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Shades of Grey :  The Road to High Saffron - Jasper Fforde

Shades of Grey

The Road to High Saffron


Published: 6th January 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 Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood.

Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane -- a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed. For Eddie, it's love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey ...If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels ...neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.

About The Author

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


Engaging, easy read


I bought this book on recommendation - to read in the wee small hours while at home with a new baby. The book is engaging yet easy to read in sections when you have small chunks of time. While the social commentary is fairly obvious, it is delivered in an entertaining way.

Sydney, AU


My favourite book of all time


This book is the most original book I have ever read. It blew me away!!! I am dying with anticipation of the next book. Brilliant and suitable for readers of all ages.Jasper Fforde is so very clever for conceiving this idea.



Shades of Grey

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Fforde seems to have come of age with Shades of Grey. It is altogether more substantial than his previous offerings and unlike them, planned as the first of a trilogy. It s a change of pace, a slight change of style and it is darker. In a word: brilliant - The Sunday Telegraph

Wild and inventive comic fantasy series that deserves its vast popularity - The Age

Fforde juxtaposes quirky humour with dark scenarios, and the result is an entertaining but edgy story with startling relevance for today s world. - The Courier Mail

Brave New World meets 1984 in a new series from British comic genius Jasper Fforde...Fforde's synaesthetic dystopia is intricately wrought and this opening to a promised trilogy will leave readers impatient for more. - The Sunday Times

Upbeat, engaging and at times wickedly unusual in conversation, Fforde is refreshingly devoid of all literary pretension." - West Australian

'Fforde s books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted . . . and are embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett' - Independent

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

'No summaries can do justice to the sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality of the works, nor to their vast repertoire o

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: 9780340963050
ISBN-10: 0340963050
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 6th January 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1