Friday, 18 May 2012

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next # 1) by Jasper Fforde - Book Review

Title: The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next # 1)
Author: Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction / Humour
Source: Bought Copy

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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 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...
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This is a book I've been meaning to get to for ages and finally I've made it. Let me say first off that it was well worth the effort - this is a ripper read.

I loved the premise of the story and enjoyed its zany twists from start to finish. The plot is great fun and moves at a good pace and the characters are engaging and memorable.

Fforde has a wonderfully quirky sense of humour and the book really put a smile on my face. The literary in-jokes are amusing as are some of the character names. This is certainly a book for literary fans with a sense of humour.

I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fun read and I shall definitely be picking up more books by Fforde in the future.


  1. My favorite book by him is easily "Shades of Grey." All of his books are pretty fun to read, but SHADES is a dystopian that is so well thought out that it blows my mind.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation; I shall certainly check it out!