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Jasper Fforde Interview
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Jasper Fforde talks about "The Last Dragonslayer" and visits Hereford, where the book is set.
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::2012/10/01::
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"Well Read" -- Jasper Fforde, "The Woman Who Died A Lot"
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::2012/11/27::
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Jasper Fforde on Shades of Grey
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::2010/02/02::
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Book Review: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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::2012/03/26::
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The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde BOOK TRAILER
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde BOOK TRAILER
::2012/08/22::
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Jasper Fforde talks about when the
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::2012/07/24::
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Review | Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Review | Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
::2014/03/30::
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REVIEW: The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
REVIEW: The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
::2012/06/20::
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SHADES OF GREY - JASPER FFORDE
SHADES OF GREY - JASPER FFORDE
::2009/12/18::
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Google Play Presents: Jasper Fforde
Google Play Presents: Jasper Fforde
::2012/07/20::
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Discussion | Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Discussion | Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
::2014/04/01::
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Book Review | The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
Book Review | The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
::2013/06/15::
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Review The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Review The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
::2014/01/29::
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Audiobook: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime  by Jasper Fforde
Audiobook: The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde
::2010/09/28::
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Jasper Fforde talks about the new Thursday Next book:
Jasper Fforde talks about the new Thursday Next book: 'The Woman Who Died a Lot'
::2012/07/03::
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Audiobook: The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by  Jasper Fforde
Audiobook: The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde
::2011/11/24::
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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
::2012/05/19::
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Originalslushey Reads: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (Sudo Book Review)
Originalslushey Reads: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (Sudo Book Review)
::2014/03/18::
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#YTBookClub discusses THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde
#YTBookClub discusses THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde
::2013/01/05::
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Review: Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Review: Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde
::2013/07/26::
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Jasper Fforde  - Thursday Next: First Among Sequels
Jasper Fforde - Thursday Next: First Among Sequels
::2007/07/19::
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Book Reviews - The Death Cure, Fahrenheit 451, Shades of Grey
Book Reviews - The Death Cure, Fahrenheit 451, Shades of Grey
::2012/01/25::
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Book Review | Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Book Review | Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
::2013/11/08::
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Jasper Fforde explains how you can get him to appear at a bookshop near you.
Jasper Fforde explains how you can get him to appear at a bookshop near you.
::2012/09/17::
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BOOK TRAILER - The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde - #YTBookClub Discussion Tonight!
BOOK TRAILER - The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde - #YTBookClub Discussion Tonight!
::2013/01/05::
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Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
::2012/02/15::
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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - Book Review
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - Book Review
::2013/11/13::
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Book Review: "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde
Book Review: "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde
::2013/05/11::
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Jasper Fforde Used Book Giveaway / US Only (CLOSED)
Jasper Fforde Used Book Giveaway / US Only (CLOSED)
::2013/09/30::
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29 settembre - Jasper Fforde
29 settembre - Jasper Fforde
::2008/09/30::
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Book Review (10): Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
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::2012/10/15::
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100 Books You Must Read - #33 - The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
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Vorgestellt: Grau von Jasper Fforde
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REVIEW: Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde
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Book Review - "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde
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::2014/08/14::
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"Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde (review)
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Giveaway Winner  / Jasper Fforde books (used)
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::2013/10/20::
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REVIEW: The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Nursery Crime, Book 1)
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Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde | Review
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Reading from "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde
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Liesbeth over Zaak jane eyre - Jasper Fforde
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ASMR Ear-to-Ear Soft Spoken Excerpt from Jasper Fforde
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Read For Pixels 2014 Hangout with Jasper Fforde
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Jasper Fforde at Politics & Prose, 7/25/07
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Interview de Jasper Fforde -2
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One of Our Thursdays is Missing, Jasper Fforde - 9780670022526
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Winter Reading 2011: Diana Hyle Discusses The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Jasper Fforde
Jasper fforde 2012.jpg
Fforde at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1961-01-11) 11 January 1961 (age 53)
London, England
Occupation Novelist
Genre Alternate history, comic fantasy
Literary movement Postmodern literature
Website
jasperfforde.com

Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is a British novelist. Fforde's first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. Fforde is mainly known for his Thursday Next novels, although he has written several books in the loosely connected Nursery Crime series and has begun two more independent series, The Last Dragonslayer and Shades of Grey.

