Start reading The Woman Who Died a Lot: Thursday Next Book 7 on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Woman Who Died a Lot: Thursday Next Book 7 [Kindle Edition]

Jasper Fforde
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £4.31 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.68 (52%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £4.31  
Hardcover £16.54  
Paperback £6.74  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

The seventh book in the Thursday Next series by Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple. Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist. And that's not all. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances, and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy . . .

Books In This Series (7 Books)
Complete Series

  • Product Description


    Praise for Jasper Fforde (:)

    '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)

    'Jam packed with ingeniously witty ideas' (

    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)

    Parallel-universe larks with surreal heroine Thursday Next, trying to get some down time in Swindon. Fat chance (Mail on Sunday Live Magazine)

    More inspired lunacy in a truly funny read (Press Association)

    'Any worries that by now the Thursday Next series would have settled into a rut prove groundless here, as Jasper Fforde delivers another swerveball . . . It's the usual mix of fiendishly clever plotting and exquisitely executed comedy setpieces' **** (SFX)

    Engaging lunacy (Sunday Telegraph)

    As always, Fforde delivers a winner - immensely entertaining and easy to read. The characters are well rounded, and the dialogue snappy, amusing and filled with the usual plays on words and general silliness . . . If you've not experienced Fforde's unique humour before, then check the Thursday Next series out. (The British Fantasy Society)

    While indeed delightfully absurd, Fforde's genius is in making it all make a strange form of sense. Funny. Multi-layered, Enjoyable. Just go and read the damned thing! (Wordsmiff)

    This is truly wacky, laugh-out-loud, literary-laced stuff. He is very clever. (The Bookseller on The Woman Who Died a Lot)

    You won't be disappointed (Euro Crime)

    Hugely funny and gloriously imaginative (Daily Express)

    Book Description

    The seventh Thursday Next novel from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1386 KB
    • Print Length: 401 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340963115
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 July 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008B8KYBI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    • X-Ray:
    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

    More About the Author


    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.

    What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    By Jim J-R
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Book seven in the Thursday Next series once again takes the random-fantasy/crime/met-fiction in a different direction. Thursday has a new job with new responsibilities, and is struggling with her children, one of whom doesn't exist.

    As usual with Jasper Fforde's writing it's a fantastic mish-mash of thrilling adventure and literary puns. I don't know whether they've toned down a bit or my own experience has widened, but I felt that the references were more approachable than in some of the earlier novels where I knew I was missing most of them.

    There are some excellent passages in this story, particularly the way that Fforde deals with the mindworm. The narration, from Thursday's point of view, is superb and presents an intuitive view of the world that tells the reader everything while managing not to realise things herself. This leads to the one plot hole that stands out, where she narrates things she shouldn't know.

    I really love Jasper Fforde's novels and can't get enough of them. Reading 'The Woman Who Died a Lot' has encouraged me to go back and re-read the earlier Thursday novels. A definite must-read series for anyone who loves a bit of slightly-surreal comic fantasy.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 'Proper' Thursday Next! 13 July 2012
    I would love to know what exactly powers Jasper Fforde's imagination. Not only has be produced four different series of completely unique and absurd books, this is the seventh and latest book in the Thursday Next series and it's just as imaginative as ever. In addition to creating a fully-functioning world inside books (complete with the JurisFiction policing agency and grammar-stealing beasts), but the world that 'real' Thursday Next lives in is just as filled out.

    It's especially great that the author takes little snippets of our real lives and tweaks them to fit into the book. TK Maxx, for example, isn't just a designer label outlet store, it's also a time-loop containment facility where dangerous prisoners are kept, condemned to spend eternity stuck in a dentist's waiting room or waiting for their girlfriend to finish trying on clothes.

    This world is also a lot more literary-obsessed than our own - television and all the various gadgets still exist, but books are a much more prominent feature. I love the Marlovian preachers in the earlier books - they traipse from door to door, preaching about how Kit Marlowe was the true author of Shakespeare's works. The Woman Who Died A Lot is no different - the Swindon in this book has its own share of literary asides.

    I do wish that there had been more BookJumping in this book - it's what One of Our Thursdays Is Missing suffered from. Mind, at least this book talked about the BookWorld a lot - you do learn more about its functionality and Golaith's secret interest in it. It's just not the same without the occasional literary character popping up though - where are Mrs Tiggywinkle and Emperor Zhark!?

    Still, although the plot is real world-based, it's a remarkably good one.
    Read more ›
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Is it time for Thursday to retire? 14 July 2012
    By S. B. Kelly VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    For the first few chapters, I feared that this was going to be the same lacklustre stuff as #6, as an injured Thursday attempts to get a job as head of the newly reformed Spec Ops-27 in the teeth of opposition from young, fit Phoebe Smalls, who wants to be like Thursday, only better. Meanwhile, the Almighty has taken to smiting cities and Swindon is next on his schedule. Thursday's genius daughter Tuesday is trying to create an anti-smoting device, but is there enough time? Son Friday has lost his possible future in the Chronoguard with the closure of the programme and been given a troublesome one in its place.

    Then there are the Blyton fundamentalists, who not only want Enid's books restored to their original, un-updated text, but want society restored by those criteria too, and the asteroid, whose chances of collision with the earth seem to rise daily.

    Sadly, although this is much better than #6, the glory days of Lost in a Good Book or The Well of Lost Plots seem far away. There are some nice touches, such as the insane staff at Thursday's new job, the homicidal nun and the shifting of Aornis's mindworm within the family but, in the absence of any forays into the Bookworld, it doesn't add up to enough.

    If you are new to Thursday Next then please don't start here. The books really need to be read in order, starting with The Eyre Affair.

    I see that fforde has already committed himself to #8 but think that it's probably time to retire Thursday Next. I'm looking forward to the sequel to Shades of Grey.
    Was this review helpful to you?
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars fford the imagination 21 Feb. 2013
    By Gary W
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Fforde has an imagination like no other, even Pratchett, and it comes through fine in this book, but at times I did find it a bit hard going at times and is not the best of the series but I did get rewarded for sticking with it. Still funny, still exciting but something wad missing I felt. Maybe I'll find it in the D R M zone
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different and funny 2 Sept. 2012
    By mark
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I had read none of his books before and so had no idea what to expect. I was caught up in the sheer exuberance of the radical shift in perspective that his world conjures up and I have to admire his imagination. This book also made me laugh which I feel earns it an extra star by itself. I suspect that if you are a Pratchett fan then this author will appeal and I certainly reccommend this book to you.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
    Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

    Customer Discussions

    This product's forum
    Discussion Replies Latest Post
    Kindle edition 0 14 Jun 2012
    See all discussions...  
    Start a new discussion
    First post:
    Prompts for sign-in

    Search Customer Discussions

    Look for similar items by category