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Jasper Fforde biography and books reviewed

Jasper Fforde began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, he started writing in 1990, and spent ten years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-man's-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd.

After receiving 76 rejection letters from publishers, Jasper's first novel The Eyre Affair was taken on by Hodder & Stoughton and published in July 2001. Set in 1985 in a world that is similar to our own, but with a few crucial - and bizarre - differences (Wales is a socialist republic, the Crimean War is still ongoing and the most popular pets are home-cloned dodos), The Eyre Affair introduces literary detective named 'Thursday Next'. Thursday's job includes spotting forgeries of Shakespeare's lost plays, mending holes in narrative plotlines, and rescuing characters who have been kidnapped from literary masterpieces.

Luckily for Jasper, the novel garnered dozens of effusive reviews, and received high praise from the press, from booksellers and readers throughout the UK. In the US The Eyre Affair was also an instant hit, entering the New York Times Bestseller List in its first week of publication.

Since then, Jasper has added another four to the Thursday Next series and has also begun a second series that he calls 'Nursery Crime', featuring Jack Spratt of The Nursery Crime Division. In the first book, 'The Big Over Easy', Humpty Dumpty is the victim in a whodunnit, and in the second, 'The Fourth Bear', the Three Bear's connection to Goldilocks disapperance can finally be revealed.

Jasper lives and writes in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

November 26th 2012 interview with Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde is a novelist living in Wales. He is the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England, whose signature used to appear on Sterling banknotes, and is cousin of the author, Katie Fforde. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, a [...]

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Jasper Fforde reviews

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane -- a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed. For Eddie, it's love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey...

"This is a very detailed book with lots of comedic and dark moments hidden within this seemingly idyllic world. If you have never read anything by Jasper Fforde this may be a good book to start with." Michelle Herbert, Fantasy Book Review

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of a new crime wave’s Mr Big. Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing. Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn't easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you , and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

"The Eyre Affair shows a great combination of humour thriller, sci-fi, detective and fantasy, in my opinion this book really takes the fantasy fiction genre further. I know I am going to repeat myself but this book is how Thursday would have said it “mad as pants”. It combines some great elements that truly make this book comes to life in more than one dimension. Combining funny and witty dialogues but also numerous literary ideas with the bookworms and names of several of the characters make this a terrific read and should be compulsory for everyone. You won’t regret this."

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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

The world of Thursday Next is imaginative and set in a very different world of 1985 with Gravitubes, Mammoths, Dodos and Neanderthals along with some of the best names you will read in many a book. This is a zany, fast paced book where you can’t help but need to know what happens. Thursday Next has gone from strength to strength in her first two adventures. This is a world that has many contradictions, but if you have the imagination to follow you will not be disappointed.

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The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

As always the story itself takes you on a journey of wonder, with many questions such as: Are there no original stories left to write? If that is so then is the book you are hopefully going to read original or a pastiche of what has come before? I will leave these questions up to you, but as I cannot wait to read book 4 in the series. I hope that these questions leave you with many questions of your own! Again Jasper Fforde has given us more intriguing characters, a lot of happiness and some sadness of his own making. You cannot help falling for these characters, however unlikely that maybe, and wondering where and what craziness is yet to follow.

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Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde

There is so much detail to be found in these novels that it is sometimes hard to convey how special these stories are. There are so many layers which keep you reading, that also remind you of parts previously mentioned in the other books and you are never sure where the story will take you next or where the journal will end. There are not many authors out there who can achieve this, especially when they are also taking you not only into their stories but through previously written well known fiction from across the ages.

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First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

More questions and answers are waiting for you in this great book, the Thursday Next novels are going from strength to strength without any sign of flagging - they just get more intriguing as the series continues. Where this series will end I have no idea and look forward to being continually surprised, but at the same time I hope that there are many more books to look forward to reading in the coming years (I don’t ask for much).

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One of our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister?

All is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, eager to prove herself worthy of her illustrious namesake.

The fictional Thursday is soon hot on the trail of her factual alter-ego, and quickly stumbles upon a plot so fiendish that it threatens the very BookWorld itself.

"In summary I think this is a great book. It’s so difficult to describe why it works and is so compelling, but Jasper mixes everything I like in a perfect ratio so reading it is a roller coaster of emotions. Don’t be put off by the fact this is the 6th book in a series either, there is so many changes and reinventions for even the seasoned Thursday Next fan that it should be easy for anyone to work out what’s happening without knowing how we got here. It’s definitely a standalone book although within an ongoing series." Fantasy Book Review 

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The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde

The Woman Who Died a Lot was first published in July 2012, number one best-selling author Jasper Fforde's seventh book in his Thursday Next series. A blend of alternate history and comic fantasy it is grand reading material, combining excellent writing and great inventiveness with more great jokes and groan-worthy puns than you could shake a stick at.

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