Lost in a Good Book

Lost in a Good Book

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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?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B Format
  • 0340733578
  • 9780340733578
  • 77,427

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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)show more

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Don't ask, just read it. Fforde is a true original Sunday Express Let yourself be entertained by a witty romp Sunday Telegraph This year's grown up J K Rowling Sunday Times Douglas Adams would be proud Scotsman The reader is catapulted in and out of truth and imagination on a hectic, humorous and neatly constructed chase that finishes by tying up every loose end in the most satisfying, novelistic way The Times Jasper Fforde's fascinating first novel reads like a Jules Verne story told by Lewis Carroll...Forget all the rules of time, space, and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure as Thursday, with the help of Jane Eyre's Mr Rochester, fights a desperate battle in which Jane herself is in jeopardy. Sunday Telegraph Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously Terry Pratchett A stroke of fantasy genius ... Unashamedly silly, but also marvellously intelligent ... Hilarious SFX An absolute joy to read. Is it a crime novel? I couldn't really tell, I was laughing too much. Birmingham Post 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 Compulsively readable ... catnip to book lovers ... totally absorbing Time Out New York 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 Dark, funny, complex and inventive, The Eyre Affair is a breath of fresh air, and is easily one of the strongest debuts in years. Locus A decidedly quirky and strangely thought-provoking debut novel Scotland on Sunday The eccentric epic - A read that'll leave you breathless Elle Engaging and captivating ... not just one of the best sequels I've ever read, but one of the best damn books to come out of the UK in some time. Engimashow more

About Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde is the author of three hit Thursday Next novels. After a varied career in the film industry, he now lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.show more

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