Thursday Next Novels

7 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426 ratings

The Eyre Affair Summary

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.

©2001 Jasper Fforde (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughotn
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  • Book 1

    • The Eyre Affair

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 404
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

    • By Charles on 06-06-13

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 2

    • Lost in a Good Book

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better heard than read?

    • By Titch1978 on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 3

    • The Well of Lost Plots

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow up book

    • By Andy on 27-03-18

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 4

    • Something Rotten

    • Thursday Next, Book 4
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard. It’s not going to be easy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thursday Next, complete at last!

    • By Charles on 10-03-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 5

    • First Among Sequels

    • Thursday Next, Book 5
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Fourteen years after her last adventure, Thursday Next, literary detective, finds herself in an unusual situation her job policing the fictional characters of the BookWorld has been downgraded since her previous escapades are now themselves in print. However, a pressing threat may call her back into action: first Sherlock Holmes and then Miss Marple are found dead, stopping their series in their tracks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why is this an American version?

    • By mrs c westwood on 27-01-18

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 6

    • One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    It is a time of unrest in the BookWorld. Only the diplomatic skills of ace literary detective Thursday Next can avert a devastating genre war. But a week before the peace talks, Thursday vanishes. Has she simply returned home to the RealWorld or is this something more sinister? All is not yet lost. Living at the quiet end of speculative fiction is the written Thursday Next, eager to prove herself worthy of her illustrious namesake.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • wildly confusing - then it becomes gripping

    • By Pippa on 22-02-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 7

    • The Woman Who Died a lot

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • prefer the earlier books

    • By Robert Parr on 18-08-17

    Regular price: £14.99