Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality
(dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken
very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that
Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the
Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John
Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for
the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In
the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and
kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the
novel ever printed! But that's just a prelude...
Hades' real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it's not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte's novel. Enter Thursday Next. She's the Special Operative's renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft's Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It's tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte's masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids.
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Jasper Fforde (born 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.
Photo: Jasper Fforde at the 2012 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, United States. Photo author: Larry D. Moore. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.