Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday’s memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409.
But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is
‘accidentally’ eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the
Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must
keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also
who she can trust to tell about it...
With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, The Well of Lost Plots is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'.
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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.