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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780340963074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963074
  • ASIN: 0340963077
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 19.9 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales, and has a passion for aviation.

To find out more visit Jasper's website, Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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'It is pure inspired lunacy and the funniest book you will see this year.' (Daily Express)

'Reading a Fforde novel feels like taking off on a magic carpet, only to be picked up by another and another and taken on new flights of fantasy . . . When the plot is thundering along, peppered with jokes, lively dialogue and silly names . . . you just sit back and enjoy the ride.' (Scotsman)

'[One of Our Thursdays is Missing has] freshness and invention bursting from every page' (Sunday Times)

'Jam packed with ingeniously witty ideas' (

This cleverly written, intelligent and witty book had me captivated from the first line . . . the author is clearly highly intelligent, well-educated and very well read . . . It feels at times as though the author is channelling the spirit of the late, great Douglas Adams (British Fantasy Society Journal)

A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb (Daily Mail)

'Fans of the late Douglas Adams, or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' (Herald)

'Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure.' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Fans will lap up the eccentric qualities they've come to expect from Fforde' (News of the World)

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Thursday Next returns in her sixth inventive, funny and fantastical adventure - a Number One bestseller.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the latest Thursday Next story, Fforde has remade the BookWorld in a new image. A new and simpler written Thursday Next is the protagonist and a lot of the perspective has been skewed to a new angle. I happen to really like it, but I can see what it might be a bit Marmitey- existing fans expecting another romp in the mould of Eyre Affair might be a bit disappointed. Though not a particularly inspired compraison, it reminds me of the 2009 Star Trek movie, that rewrote the history book of the series and divided opinion (I like that film too...).

The map at the beginning and end of the book made me worry that Fforde had gone all Lord Of The Rings and would be dwelling on long-winded geography, but actually it's a neat set-up for BookWorld 2.0, where different genres of book are now neighbours, and some genres are threatening all-out war... It's a premise that's good for a whole book-full of clever genre twists, puns, and other wordplay, and it's one of the most densely packed Fforde books to date for that kind of thing- which is a very long-winded way of saying, this book is very funny.

I'm surprised other reviwers, who are clearly also Fforde fans, have been so down on "One Of Our Thursdays...". After I had felt that the previous Thursday Next novel was beginning to offer diminishing returns, this is a really exciting new lease of life for the series. I ended up reading it in one day, putting it down only when absolutely necessary.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Kelly VINE VOICE on 3 Mar 2011
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I love the Thursday Next novels and have read them all a number of times. I'd pre-ordered this one and was eagerly awaiting its publication. A week later, I feel mildly let down.

The problem is that the hero of this book is not the 'real' Thursday but her BookWorld version, whom we met in First Among Sequels. She's a pale shadow of the 'real' Thursday; okay, she learns a lot in the course of the novel, but she still lacks oomph.

There's some good stuff: Thursday's robot sidekick-cum-butler, Sprocket, is a classic fforde character and there are a few good jokes (Deal Or No Deal is a popular woodworking programme) but it doesn't stop many chapters from being frankly dull, something I never imagined fforde capable of.

The series is in danger of disappearing up its own tricksiness. Fforde proved in Shades Of Grey that has lost none of his eccentric brilliance, so perhaps it's time to call an end to Thursday's adventures and concentrate on Eddie & Jane.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucybird on 31 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
I found One of our Thursdays is Missing quite different from the other books in the Thursday Next series, not least because you could tell it was written Thursday who was speaking. Although the tone was similar the way in which written Thursday approached things was markedly different to that of real Thursday. Partly because of this I found the One of Our Thursdays is Missing was a little slow to start, however I did also find this about First Among Sequels so it may just be the pattern the series is taking, certainly in both there was more that needed to be explained,

Having said that having written Thursday speaking made a big difference which somewhat slowed down the plot I did like the new Thursday. She was much more pondering and less action focussed than Thursday and it felt like she was discovering things along with the reader rather than leaving them puzzling. I suppose that could be a bad thing but at points she left little tantalising details which suggested that she knew more, I liked that because it made her seem more like a written person, like she was trying to make a narrative, and it kept me interested to find out what she knew.

There were a lot of things I did love about this book. I loved how where before there had been references to novels ow there were references to writing, I especially liked when the characters got lost because of lack of references to who was speaking! I loved written Thursday, she was like a softer version of real Thursday and it was nice to have a little change, even if it meant the book was more pondering.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By simon211175 VINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2012
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I love this series. The Eyre Affair was something new, well written, funny and with an excellent plot. The series continued to hold my interest and to place Fforde as one of my favourite authors.

This book I found hard to get in to. The start seemed to be overrun with puns regarding the BookWorld, the characters within and the readers from RealWorld. The book centres around The Written Thursday Next, rather than the real one, and as weird as it sounds, the story felt as though it was struggling to keep to the standard that the real Thursday Next had us used to.

Then the story started getting interesting. I'm not sure what plot device was used, but all of a sudden I started really enjoying this book - as much as I had the previous five books. The ending here has left us with plenty of scope for a seventh book, something I hope we will get to see.

If you start reading this book and find you aren't enjoying it as much as the others - keep going. It is worth it.

I also really liked the following sentence from this book, so thought it worth a mention: "The trip back downriver was uneventful, and over in only twelve words."

Now go read it.
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