Book Launch: Alice in Winterland by Julie Egdell, published by Smokestack Books. Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Free event. About the book:
‘Growing up in Whitley Bay, Julie Egdell never realised how much she had in common with Lewis Carroll’s Alice. When she went to work in St Petersburg she discovered that she was the spitting image of the Russian version of Alice – not Tenniel’s blonde school girl, but the dark-haired ‘Alisa’ of Soviet illustrated children’s stories, sarcastic and cruel and very Russian. A new city, a new identity and a new language. What could possibly go wrong?
‘Alice in Winterland’ is the story of a strange and subversive wonderland, of a worm who thinks he’s a caterpillar and the Baba Yaga who became a witch. It’s a book about life in post-Soviet Russia, mad hatter’s, temptations and tears. It is a story of exile, heartbreak, loneliness and longing, about falling down a cultural and linguistic rabbit hole.’