WRITER

Jasper Fforde

1961 - Today

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Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is an English novelist, whose first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. He is known mainly for his Thursday Next novels, but has also published two books in the loosely connected Nursery Crime series, two in the Shades of Grey series and four in the The Last Dragonslayer series. Fforde's books abound in literary allusions and wordplay, tightly scripted plots and playfulness with the conventional, traditional genres. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jasper Fforde has received more than 616,966 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Jasper Fforde is the 6,501st most popular writer (down from 5,897th in 2019), the 5,775th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 5,338th in 2019) and the 658th most popular British Writer.

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  • 620k

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  • 40.56

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.14

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  • 2.78

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Shades of Grey
Color blindness, Social structure, Fiction
An astonishing, hotly anticipated new novel from the great literary fantasist and creator of Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde. As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loyal drone of the Collective. With his better-than-average red perception, he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect.For Eddie, life looks colorful. Life looks good.But everything changes when he moves with his father, a respected swatchman, to East Carmine. There, he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect, rigidly controlled society.Curiosity—a dangerous trait to display in a society that demands total conformity—gets the better of Eddie, who beings to wonder:Why are there not enough spoons to go around?Why is everything—and everyone—barcoded?What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron?And why, when you begin to question the world around you, do black-and- white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey?Part satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, this is the new world from the creative and comic genius of Jasper Fforde.
Something Rotten
Thursday Next (Fictitious character), English women novelists in fiction, Fiction
First Among Sequels
Thursday Next (Fictitious character), English Women novelists, Fiction
The well of lost plots
Imaginary histories, Libraries, Thursday Next (Fictitious character)
The Eyre affair
Books and reading, Thursday Next (Fictitious character), Crimean War, 1853-1856
The Eyre Affair 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. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that's just a prelude . . . Hades' real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it's not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte's novel. Enter Thursday Next. She's the Special Operative's renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft's Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It's tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte's masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids . . . Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing and fun, The Eyre Affair is a caper unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe. Next up in the Thursday Next series: Lost in a Good Book. Read more about it at thursdaynext.com.
The Big Over Easy
Adaptations, Open Library Staff Picks, Nursery rhymes

Page views of Jasper Ffordes by language

Over the past year Jasper Fforde has had the most page views in the with 67,179 views, followed by German (12,500), and Russian (5,435). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ukrainian (77.76%), Hebrew (64.30%), and Estonian (51.08%)

Among WRITERS

Among writers, Jasper Fforde ranks 6,501 out of 7,302Before him are William Kennedy, Lionel Trilling, Lidija Dimkovska, Vachel Lindsay, Ogden Nash, and John Arden. After him are Christopher Moore, George MacDonald Fraser, Countee Cullen, F. Sionil José, Patrick Kavanagh, and Richelle Mead.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1961, Jasper Fforde ranks 569Before him are Sebastiano Nela, Dale Dickey, Orla Brady, Alexis Mendoza, Corey Johnson, and Magda Szubanski. After him are Keith Gordon, Daniel Clowes, Johann Passler, Maxi Priest, Katrin Dörre-Heinig, and Vida Vencienė.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Jasper Fforde ranks 5,775 out of 8,785Before him are Olivia Cooke (1993), Martyn Poliakoff (1947), John Arden (1930), Juno Temple (1989), Bartholomew Gosnold (1572), and Allenby Chilton (1918). After him are George MacDonald Fraser (1925), Ninian Stephen (1923), Edward Andrade (1887), Alan Cox (1968), John Lydgate (1370), and Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford (1868).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Jasper Fforde ranks 658Before him are Mark Akenside (1721), Sabine Baring-Gould (1834), Walter Besant (1836), Angus Wilson (1913), Felicia Hemans (1793), and John Arden (1930). After him are George MacDonald Fraser (1925), John Lydgate (1370), Sidney Lee (1859), Charles Stross (1964), John Gribbin (1946), and Elizabeth Inchbald (1753).