Am I the last person in Britain to find the work of Jasper Ffforde? It may be belated, but the discovery has been a joy. Reading some of the other reviews the word ‘romp’ is used frequently – and very appropriately. This book is an undisciplined, original, good-humoured romp. I suspect that those who have given negative reviews have tried to apply the normal standards of literary review, but this book defies such analysis. Go with it, don’t over-analyse and most will find it a breath of fresh air that is a lot fun. This the first in a series of books featuring Tuesday Next, an investigator living a curious version of our world where, for example, the Crimean War rumbles on. Literary crimes are afoot. Not only do we have time travel but also literary travel. The arch-villain enters the text of classic novels and kidnaps the characters.
Some reviewers have described the books as pretentious, but that wasn’t my impression. I found it a good-humoured work that should be especially enjoyed by book-lovers.
I bought it for Kindle from Amazon, but it should also be available in print format from all good bookshops. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)