Oh, joy of joys, the mailman has been! I just love when he leaves me little packages containing books! Alison Wonderland travelled far and made it safely to her new home. I must say thank you to Helen Smith for the new addition to my family – thanks, Helen!
‘I need some information. Can you help me get it?’
‘OK.’ I’m opening my post but I have a pen and pad ready.
‘I need some statistics about which part of the country babies are abandoned most often, what time of year, and where to find them – outside hospitals or police stations or under hedges or in phone boxes.’
‘Oh, OK. Yes, of course.’ I move the phone receiver into my left hand and hold it against my left ear so that I can make some notes. Mad cow, I write.
After Alison Temple discovers that her husband is cheating on her, she does what any jilted woman would do: She spray-paints a nasty message for him on her wedding dress and takes a job with the detective firm that found him out. Being a researcher at the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation in London is certainly a change of pace from her previous life, especially considering the characters Alison meets in the line of duty. There’s her boss, the estimable Mrs Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbor; and – last but not least! – her psychic postman. Together, their idiosyncrasies and their demands on Alison threaten to drive her mad…if she didn’t need and love them all so much. Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, Alison Wonderland is a literary novel about a memorable heroine coping with the everyday complexities of modern life.