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)
Series: Thursday Next
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: January 2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1