Early Riser (Hardback)
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Early Riser (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 02/08/2018

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Waterstones Says

Master of absurdity Jasper Fforde returns with his brilliant first stand-alone novel. A snow-blasted, chill-filled alt-future satire that demands to be read with comfort-food to hand (trust us).

The new standalone novel from Number 1 bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it's weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren't eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473650220
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Brilliantly funny . . . His relentless imagination and his affection for his characters are contagious and irresistible - New York Times

Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast while exploring every facet of his novel's intriguing premise - Financial Times

Praise for Early Riser - :

It's been worth the wait - Oxford Mail

Fforde pours his brilliant imagination into every corner of this world - Daily Mail

The master of the alternative universe - Press Association

Endlessly imaginative and distinctively quirky, this is entertaining fun - Mail on Sunday

Make(s) us look at our world anew - SFX Magazine

Jasper Fforde lunacy at its best - Daily Express

Fans of Jasper Fforde's unique blend of comicdystopia and quirky British cosiness will not bedisappointed with his first novel in six years - Guardian

the thriller aspect is propulsive - Times

a zany send-up of all things British - Guardian

Praise for Jasper Fforde - :

No summaries can do justice to [Fforde's] sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality' - The Times

Douglas Adams would be proud - Scotsman

Reading a Fforde novel feels like taking off on a magic carpet, only to be picked up by another and another and taken on new flights of fantasy . . . When the plot is thundering along, peppered with jokes, lively dialogue and silly names . . . you just sit back and enjoy the ride. - Scotsman

Fans of the late Douglas Adams, or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde - Herald

Igenious - Terry Pratchett

True literary comic genius - Sunday Express

'Fforde's books are more than just an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terrible mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of Dickens or Pratchett - Independent

Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure. - Telegraph

A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination - Independent

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Fiona Hawke at Portsmouth

“Fabulously, fabulously Fford!”

For those who have never read Fford, this is a characteristically funny, clever Alternate Reality novel in which hibernation is the norm for humanity, Global Cooling is an ongoing issue, Big Pharma is producing a drug... More

Hardback edition
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“A wild and wonderful ride through Jasper Fforde's fertile imagination”

I'm a big fan of Jasper Fforde's particular brand of imagination. I like puns (the worse the better), footnotes and over-the-top weirdness and his books certainly fit the bill for me. Like most people I... More

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“Phenomenonal”

Absolutely amazing, so many clever and entertaining puns wrapped up in an adventure like no other. The line between reality and imagination is intelligently blurred with Mr Fforde's unique style.
One of my... More

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