About The Author
Jasper Fforde was born in London in 1961. Having first worked in the film industry, he published The Eyre Affair in 2001, which was to become the first in a series of 'Thursday Next' novels. The 'Nursery Crimes' series opened in 2005 with The Big Over Easy, followed a year later by The Fourth Bear. His books are known for their playfulness, both with words and with overturning the conventions of other forms, such as the detective novel and fairy tales. His last non Thursday Next novel is Shades of Grey, the opening novel in another series.
The Author at Foyles
We are delighted that Jasper chose Foyles yet again to launch the latest Thursday Next title 'The woman who died a lot' on on July 9th 2012. Giving fans a chance to buy the book a day before publication! Jasper has form on this with our event in February 2011 was also the day before 'One of our Thursday's is missing' hit the shelves. Answering questions from the floor and twitter Jasper admitted that there was no scenario too mad to be excluded from his fantasy Book World.
Fforde first made his name with his Thursday Next series of literary detective novels but at the time of our event in 2010 a third in his Nursery Crimes series was also gestating, although his editor noted that he usually submits five or so drafts of each one before he's happy with it.
Fans hoping to see Thursday on the big screen are likely to be disappointed, however. In the same event Fforde felt that as wordplay and literary references are so large a part of the series' appeal, they wouldn't make for very good films. For now, he's holding onto the film rights and told fans that if, a few years down the line, a film version did materialise, it was a sure sign that he was in need of a new kitchen. In 2011 there interest has not abated however so Fforde may have that kitchen foisted upon him.
Our photograph is from our previous event in January 2010 promoting a new series started with Shades of Grey. Fforde has launched all but one of his eight books at Foyles and is a real favourite with customers and staff alike.
Fforde read from and discussed his latest book, which is set in a world where colour is everything, determining its inhabitants' jobs and social standing, before answering questions from an enthusiastic audience keen to gain insights into how one of Britain's most creative writers manages to keep coming up with such original ideas.
Below the interview is a list of titles by Jasper Fforde currently in print in the UK. You may find other editions in our 'New and Used' section by typing the author's name into the Search field at the top of this page and selecting the 'Author Exact' filter to the far right of the Search field.