The book has had a lot of reviews now. I appreciate them all and am so grateful for them. Three that specially appeal to me are those by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst in the Telegraph, by Matthew Sweet in The Financial Times and by Michael Dirda in the Washington Post. They are all written by well informed people who have read the book properly and have something illuminating to say about it - good critics, in other words.

Matthew Sweet, in the FT, imagines me striding around debunking the nonsense that is talked about Carroll like "the colonel who closed down Monty Python sketches that became overly silly."


Actually, I'll confess it. My dad was a colonel.