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Publisher's Summary

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is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'.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'.

Please note: Chapter 13 has been intentionally omitted from this title.

©2003 Jasper Fforde (P)2003 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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  • Jeanna
  • Nowra NSW, Australia
  • 03-31-13

Why aren't all these books available on audible?

Where does The Well of Lost Plots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Equal to all the others of the Thursday Next series. Jasper Fforde is the quintessential writer of books you want to hear out loud - a romp, English literature lesson, suspense and hilarity, all rolled up in one package. How can one not listen to them?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Well of Lost Plots?

All equally good

What about Gabrielle Kruger’s performance did you like?

At first I didn't think e voice fit Thursday Next as I had imagined her to be. Now, it can't be anyone but her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, a hell of a lot

Any additional comments?

Please, oh please, get the rest of this series on audible.com, soon. Then get onto the two book nursery crime series. I have friends who I know would sign up to audible, just for those nine books.

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  • Andy
  • 03-27-18

Great follow up book

keeps the plot going over the other books and still works as a stand alone book

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  • Cherry Rogers
  • 03-10-18

Very enjoyable book!

This book has some very interesting and unusual ideas. A really good read. Also very amusing.

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  • davis@6eaststreet.freeserve.co.uk
  • 01-29-18

Very funny!

I love this series - such a clever concept for bookworms. Being secretly smug for recognising the literary references which makes it sound stuffy but this is anything but - Thursday Next jumps from the real world into Book World by reading herself into a book and meets so many wonderful characters. I particularly like the 'generics' who gradually become filled out into proper characters. A whole new well- thought-out world awaits the reader and, lucky us there's a whole series.

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  • Laurina
  • 05-30-15

Clever & funny

Both a tribute and a satire on fiction and modern life. A book for lovers of books!

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  • V J Greenwood
  • 12-03-13

Simply Brilliant!

What made the experience of listening to The Well of Lost Plots the most enjoyable?

The narrator really 'worked' for the book, she was a very convincing Thursday Next. The story is so unusual, I couldn't get into the series when I read them, but listening to the audiobooks is perfect!

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  • Binkysmum
  • 10-14-18

Well conceived and really very funny

Enjoying this whole series- this book was especially inventive. The quirkiness and humour of literary characters made real

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  • Steph H
  • 03-16-18

Great book

You can really tell Jasper Fforde is getting into his stride with this novel. The regular characters are well rounded and the new characters are given plenty of scope to stretch their legs. It moves at a great pace, taking it's time where it needs to so that when the finale is upon us it's all very nicely set up and goes full speed ahead.

Really love the reading by Gabrielle Kruger, she has Thursday's voice down to a 't' and her voices for the other characters are excellent.

If you want something that's grounded in books but completely off the wall then I recommend this series.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-17-15

Another great book!

Came across these books only recently after being recommended by a friend. Can honestly say I'm very grateful to her for the recommendation. The books are entertaining and original. The narration is excellent. Now looking for the next (no pun intended) one in the series.

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  • AJ
  • 10-23-14

Well of no plot

I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series, they've followed a pattern of 90% funny tongue in cheek detective novel, mixed with 10% literary references.

And what literary references there were tended to be very mainstream - nursery rhymes for example.

Works well if you have zero interest in classic literature or struggle to tell a verb, adverb, noun or pronoun from an adjective, and works even better you are more of an English lit. buff.

This one alas is 10% plot & 90% pretentious PHD in English lit "oh my a pun about conjunctive vowels!". It felt like wading through the most boring English lesson ever taught by someone who has dedicated their life to the collected works of Jane Austen, in desperate search of a story.

Its clear he is trying to educate people in a "fun" way about verbs, what motivates the characters of Wuthering Heights etc, but it comes at the expense of the plot. And unless you have a HUGE fascination with, say Wuthering Heights its just tedious.

Only the fact the previous books were so good stopped me giving up. Now I sort of wish I had.

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  • Helen
  • 06-01-13

Liked it but the First was Even better

Crazy story that entertaint me very well, but maybe you Should know the first book

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  • Emma Fox
  • 09-16-18

thoroughly engrossed

i was so involved with it I burned two dinners listening to it!! What a world.