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'A comic novel of subtle distinction... A richly entertaining book, and at times a very moving one' - The Times 'An enormously entertaining novel, with some terrific writing throughout... a fast-moving farce which allows her sideswipes at the foibles of the famous. It is a delicious confection with some marvellous one-liners' - Sunday Telegraph '[A] wonderfully inventive jeu d'esprit... This epic of the Isle of Wight's literary apogee is virtually the perfect summer book. No deck-chair will be complete without it' - Independent 'A rollicking read. It is mischievous, light-hearted and fun, and it certainly made me want to find out more about the Freshwater circle' - Elisa Segrave, The Literary Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Pb (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007355270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007355273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,340,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jacob King on February 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is about madness, celebrity and obsession. An eccentric mathematician and photographer takes a holiday to the Isle of Wight in the summer of 1964 with the hope of photographing the poet laureate just as his first novel, written for children, is about to become the greatest literary sensation of his era. There he encounters any number of strange people all suffering from their own obsessions and delusions.

All of the characters in this book are based on Real People from the wonderful Julia Margaret Cameron to Ellen Terry, Lorenzo and Jessie Fowler, G F Watts and of course Tennyson. Historians might quibble about the accuracy of the portrayals especially of stuttering do-do Dodgson as Truss overplays his social awkwardness and interest in little girls, though to great comic effect. The era however is evoked wonderfully.

A lesser contemporary novelist would have had Lewis Carrol solve a murder or fight vampires Truss involves him in a nosensical farce that echoes his own novel and the result is hliarious. If you are a fan of English comedy especially class based comedies like those of Wilde or Wodehouse you will love this book.
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By Emanon on January 9, 2012
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All the characters in 'Alice in Wonderland' living in the same seaside town and the most delightful is the author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) who to his horror is pursued relentlessly with a view to matrimony by the little girl he admires. And the woman who is obsessed by Alfred Lord Tennyson has her white roses painted red (his preference). If you thought the characters in his story about Alice were unbalanced these are even crazier and much more amusing. Great work, Lynne Truss!
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This book was such a delight - witty, lighthearted, seriously funny in places, intelligent, interesting, brilliant. So entertaining. I loved it and was so sorry when it was over.
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'Required reading' for people interested in the G F Watts gallery - or the Isle of Wight circa 1860, or several of the Victorian 'Greats'. As funny as The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere.
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I really never got into this book. People who do think it's hysterically funny, but I just found it disjointed and hard to follow.
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