Family[edit]

Fforde was born in London on 11 January 1961, the son of John Standish Fforde, the 24th Chief Cashier for the Bank of England (whose signature appeared on sterling banknotes during his time in office). He is the cousin, by her marriage to Desmond Fforde, of the author Katie Fforde,[1] the grandson of Polish political adviser Joseph Retinger,[2] and a great-grandson of journalist E. D. Morel.

Early life[edit]

Fforde was educated at the progressive Dartington Hall School, and his early career was spent as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on a number of films, including The Trial, Quills, GoldenEye, and Entrapment.[3]

Novels[edit]

Fforde published his first novel, The Eyre Affair, in 2001.

His published books include a series of novels starring the literary detective Thursday Next: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels, One of our Thursdays Is Missing and The Woman Who Died a Lot. The Eyre Affair had received 76 publisher rejections before its eventual acceptance for publication.[4] Fforde won the Wodehouse prize for comic fiction in 2004 for The Well of Lost Plots.[5]

The Big Over Easy (2005), set in the same alternative universe as the Next novels, is a reworking of his first written novel, which initially failed to find a publisher. Its original title was Who Killed Humpty Dumpty?,[6] and later had the working title of Nursery Crime, which is the title now used to refer to this series of books. These books describe the investigations of DCI Jack Spratt. The follow-up to The Big Over Easy, The Fourth Bear, was published in July 2006 and focuses on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Fforde's books are noted for their profusion of literary allusions and wordplay, tightly scripted plots, and playfulness with the conventions of traditional genres. His works usually contain elements of metafiction, parody, and fantasy. None of his books has a chapter 13 except in the table of contents where there is a title of the chapter and a page number. In many of the books the page number is, in fact, the page right before the first page of chapter 14. However, in some the page number is just a page somewhere in chapter 12.

Shades of Grey, the first novel in a new series, was published December 2009 in the United States and January 2010 in the United Kingdom. The sixth Thursday Next novel One of our Thursdays is Missing was published in February 2011.[7]

Fforde also plans a third Nursery Crime novel, The Last Great Tortoise Race: The Last Great Tortoise Race will be the third and final instalment of the NCD series. It is scheduled for 2014.[8]

In November 2010 he produced The Last Dragonslayer, unconnected with his other works but in a similar though simplified style, a young-adult fantasy novel about a teenage orphan.[9] The book is the first in a trilogy.[10] The second book in the series, The Song of the Quarkbeast, was released in November 2011.[dated info]

Short stories[edit]

In 2009, Fforde published a story in the Welsh edition of Big Issue magazine (a magazine distributed by the homeless) called "We are all alike" (previously called "The Man with no face").[11] He also published "The Locked Room Mystery mystery" [sic] in the The Guardian newspaper in 2007 and this story remains online.[12] The U.S. version of Well of Lost Plots features a bonus chapter (34b) called "Heavy Weather", a complete story in itself, featuring Thursday Next in her position as Bellman.

Other interests[edit]

Fforde has an interest in aviation and owns and flies a Rearwin Skyranger.

Bibliography[edit]

Fforde Ffiesta[edit]

Originating with the Fforde Ffestival in September 2005, the Fforde Ffiesta (cf. Ford Fiesta) is now an annual event built around Fforde's books and held in Thursday Next's home town of Swindon. Held over the May bank holiday weekend, people travel from as far away as Australia and the USA to take part in a wide range of events, including a re-enacting of gameshow Name That Fruit, Hamlet Speed Reading competitions and interactive performances of Richard III.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jasper Fforde Fan club FfAQs". Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Jasper Fforde website". Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ Jasper Fforde at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ John Sutherland (26 July 2003). "If it's Thursday it must be the valley of death". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  5. ^ John Ezard (31 May 2004). "Lost Plots gains a prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  6. ^ Peter Guttridge (19 June 2005). "Back off or Humpty Dumpty gets it". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Jasper Fforde's twitter page". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com : Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  9. ^ "The Last Dragonslayer". Jasper Fforde.com. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Dragonslayer page". Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  11. ^ Jasper Fforde's website. http://www.jasperfforde.com/bookshelf/bookother_6.html
  12. ^ Guardian website. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/dec/24/extract.originalwriting
  13. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com : Next Book, New Page: News of upcoming publications". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com : What's New, Fforde News Flash 23rd Feb 2012". Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Jasper Fforde Official Site 'Next Book'". Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  16. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com : What's New". Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  17. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com : Next Book". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  18. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Early-Riser-Jasper-Fforde/dp/1444763598/
  19. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com: Next Book". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  20. ^ "Jasper Fforde.com". Retrieved 2011-02-22. 

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