In 1980, the author was starting his first year at the Ontario College of Art when printmaking instructor Bill Poole approached him with a crazy idea: to create ninety-six wood engravings for Poole's limited, letterpress edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This 2011 edition celebrates Alice's adventures with wood engravings.
On a hot, sunny day Alice sees a rabbit in a waistcoat and follows
it into a large hole. With this, Alice goes spiralling down into a
fantastical land of very strange creatures - talking White Rabbit,
a Frog-Footman, smiling Cheshire Cat, hookah-smoking Caterpillar,
Mad Hatter and, of course, the cruel Queen. A land where Alice can
be three inches or nine feet tall with just a gulp of a ‘curious’ drink
or a bite of a mushroom; a place where everything and anything is
possible . But where is this strange land? And will Alice ever get out
of this mysterious place and go back to the real world?
Alice in Wonderland is a classic book for all ages as Lewis Carroll
blends imagination and word-play to create a world of wonders.
Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christie’s ten favorite novels, The Murder of Rojer Ackroyd.
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with an apparent drug overdose.
However the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death. Luckily one of Roger’s friends and the newest resident to retire to this normally quiet village takes over—none other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.