Early Riser

Early Riser

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 02/08/2018
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Early Riser
Fabulously, fabulously Fford!
For those who have never read Fford, this is a characteristically funny, clever Alternate Reality novel in which hibernation is the norm for humanity, Glob... READ MORE
Fiona Hawke at Portsmouth
Early Riser
Absolutely amazing, so many clever and entertaining puns wrapped up in an adventure like no other. The line between reality and imagination is intelligentl... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
Early Riser
A wild and wonderful ride through Jasper Fforde's fertile imagination
I'm a big fan of Jasper Fforde's particular brand of imagination. I like puns (the worse the better), footnotes and over-the-top weirdness and his books ce... READ MORE
Jane E Skudder
Early Riser
A wierd and wonderful ride in an alternate, wintery Wales
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Few authors have the interesting flair of Fforde (only Pratchett and Gaiman spring to mind), so it is beyond refershing to ... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Aberystwyth
Early Riser
One fun, reality bending mystery!
This was one brilliantly funny and bonkers book. It's been a while since I have read a book that has just been fun, even with the slightly disturbing thoug... READ MORE
Angie Groves at Blackpool
Early Riser
Truly a book to be savoured
I love Fforde! Sure you might start out completely confused about what's going on, but by the end you'll be in love with his writing as well. He has a true... READ MORE
Adriel Comer


The new standalone novel from Number 1 bestselling author Jasper Fforde. Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling. When you get the dreams too, it's weird. When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity. But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren't eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk. But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473650220
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 620g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm

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Early Riser
A fun romp through frigid Wales
Was this book odd? Yes, it was. Did it leave the reader wondering what was happening from the first? Why, yes, it did. Was it a brilliantly bazaar tale com... READ MORE
Early Riser
So glad he's back!
Jasper Fforde is back after his "creative hiatus" of 2014-2016 and what a return! Five stars I have long been a fan of Fforde's books, but I have never... READ MORE
Beth at Carmarthen Waterstones