The Eyre Affair
by Fforde, Jasper
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This debut is the first in a series of "Thursday Next" novels, the second of which is due next year. This book takes the reader to an eccentric parallel world where dodos are regenerated, computers don't exist and policemen can travel across time. This will receive a big promotional campaign and is expected to do very well.
Jasper Fforde's first novel was publishing to astonishing critical and commercial success in 2001. Since then he has written 3 other Thursday next novels, and is working on the first in a new series of crime novels. Jasper lives near Hay-on-Wye and flies Tiger Moth aeroplanes as relaxation.
It's 1985 in England, at least on the calendar; the Crimean War is in its hundred-and-thirty-first year; time travel is nothing new; Japanese tourists slip in and out of Victorian novels; and the literary branch of the special police, led gamely by the beguiling Thursday Next, are pursuing Acheron Hades, who has stolen the manuscript of "Martin Chuzzlewit" and set his sights on kidnapping the character Jane Eyre, a theft that could have disastrous consequences for Brontë lovers who like their story straight. This rambunctious caper could be taken as a warning about what might happen if society considered literature really important-like, say, energy futures or accounting. The New Yorker 20050701
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The Eyre Affair is Jasper Fforde's first novel, and the debut of a fresh and delightfully original new voice.
Hodder And Stoughton Ltd.
0.198 x 0.129 x 0.031 m; 0.266 kg