Thursday Next Novels

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 6,510 ratings

The Eyre Affair Publisher's Summary

The first in a series of outlandishly clever adventures featuring the resourceful, fearless literary detective Thursday Next - a New York Times best seller!

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

Fforde's ingenious fantasy - enhanced by a website that re-creates the world of the novel - unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.

©2003 Jasper Fforde (P)2009 Penguin
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  • Book 1

    • The Eyre Affair

    • A Thursday Next Novel
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,798
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,394

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • six stars

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-13-11

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Eyre Affair

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    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'.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • That's it for me, I'm out.

    • By Simone on 07-19-17

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 2

    • Lost in a Good Book

    • A Thursday Next Novel
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 778
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 668

    Intrepid literary detective Thursday Next is back in the second installment of Jasper Fforde's one-of-a-kind series. The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Jasper Fforde’s magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It takes a little while to get lost...

    • By TwoBadCats on 04-30-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • 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 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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?

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 3

    • The Well of Lost Plots

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why aren't all these books available on audible?

    • By Jeanna on 03-31-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Well of Lost Plots

    • A Thursday Next Novel, Book 3
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 420
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 421

    After two rollicking adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All in all a fun book

    • By MissSusie66 on 06-05-12

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 4

    • Something Rotten

    • A Thursday Next Novel
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 540
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 541

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Re: the different narrator

    • By Karen on 10-06-04

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Something Rotten

    • Thursday Next, Book 4
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 5

    • First Among Sequels

    • A Thursday Next Novel
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 948
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 499

    It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed, and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Most fun series ever!

    • By Barry on 08-09-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • First Among Sequels

    • Thursday Next, Book 5
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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
    • Good addition to the cannon

    • By Michelle-meer on 11-17-17

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 6

    • One of Our Thursdays is Missing

    • A Novel
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 731
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 543
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 541

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not really a Thursday Next book

    • By Kevin on 03-10-11

    Regular price: $23.76

    • 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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 7

    • The Woman Who Died a Lot

    • A Thursday Next Novel, Book 7
    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Emily Gray
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 582
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 524
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 527

    Jasper Fforde's delightfully zany Thursday Next series shows no signs of slowing down with its seventh entry, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Despite being semihappily semi-retired from SpecOps, Thursday accepts the head librarian position at the Swindon library. But soon threats from a supreme Deity, a mnemonomorph, and the nefarious Goliath corporation press Thursday back into active duty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great continuation of the Thursday Next series

    • By Lenny on 10-29-12

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Woman Who Died a lot

    • By: Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another brilliant Thursday Next book

    • By Sandra on 10-17-12

    Regular price: $15.98