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Alice in Sunderland - Bryan Talbot, A.N. Other Astonishing. I had no idea what to expect, but it certainly wasn't a detailed history of Sunderland, the North East, and England in general, plus a deeply researched biography of Lewis Carroll, a look at current culture and architecture, and HOOD knows what else. It's a marvellous Stew of Everything; centered on and revolving around Sunderland and Lewis Carrol, wonderfully drawn, and full of winks to the reader - the author actually has a part! It's dense, but beautiful. Highly recommended.