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Everyone's favourite Book World heroine, Thursday Next, is back in her fifth adventure - by Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

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Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and sucking the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation.

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'Jasper Fforde here mixes nursery rhymes with golden age detective fiction to produce something very accomplished indeed.' -- Guardian 'Fforde's books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terribly mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett. As Humpty Dumpty's life-story is revealed, the mystery becomes curiouser and curiouser, and the compulsion to find out what is going on increases. A real treat.' -- Independent 'Fans of the late Douglas Adams or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' -- Herald 'If you haven't read Jasper Fforde before, THE BIG OVER EASY is likely to come as a surprise ...the combination of fantasy and (more of less) classic murder makes a wild and enjoyable change' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Jasper Fforde here mixes nursery rhymes with golden age detective fiction to produce something very accomplished indeed.' -- Guardian 'Fforde's books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terribly mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett. As Humpty Dumpty's life-story is revealed, the mystery becomes curiouser and curiouser, and the compulsion to find out what is going on increases. A real treat.' -- Independent 'Fans of the late Douglas Adams or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' -- Herald 'If you haven't read Jasper Fforde before, THE BIG OVER EASY is likely to come as a surprise ...the combination of fantasy and (more of less) classic murder makes a wild and enjoyable change' -- Sunday Telegraph

Full of bizarre subplots, many of which don't go anywhere, bestseller Fforde's fifth novel to feature intrepid literary detective Thursday Next (after 2004's Something Rotten) blends elements of mystery, campy science fiction and screwball fantasy a la Terry Pratchett's Discworld. With the Stupidity Surplus reaching dangerously high levels all over England, Acme Carpets employee and undercover SpecOps investigator Next has her hands full trying to persuade her 16-year-old slacker son, Friday, to join the ChronoGuard, which deals with temporal stability; if Friday continues to sleep away his future, the end is near-for everyone. To complicate matters, a malicious apprentice begins making classic works of literature into reality book shows (Pride and Prejudice becomes The Bennets), a ruthless corporation tries to turn the Bookworld into a tourist trap, and the Cheese Enforcement Agency tries to bust Next for smuggling killer curd. The fate of the world may lie in a Longfellow poem. Fans of satiric literary humor are in for a treat. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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