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Lost in a Good Book :  A Thursday Next Series : Book 2 - Jasper Fforde

Lost in a Good Book

A Thursday Next Series : Book 2


Published: January 2010
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Jasper Fforde's hit follow-up to THE EYRE AFFAIR.

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination. Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan.

But whose? and why?

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and chewing the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

Welcome to England in 1985, although it may not be quite as you remember it. It is unlikely, for example, that you recall seeing or hearing about the migrating mammoths or the Gravitube, a transport system that could whisk you to New York or Australia in under an hour. Unlikely indeed because this is an England of Jasper Fforde's imagination and it is quite gloriously barmy. Thursday Next, the government agent heroine of Fforde's highly successful novel The Eyre Affair, returns to continue her adventures. In the last instalment she ended up inside the pages of Jane Eyre on the trail of master criminal Acheron Hades. She escaped with her life but the plot of the classic novel was irrevocably altered. Now, back in the 'real' world, her exploits have made her famous but the attention is not always welcome. Certain shadowy figures are still upset that Thursday left one of their number in Poe's The Raven, and they will try all manner of dirty tricks to 'persuade' her to retrieve him. As if this were not enough, the Earth is about to be threatened with devastation from a very unlikely source. To make things right, Thursday will have to travel through time and fiction, difficult and dangerous at the best of times but even more complicated if, like her, you happen to be pregnant. Lost In A Good Book defies simple summarization but taken as a whole it has a certain daft logic, and no small amount of charm. The novel wears its Kafka and Lewis Carroll influences proudly, even introducing the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen and the courtroom from The Trial to excellent effect. The reader must be prepared for absolutely anything because all rules of time and reality are hopelessly blurred as we follow Thursday through Great Expectations, Swindon and the washing instructions on a pair of jeans. It might be worth reading The Eyre Affair first in order to see exactly how Thursday got to where she is at the beginning of this second episode, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone work. The journey is thrilling and unpredictable, peppered with literary references and in-jokes that reward the well-read, and altogether a joy. (Kirkus UK)

Jasper Fforde

Jasper began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1990, and spent ten years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-mans-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd.

After receiving 76 rejection letters from publishers, Jasper's first novel The Eyre Affair was taken on by Hodder & Stoughton and published in July 2001. Set in 1985 in a world that is similar to our own, but with a few crucial - and bizarre - differences (Wales is a socialist republic, the Crimean War is still ongoing and the most popular pets are home-cloned dodos), The Eyre Affair introduces literary detective named 'Thursday Next'. Thursday's job includes spotting forgeries of Shakespeare's lost plays, mending holes in narrative plotlines, and rescuing characters who have been kidnapped from literary masterpieces.

Luckily for Jasper, the novel garnered dozens of effusive reviews, and received high praise from the press, from booksellers and readers throughout the UK. In the US The Eyre Affair was also an instant hit, entering the New York Times Bestseller List in its first week of publication.

Since then, Jasper has added another four to the Thursday Next series and has also begun a second series that he calls 'Nursery Crime', featuring Jack Spratt of The Nursery Crime Division. In the first book, 'The Big Over Easy', Humpty Dumpty is the victim in a whodunnit, and in the second, 'The Fourth Bear', the Three Bear's connection to Goldilocks disapperance can finally be revealed.

In January 2010 Jasper will be revealing a new book, called 'Shades of Grey', in which a fragmented society struggle to survive in a colour-obsessed post-apocalyptic landscape. Don't worry, it's not that serious.

Jasper lives and writes in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

Visit Jasper Fforde's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780340733578
ISBN-10: 0340733578
Series: Thursday Next
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: January 2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1