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Creator / Jasper Fforde

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Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is a British science-fiction, fantasy, and detective mystery novelist, oftentimes all three at once.

He's the mind behind such offbeat series as Thursday Next, Nursery Crime, and Shades of Grey, and famous for his humorous style, both silly and highly intellectual, playing quite liberally with meta-fictional concepts (And for the puns. Tons and tons of puns).

Fforde is an aviation buff and enjoys flying, and before publishing his first book, The Eyre Affair, in 2001, he worked as a cameraman on such Hollywood productions as GoldenEye, Quills, and Entrapment.

In 2010, Fforde published his first offering for young adults with The Last Dragonslayer.

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The Thursday Next Series:

  • The Eyre Affair (2001)
  • Lost in a Good Book (2002)
  • The Well of Lost Plots (2003)
  • Something Rotten (2004)
  • First Among Sequels (2007)
  • One of our Thursdays is Missing (2011)
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot (2012)

The Nursery Crime Series:

  • The Big Over Easy (2005)
  • The Fourth Bear (2006)
  • The Last Great Tortoise Race (not yet released)

The Shades of Grey Series:

  • Shades of Grey (2009) note 
  • Red Side Story (scheduled for February 6th, 2024)

The Last Dragonslayer Series:

Standalone Novels:

Commonly Used Tropes

  • Alternate History:
    • The Thursday Next series is set in an alternate present in which the Crimean War lasted nearly a hundred years. In addition, Wales has broken away from the Commonwealth to form a Socialist government, cheese imports are heavily regulated (and sold illegally), and literature is more popular than sports.
    • In Early Riser the last Ice Age never ended, most of the population hibernates over winter because temperatures as low as -20C are common and mammoths, wooly rhinos and glypodonts still exist. On the other hand so do all the countries we're familiar with (although Wales is an independent nation (as in the Thursday Next series)) exist as does at least one, the Ottoman Empire, that doesn't anymore. So do many common foods and products like Snickers bars.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Every chapter of Fforde's books begins with an Epigraph originating from an In-Universe source; Thursday Next and Early Riser have excerpts from the biographies of various characters, Nursery Crime has excerpts of news articles, and Shades of Grey features snippets from the Rules.
  • Genre Savvy: As most of Thursday Next's adventures take place inside the world of fiction, she is able to avoid trouble as she already knows how the stories end. Subverted in that, if she's not careful, she can change the outcome of the story (an important plot point in The Eyre Affair).
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: As a member of Jurisfiction (the police force of BookWorld), Thursday fights crime alongside Miss Havisham, the Cheshire Cat, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
  • Nursery Rhyme: The Nursery Crime series features DI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary, who are regularly involved in crimes involving characters from children's literature.