The Eyre Affair  by Jasper Fforde
(Hodder and Stoughton, 2001)

The Eyre Affair

by Jasper Fforde

Meet Thursday next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriend.

There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big.

Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.

Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn’t easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

Perhaps today isn’t going to be Thursday’s day. Join her on a truly breath-taking adventure, and find out for yourself. Fiction will never be the same again…


Packed with ingenious ideas, The Eyre Affair will send readers scurrying back to the classics and looking forward to the next Next adventure ”
- Entertainment Weekly