Immortal Alice Liddell,
juvenile muse to Lewis Carroll, has starred in a novel by Geoff Ryman, an Ian
Holm film, and a pornographic comic by Alan Moore, among many other posthumous
excursions. Now, bestselling historian Simon Winchester, riffing on the
famed portrait of Alice as a beggar child, seeks to plumb the actuality of her
life and the mysterious relationship with a bookish Oxford don that inspired a
seemingly infinite Wonderland.