Jasper Fforde

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

Shades of Grey Trilogy #1 written 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 [...]

Published: 2009

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Eyre Affair

Thursday Next: Book 1 written 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 B [...]

Published: 2001

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Lost in a Good Book

Thursday Next: Book 2 written by Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of fou [...]

Published: 2002

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Well of Lost Plots

Thursday Next: Book 3 written by Jasper Fforde

Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent famil [...]

Published: 2003

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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Something Rotten

Thursday Next: Book 4 written by Jasper Fforde

The resourceful literary detective Thursday Next returns to Swindon from the BookWorld accompanied by her son Friday and none other than the dithering Hamlet. But returning [...]

Published: 2004

Our rating: 10.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

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First Among Sequels

Thursday Next: Book 5 written by Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next is back. And this time it's personal… Officially, Literary Detective Thursday Next is off the case. Once a key figure in the BookWorld police force [...]

Published: 2007

Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

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One of our Thursdays is Missing

Thursday Next: Book 6 written 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 t [...]

Published: 2011

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Woman Who Died a Lot

Thursday Next: Book 7 written by Jasper Fforde

The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindo [...]

Published: 2012

Our rating: 9.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

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