carer (The Stroke Book: A Guide to Life After Stroke for Survivors and Those Who Care for Them).

Available on Amazon: Alice in Womanland ~ Or The Feminine Mistake

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