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Alice and the Space Telescope

Alice and the Space Telescope by Malcolm Longair, with forward by Nobel Prizewinner Riccardo Giacconi. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

4to hardcover with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0-8018-2831-7

The book explains and discusses some of the things going on in astrophysics from the time of the launch of the Hubble telescope, and yet still manages to be funny at the same time.

It makes me think of The Big Bang Theory. I wonder what Sheldon would make of it?

There’s also a rewrite of Jabberwocky, which is always good value… even if the scansion is a little off…

Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Brought plans of telescopes fair to see./ The Jabberwock, he clapped his hands/And said, ‘That’s just for me.

Loads of pictures- some of Tenniel’s, various graphs and scientific diagrams, and photos.

Available via amazon: Alice and the Space Telescope, but mine was a present. Thanks Iain!


Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Published by Walker Books, 1999. Hardback first edition with dustjacket. 4to.

ISBN: 0744561248

Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal for this book in 1999.

There are loads of pictures, and the Alice in this book is feisty and modern, with her slightly scruffy blue dress and white plimsols. I don’t think she’d mind getting muddy falling down the rabbit hole.

On amazon here: Alice in Wonderland


Lewis Carroll and His World

Lewis Carroll and His World by John Pudney.

Published by Thames and Hudson 1976. Hardback 4to with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0500130582

Portrait frontispiece and 119 illustrations: a mixture of photos and drawings.

John Pudney was a British journalist and writer. He was known for short stories, poetry, non-fiction and children’s fiction. There’s a rather charming photo of him in the National Portrait Gallery.

Available on amazon: Lewis Carroll and His World (Pictorial Biography)


The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland

The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland by Christina Bjork, translated by Joan Sandlin.

Illustrated by Inga-Karin Eriksson.

Published by R & S Books, 1993. 4to. First edition hardback with dustjacket.

A children’s version of the story of how Alice in Wonderland came to be told, with really rather lovely illustrations and diversions.

Includes: instructions for throwing a mad tea party, Antipodes Croquet, Ellen Terry. Rhoda, Queen Victoria, Reginald Hargreaves, Miss Prickett, and Dinah.

ISBN: 9129622425

Amazon: The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland


Peter Weevers

Alices’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Peter Weevers. Published by Ted Smart, 1996. First published 1989 by Random House.

ISBN: 0091850770

4to. Hardback with dustjacket.

The original story, illustrated by France-based, UK-born watercolour artist Peter Weevers

I think this book suffers a bit from the common problem that many of the paintings are too similar to the Tenniels- it must be so hard seeing such familiar mental images in a new way. Having said that, there are an awful lot of them (100), and they’re certainly beautiful. The Alice was based on the artist’s daughter, Tilia.

You can see some of his work, including some of the Alice stuff here

Sometimes turns up on amazon: Alice in Wonderland

This one was a present- Thanks Jon!

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