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The Eyre Affair: Thursday Next Book 1 - Thursday Next (Paperback)
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The Eyre Affair: Thursday Next Book 1 - Thursday Next (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 19/07/2001
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The first book in the phenomenally successful Thursday Next series, from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

'Always ridiculous, often hilarious ... blink and you miss a vital narrative leap. There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters' - Time Out

Meet Thursday Next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriend.

There is another 1985, where London's criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave's MR Big.

Acheron Hades has been kidnapping certain characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.

Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn't easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare's plays.

Perhaps today just isn't going to be Thursday's day. Join her on a truly breathtaking adventure, and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again ...

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340733561
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 196 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 Bronte 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 *
"Neatly delivers alternate history, Monty Pythonesque comedy skits, Grand Guignol supervillains, thwarted lovers, po-mo intertextuality, political commentary, time travel, vampires, absent-minded inventors, a hard-boiled narrator, and lots, lots more. . . . Suspend your disbelief, find a quiet corner and just surrender to the storytelling voice of the unstoppable, ever-resourceful Thursday Next." * The Washington Post *
"Fforde's imaginative novel will satiate readers looking for a Harry Potter-esque tale. . . . The Eyre Affair's literary wonderland recalls Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers series, the works of Lewis Carroll and Woody Allen's The Kugelmass Episode." * USA Today *
[Thursday Next is] part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, and part Dirty Harry. -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times *
Delightfully clever . . . Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion and bibliowit, The Eyre Affair combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but its quirky charm is all its own * Wall Street Journal *
Jasper Fforde's first novel, The Eyre Affair, is a spirited sendup of genre fiction-it's part hardboiled mystery, part time-machine caper-that features a sassy, well-read 'Special Operative in literary detection' named Thursday Next, who will put you more in mind of Bridget Jones than Miss Marple. Fforde delivers almost every sentence with a sly wink, and he's got an easy way with wordplay, trivia, and inside jokes. . . . Fforde's verve is rarely less than infectious * The New York Times Book Review *
What Fforde is pulling is a variation on the classic Monty Python gambit: the incongruous juxtaposition og low comedy and high erudition - this scam has not been pulled off with such off-hand finesse and manic verve since the Pythons shut up shop. 'The Eyre Affair' is a silly book for smart people: postmodernism played as raw, howling farce * Independent *
It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord. Always ridiculous, often hilarious ... blink and you miss a vital narrative leap. There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters * Time Out *
Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously * Terry Pratchett *
Surely a cult in the making * Marie Clare *

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“The Eyre Affair”

This is one of those books that restores your belief that there are still books worth reading out there. This is just so funny that I read in over a couple of days and I was hooked . OK its silly but that's part... More

Paperback edition
22nd July 2009
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“Original storyline”

It is 1985, and in a surreal England the arch criminal Acheron Hades has taken to kidnaping literary figures and holding the to ransom. Thursday Next is a SpecOps investigator who sets about getting everything back to... More

Paperback edition
3rd June 2015
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“The Eyre Affair”

This is a wonderful and escapist read, which brings new meaning to the idea of disapperaring into a good book! Hannah Going, Waterstone's Cardholder.

Paperback edition
9th June 2009
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