When the writer, Oxford scholar, and photographer John Jameson, visits the home of his vicar friend, Daniel Baxter, he is entranced by his youngest daughter, Daisy.
Jameson charms her with his wit and child-like imagination, teasing her with riddles and inventing humourous stories as they enjoy afternoons alone by the river and in his rooms.
The shocking impact of this unusual friendship is only brought to light when, years later, Daisy, unsettled in her marriage, rediscovers her childhood diaries in an old toy chest.
Inspired by the tender and troubling friendship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell.
©2012 Gaynor Arnold (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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First audiobook I never got into, I listen to it all, but I was never properly grabbed as with other books. Found the whole thing really wierd, and generally struggled to see the point in it; where the story was leading and why all this random information was being given.
Having finished it I'm still a little confused about the whole thing (not that I don't understand it, I mean the purpose for most of it) but it's ultimately not a bad story, just a wierd one.
"Complex and disturbing"
A well told tale. All the readers were great and their voices helped to flesh out the characters. There are a number of threads in the tale, not least the subjugation of women, which is the background against which the story plays out. You really understand the desperation of late 19th c women to be heard.. It's screamingly frustrating to even listen to let alone experience. The Lewis Carrol character is by turn naive, patronizing and sinister but essentially comes off as 'odd'. The shocks lie elsewhere and unravelling the mystery kept me hooked. Thoroughly enjoyed it.. The awful subject matter addressed via the characters is well and sensitively presented. Would definitely recommend it.
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