A powerful and dramatic tale from the bestselling and award-winning author, Dick King-Smith.
Alice in Sunderland is a graphic novel like no other. Bryan Talbot takes the city of Sunderland and the story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (the 'real' Alice) as the spine of his story and around them spins a spectacularly diverse range of different stories. He explores Carroll's links with Sunderland and shows how the city inspired his masterpieces. He delves into the city's history, from the Venerable Bede to George Formby, from its heyday as the greatest shipbuilding port in the world to its present multicultural mix.
Talbot's artwork is a spectacular mixture of different styles: black and white ink line and pencil drawing, watercolour, collage and digitally manipulated photographic artwork. His stories are told from the stage of the Sunderland Empire theatre, an Edwardian music hall, and the book is a genuine variety performance. In Alice in Sunderland he shows – triumphantly – how local history is national history in microcosm, how one story begets another. The result is a landmark book in the graphic field.
Praise for Godhanger
'A powerful read... a raw and sombre struggle for survival, suffused with a vivid evocation of nature' THE BOOKSELLER
'Unflinching realism with a poetic, often sensual lyricism... gripping new novel... A darkly atmospheric thriller with a cast of murderous wild animals... the rich dark feel of the descriptive writing is magnificently reflected in the linear rhythms and velvety, crepuscular tones of Andrew Davidson's wood engravings' The Guardian
'A finely crafted book, carefully written, revelling in description and imagery. .... For his insights into nature and his vivid descriptions of them, Dick King-Smith is an exceptional writer. In the new, more sober voice of GODHANGER, he shows just what a good storyteller and writer he is' JULIA ECCLESHARE, BOOKS FOR KEEPS
'Beauifully illustrated... The reader is left with greater knowledge of nature as well as the satisfaction of a really good read' 1015 Magazine, The Times Magazine
'A relatively unsentimentalised wildlife story... has the genuine stamp of animal biography' The Times
'An unusual, allegorical tale... beautiful black and white illustrations highlight a moving tale for older children' The Bookseller