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Jasper Fforde

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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 Desmond Fforde, married to author Katie Fforde. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films including Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.

His published books include a series of novels starring Thursday Next: The Eyre Affair (2001), Lost in a Good Book (2002), The Well of Lost Plots (2003), Something Rotten (2004) and First Among Sequels (2007). The Big Over Easy (2005), which shares a similar setting with the Next novels, is a reworking of his first written novel, which initially failed to find a publisher. It had the working title of Nursery Crime, which is the title now used to refer to this series of books. The follow-up to The Big Over Easy, The Fourth Bear was published in July 2006 and focuses on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Fantasy
New Books
February 2024

Red Side Story
(Shades of Grey, book 2)
Thursday Next
   1. The Eyre Affair (2001)
   2. Lost in a Good Book (2002)
   3. The Well of Lost Plots (2002)
   4. Something Rotten (2003)
   5. First Among Sequels (2007)
   6. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (2011)
   7. The Woman Who Died A Lot (2012)
Nursery Crime
   1. The Big Over Easy (2005)
   2. The Fourth Bear (2006)
Shades of Grey
   1. Shades of Grey (2009)
   2. Red Side Story (2024)
   Early Riser (2016)
   The Constant Rabbit (2020)
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2003) : The Eyre Affair
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel winner (2004) : The Well of Lost Plots
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (2004) : Lost in a Good Book
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2005) : Something Rotten
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2005) : Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde recommends
Finding Phoebe (2023)
Gavin Extence
"Neurodiversity has a voice, and it's witty and uplifting and enlightening all at once."
The Case of the 'Hail Mary' Celeste (2015)
(Jack Wenlock, Railway Detective, book 1)
Malcolm Pryce
"Complex absurdity of a very special sort. Anyone who loves steam trains, detective thrillers and PG Wodehouse will feel distinctly at home."
The Vesuvius Club (2004)
(Lucifer Box, book 1)
Mark Gatiss
"Darkly erudite and fiendishly unputdownable - Lucifer Box is the most likeable scoundrel since Flashman."

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