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The third book in the phenomenal Thursday Next series from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

In the words of one critic: ‘Don’t ask. Just read it.’

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is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled ‘Caversham Heights’.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


Jasper Fforde has gone where no other fictioneer has gone before. Millions of readers now follow ... Thank you, Jasper
John Sutherland, Guardian
A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination
Christina Hardyment, Independent
[Fforde's] brand of inspired lunacy truly stands on its own ... this new book completes his creation of a world of true literary comic genius
Sunday Express on The Well of Lost Plots
The third of this cult series sees Jasper Fforde hitting his stride ... should be a joy to anyone who loves reading
Time Out on The Well of Lost Plots
A book this self-conciously clever has no right being so much damned fun
SFX, 5* review, on The Well of Lost Plots
An immensely enjoyable, almost compulsive experience
New York Times on Lost in a Good Book
Douglas Adams would be proud
Scotsman on Lost in a Good Book
Don't ask, just read it. Fforde is a true original
Sunday Express on Lost in a Good Book
This year's grown-up JK Rowling
Sunday Times on Lost in A Good Book
Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously
Terry Pratchett on The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair is a silly book for smart people; postmodernism played as raw, howling farce
It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord ... There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters
Time Out, on 'The Eyre Affair'