Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye

#AliceinHay series

Today I was asked for coffee as I was in the middle of assembling a beetle-themed Bookseller’s Breakfast and I thought the beetles could wait on my daughter’s bed until tomorrow.


I went out grabbing this very unusual paperback edition of Alice in Wonderland which was a present from Blarney Book and Art and a small white rabbit. My Bookseller’s Breakfast today is a locally baked spicy teacake and jam with a hot and strong coffee. This edition has an interesting background. From 2012, all the guests at the worldwide Langham chain of luxury hotels found in their rooms a ‘Keep Me’ copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is the Penguin edition with a new pink cover bearing the Langham’s imprint, and on the front panel a pretty blond in her twenties in an oversized chair, having tea, while a real white rabbit hops about at her feet.

There is a note on the back mentioning that this is a celebration of Langham’s first opening its doors in London in 1865 – the year of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. The report of this on the US Lewis Carroll Society site is wittily headlined ‘Move over Gideon, There’s an Alice for Everyone in Langham’s Hotels’.


The cover is slightly odd really but it will be a much enjoyed part of my ever growing Alice collection, so many thanks to Blarney, it was such a thrill to receive this. The coffee and the tea cakes were enjoyed at Eve’s of Hay. The lateness of the post is due to being grabbed by our builder Miles and then four people wanting to sell us carloads of books. Back to the grindstone…

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