Jasper Fforde

Black and white image of Jasper Fforde. Photo: Mari Fforde

Last updated: 10 January 2011

Jasper Fforde is a novelist residing and writing in Wales. His popular series of Thursday Next books feature Wales, or more specifically, The Socialist Republic of Wales. (Photo: Mari Fforde)

Jasper Fforde enjoyed a career in the film industry before his publishing career began, working on films such as Golden Eye, The Mask of Zorro (starring Welsh actors Catherine Zeta Jones and Anthony Hopkins) and Entrapment.

Fforde began writing in 1990, but it would be a full decade before his first book, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. This was the first in his series featuring the popular character Thursday Next, the heroine detective persona also in the sequels Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten and First Among Sequels.

His novels, a mix of genres encompassing detective, fantasy, crime thriller and humourous fiction, contain many literary allusions and clever wordplay.

He has also embarked on another series of novels known as "Nursery Crime", the first of which - The Big Over Easy - sees nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty as the victim in a whodunnit. The second, The Fourth Bear, sees the dangerous murderer the Gingerbreadman on the loose together with the disappearance of Goldilocks.

A new series was started with the publication of Shades of Grey in early 2010. His latest novel The Last Dragonslayer was published in November 2010, with the sixth novel in the Thursday Next series, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, due for release in February 2011.

Selected reading

  • The Eyre Affair (2001)
  • Lost in a Good Book (2002)
  • The Well of Lost Plots (2003)
  • Something Rotten (2004)
  • The Big Over Easy (2005)
  • The Fourth Bear (2006)
  • First Among Sequels (2007)
  • Shades of Grey (2010)
  • The Last Dragonslayer (2010)
  • One of Our Thursday's is Missing (forthcoming - early 2011)

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