Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Meet Thursday Next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriend.
There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big.

Acheron Hades has been kidnapping certain characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.
Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

Perhaps today just isn’t going to be Thursday’s day. Join her on a truly breathtaking adventure, and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again …

The Eyre Affair is a gem of a book, funny, irreverent and oh so clever. Thursday herself is a great character and I defy anyone not to fall in love with Pickwick her pet Dodo.

Fforde is an absolute master at word play and the character names used here are just a small part of that, we are introduced among others to Landen Parke-Lane, Jack Schitt and Braxton Hicks. Spotting these was almost as much funa s the novel itself.

Thursday finds herself charged with entering the book world to fix Jane Eyre – someone, somewhere has changed the plot and it must be fixed. An excellent romp around literature ensues and Thursdays ultimate solution is brilliant.

A mix up of alternate universe, fantasy, sci fi, comedy, romance and dystopia this book is a little bit of everything (a librarians nightmare) but great fun to read.

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