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Jasper Fforde
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Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde is a novelist and aviator from Stroud in Gloucestershire, UK. His early career was spent as a focus puller in the movie industry.

His published books are a series of novels starring Thursday Next: The Eyre Affair (2001), Lost In A Good Book (2002), The Well Of Lost Plots (2003), and Something Rotten (2004), with Nursery Crimes to be published in 2005.

Mr Fforde's books are noted for the number of literary allusions, wordplay and the tightly scripted plot, and also the impossibility of deciding which genre they fit into. The simple answer is that they don't, although they all have elements of fiction, parody, and fantasy.

Mr Fforde should also be noted for his use of the internet to add a different level to the books at http://www.thursdaynext.com/index2.html and talks directly to his fans through comments on the Fforum, which has attracted a small community producing parodies and nonsense roughly connected to the 'Nextian Universe'.

Another way to engage readers has been through the insertion of rogue postcards into copies of the books which now sell for not inconsiderable sums, as well as guerilla signings, which often confuse purchasers of his books.