Wit and wordplay, parody and playfulness, allusion and appropriation: Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair is to classic literature what Hitchhiker’s Guide is to sci-fi and fantasy

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is set in an alternate England where literature is highly valued and dodos are kept as pets…

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is set in an alternate England, where home-cloned dodos are common house pets and the public’s passion for literature occasionally erupts in street violence. Thursday Next is a literary detective, part of a specialised law enforcement body that protects against and polices crimes against fiction. When a criminal mastermind finds a way to kidnap Jane Eyre from the original manuscript, it is up to Thursday to save both the character and the narrative of Jane Eyre as well as facing some long-avoided troubles from her own past. Full of puns, wordplays and wit, the Thursday Next books are to classics and literature, what the Hitchhiker’s Guide is to Sci-Fi and fantasy.

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