Jasper Fforde

A few Shades of Grey short of 50.

Jasper Fforde

Biography

Date of birth: 11 January 1961

Jasper Fforde is a British novelist best known for the Thursday Next novels. His father was John Standish Fforde, 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England and he is also related to the novelist, Katie Fforde.

He worked in the film industry before publishing his first book, The Eyre Affair, in 2001. The first in the Thursday Next books, a series set in a strange parallel universe where fiction can take on a life of its own. His books are known for their literary allusions, wordplay, tightly woven plots and huge doses of metafiction.

He writes another series, the Nursery Crime books, set in the same world as Thursday Next and has recently started two others. The Last Dragonslayer is part of a fantasy trilogy and Shades of Grey which is not to be confused with another popular series by a similar name.

Book and writing awards

Wodehouse prize for comic fiction 2004 (The Well of Lost Plots).

Similar authors to Jasper Fforde

Robert Rankin and Eoin Colfer .

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The Eye of Zoltar

The Eye of Zoltar

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The Mighty Shandar, the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, returns to the Ununited Kingdoms. Clearly, he didn't solve the Dragon Problem, and must hand over his fee: eighteen dray-weights of gold. But the Mighty Shandar...
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The Eyre Affair - Thursday Next Book 1

The Eyre Affair - Thursday Next Book 1 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 19/07/2001
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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone... Read more

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Lost in a Good Book - Thursday Next Book 2

Lost in a Good Book - Thursday Next Book 2 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 18/07/2002
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Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that... Read more

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The Well of Lost Plots - Thursday Next Book 3

The Well of Lost Plots - Thursday Next Book 3 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 19/01/2004
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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... Read more

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Something Rotten - Thursday Next Book 4 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 11/04/2005
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Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet,... Read more

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First Among Sequels - Thursday Next 5 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 24/07/2008
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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... Read more

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One of Our Thursdays is Missing - Thursday Next Book 6

One of Our Thursdays is Missing - Thursday Next Book 6 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 05/01/2012
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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... Read more

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The Woman Who Died a Lot - Thursday Next Book 7

The Woman Who Died a Lot - Thursday Next Book 7 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 31/01/2013
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The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt.... Read more

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The Big Over Easy: An Investigation with the Nursery Crime Division - Nursery Crime Adventures 1 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 19/06/2006
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It's Easter in Reading - a bad time for eggs - and no one can remember the last sunny day. Humpty Dumpty, well-known nursery favourite, large... Read more

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The Fourth Bear - Nursery Crime Adventures 2

The Fourth Bear - Nursery Crime Adventures 2 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 28/06/2007
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The Gingerbreadman - psychopath, sadist, convicted murderer and cake/biscuit - is loose on the streets of Reading. It isn't Jack Spratt's... Read more

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Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 06/01/2011
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Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The... Read more

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The Last Dragonslayer - Last Dragonslayer 1

The Last Dragonslayer - Last Dragonslayer 1 (Paperback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 15/09/2011
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In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form... Read more

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The Song of the Quarkbeast - Last Dragonslayer Book 2

The Song of the Quarkbeast - Last Dragonslayer Book 2 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 30/08/2012
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A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps... Read more

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The Eye of Zoltar - Last Dragonslayer Book 3

The Eye of Zoltar - Last Dragonslayer Book 3 (Hardback)

by Jasper Fforde

Format: Hardback 304 pages
Published: 10/04/2014
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The Mighty Shandar, the most powerful wizard the world has ever seen, returns to the Ununited Kingdoms. Clearly, he didn't solve the Dragon... Read more

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