BOOK LAUNCH: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

Yesterday, I headed to the Mad Hatters Bookshop, one of my favourite independent bookstores in Brisbane (which I’ve already gushed about here). To mark the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, there was a whole day of festivities including a book launch, face painting, giant games, and, of course, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

You may have heard about the recent Kickstarter campaign for Alice’s Adventures Under GroundBasically it was the dream of two incredible people to recreate a novel based on Lewis Carroll’s original Alice story.

Originally presented to Alice Liddell as a Christmas present, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground did not feature some of the most well-known features of the story as we know it, like the famous tea party.

This novel recaptures the beauty of Lew Carroll’s beautiful handwriting and illustrations in remastered colour. This breathtaking book is bound in black bonded leather and is the perfect way to mark the 150th anniversary of the beloved story. This copy will only be printed in 2015, so get your order in before it’s too late!

If you can’t get enough of Alice, you can upgrade to a Limited Edition version. With a strict print run of 1000 copies, the Limited Edition is handbound in genuine leather  and is the closest thing to the original manuscript available today.

Steven Burke and Angela Neilsen were at the Mad Hatters Bookshop yesterday to watch as their work was released into the world. After a manic production period, including many late nights and early starts, they were thrilled with the warm reception from the crowds in attendance at the book launch.

As usual, the Mad Hatters Bookshop rose to the occasion and had a simply stunning setup.

There was an art and craft section for the little ones, as well as some truly impressive face painting.

Face painting has certainly come a long way since my childhood. Some lucky kids were even getting crocodiles and sharks on their hands so that every time they moved their thumb and index finger the mouths would open and close.

Plus, there was every kind of Alice merchandise that you could hope for, from tea sets and bookmarks to beautiful editions of the book well-loved by so many.

This colouring book is probably one of my favourite editions. Not only do you get to bring Wonderland to life, you can also read the story while you do so. Like so many other books in this store, it’s the kind of thing that you’ll treasure forever.

Just down the road at the Manly Creative Markets, giant games were set up for the kids and adults to indulge in between the book launch and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The tea party was so beautiful that it deserves its own post so stay tuned for another photo overload soon!


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