The Eyre Affair:

Paperback | July 19, 2001

byJasper Fforde

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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.

In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great intere...

Jasper Fforde's first novel was publishing to astonishing critical and commercial success in 2001. Since then he has written 3 other Thursday next novels, and is working on the first in a new series of crime novels. Jasper lives near Hay-on-Wye and flies Tiger Moth aeroplanes as relaxation.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.82 × 5.08 × 0.96 inPublished:July 19, 2001Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:034073356x

ISBN - 13:9780340733561

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jasper Fforde is my favourite author Jasper Fforde is amazing, he has created this alternate place where so many things are possible. The detail he puts into his storylines and background and the characters and the settings and his overall prose is phenomenal. If you love anything to do with books/literary characters/the written language then this series is for you! It is full of literary puns and inside jokes for book/history nerds set in a literature obsessed society. The Eyre Affair is the first novel of 6 in a series starring literary detective Thursday Next. Main event: Thursday pursues a master criminal through the pages of Jane Eyre eventually changing the ending of the story. I can not do this book or any of Fforde’s books justice with a measly review on here. All that I can say is you need to pick up this series. I have turned many customers at Coles/Indigo into Fforde junkies and you will be converted too once you begin reading his magical words and well invisioned stories.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Devilish clever Jasper Fforde has written a devilish clever novel. It is partly sci-fi, partly mystery and partly speculative fiction. Thursday Next lives in an alternate world where the Crimean War still wages and England is not an empire but just a country and Wales is a Leninist state. The villian, Acheron Styx, is as evil as they come and has stolen an original manuscript of Dickens and is holding the characters up for ransom. When this Machiavellian plan goes awry, Styx moves on to Jane Eyre. Thursday pursues Styx outside and inside the novel in order to fight this evil. There are a lot of play on words, maybe too many but still fun to catch and chuckle about. This book was okay. Will I read another in the series. Yes, but. I just can't put my finger on what I didn't like but to say it was a little bit too much. As a side note the reader does not have to have read Jane Eyre but it will increase the enjoyment if you have.
Date published: 2011-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and a bit odd, but LOTS of fun! This is a hard book to explain. It takes place in a sort of parallel future world (in Britain) and involves literary characters (mostly from the book Jane Eyre) and the characters in the story flipping back and forth into and out of the book. There are villains, obstacles and confusion. There are also many subtle literary references throughout the book, which you will pick up on if you are well read in the classics and they are fun to try and identify as you make your way through the book. But the story is fun and enjoyable all on its own, so you don't have to be a literary-phile to enjoy the story - that's just a fun extra if you are. It's hard to do this book justice in a review, but it is definitely worth picking up if you like quirky books with lots of humour!
Date published: 2008-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Brilliant wit and story line. Cool use of alternate history of UK to drive the storyline. As detective Thursday next works to rescue kidnapped Jane Eyre, the reader wonders, "Where can I get a pet dodo?"
Date published: 2008-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!! This book is unlike any book I have ever read before! The characters are hilarious, unforgettable and completely loveable. The plot is genius and phenomally executed. I recommened this book and the rest in the series to anyone who loves fiction and a good long hearty laugh!
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So refreshing! There is such a rehashing of ideas around that it's hard to find anything new and refreshing. That's where The Eyre Affair comes in. The author has such a vivid imagination and this book (and the rest of the series) is unlike anything I've read before. The heroine, Thursday Next, is a literary detective who weaves her way in and out of the world of fiction - literally. If you enjoy the land of classic fiction novels, you'll love this!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am so in love with this book. I giggled and grinned my way through it, and was quite cross when I finished it. At least I know there is more to the series beyond this first one. This was one of those books I kept receiving at work and every time I'd get it in I'd say to myself, "Self, you really ought to check this one out of the library. It looks entertaining." Then I would get distracted by a new stack of request books, of life type activities, and it would fall away to my lengthy library wish list. Well worth purchasing.
Date published: 2007-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Roller Coaster of Insanity I love the Eyre Affair. It is the best of the four books in Fforde's series (though the others are also entertaining). I would describe it as a "Fairytale for Adults". The main heroine Tuesday Next finds she has the ability to transport herself inside of books and become involved in their storylines - the result is that she must save Jane Eyre! This is simply where the insanity begins. The book has everything from time travelling, to ruthless mind controlling killers, to genetic mutations, to romance. Despite the ongoing insanity that is the Eyre Affair, it is a tight storyline that wraps up most of the loose ends and leaves enough hanging that you'll want to read the second installment.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly entertaining Be prepared to use your imagination and suspend your disbelief when you pick this novel up. The Eyre Affair is the first in the Thursday Next series and is an original and eccentric book. If you enjoy the writing of Douglas Adams then this is another series for you. Great new characters and a new spin on old favourites. Funny and original, I loved it.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Imaginative Plot This book offers a well written and easy to follow story. What I enjoyed most was the degree of imagination that the author used within this book. This book has many facets to it, part police investigation with a twist, part imaginary aventure with some litterature figures. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone, it is an easy read that has many interesting aspects that make it a unique read.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A twist on the stories we know This is an interesting book, the start of a four book series about Thursday Next and her adventures in the book world. The characters are ones that we know as fiction characters. Somethings which no longer are alive (like the dodo) are living in this series. It makes you remember the stories you knew and it makes you think. Highly entertaining.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I want to be in the Nextian universe A wonderfully imaginative novel, following Thursday Next through her adventures in an alternate 1985. Jasper Fforde incorporates all types of classic novels and characters into his first of the Nextian series. Everything that you've ever wanted to imagine lives in this novel. It is creatively written and everything non-sensical seems to make sense without lengthy explanation, things just are the way Fforde has written them and the reader accepts everything as he presents it.
Date published: 2006-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eyre Affair This book is different than any other book I have ever read. It came as a recommendation to me and I'm glad I decided to pick it up. If you have a vivid imagination and enjoy an entertaining read then this is a book for you!
Date published: 2006-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost without Adams? Just over a year ago, the literary world lost one of the greats, Douglas Adams. This devastated many people. But now there is a new author on the scene who will delight anyone who misses the Adams wit and whimsy. Fforde spins a wild tale around Jane Eyre, a seemingly unending Crimean War, the TRUE authorship of the Shakespeare plays, the Goliath mega Corporation and time travel. A mystery, an adventure, a criticism of 19th century literature and a comedy rolled into one. Most times, this book will make you laugh out loud (it made my neighbours look at me as if I were crazy) and will always at least have you chuckling to yourself. Also a good choice for fans of Terry Pratchett's bizarre creation, Discoworld.
Date published: 2002-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Eyre of Ingenuity As an avid reader, I was intrigued by this brilliant first novel of Jasper Fforde's ... he is truly a literary genius. This is a comical look at great literature, showing all of us how little we appreciate a great book until it is gone. The characters are as unique and loveable as the plot line. THE EYRE AFFAIR is one of those novels that you do not want to stop reading, and yet at the same time, you do not want it to end. It is just that captivating. By far, Fforde's book is the best one that I have ever read! Read it, and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2002-02-01

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It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord. Always ridiculous, often hilarious ... blink and you miss a vital narrative leap. There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters-Time Out