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The Well of Lost Plots
Jasper Fforde
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Publication Date

Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409. But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is 'accidentally' eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it ...

With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, 'The Well of Lost Plots' is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'.

In the words of one critic: 'Don't ask. Just read it.'

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Jasper Fforde spent twenty years in the film business before debuting on the New York Times bestseller list with The Eyre Affair in 2001. Since then he has written another twelve novels, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller One of our Thursdays is Missing, and the Last Dragonslayer series, adapted for television by Sky.

Fforde lives and works in his adopted nation of Wales.

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Supremely surreal.
South Wales Argus

Jasper Fforde has gone where no other fictioneer has gone before.
Millions of readers now follow ... Thank you, Jasper
John Sutherland, Guardian

A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination
Christina Hardyment, Independent

[Fforde's] brand of inspired lunacy truly stands on its own ... this new book completes his creation of a world of true literary comic genius
Sunday Express on The Well of Lost Plots

The third of this cult series sees Jasper Fforde hitting his stride ... should be a joy to anyone who loves reading
Time Out on The Well of Lost Plots

A book this self-conciously clever has no right being so much damned fun
SFX, 5* review, on The Well of Lost Plots

An immensely enjoyable, almost compulsive experience
New York Times on Lost in a Good Book

Douglas Adams would be proud
Scotsman on Lost in a Good Book

Don't ask, just read it.
Fforde is a true original
Sunday Express on Lost in a Good Book

This year's grown-up JK Rowling
Sunday Times on Lost in A Good Book

Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously
Terry Pratchett on The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair is a silly book for smart people; postmodernism played as raw, howling farce

It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord ...
There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters
Time Out, on 'The Eyre Affair'

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Next, Thursday (Fictitious character) - Fiction.|Women novelists, English - Fiction.|Detective and mystery stories.
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