Jasper Fforde Birth:
Jasper Fforde was born in London on January 11, 1961.
Jasper Fforde Background and Writing:
Jasper Fforde (2012 interview here
), son of a prominent economist for the Bank of England, was raised along with four siblings in London and Wales. He was educated at Dartington Hall School, a progressive boarding school in Devon, from which he graduated in 1979.
After graduation, Fforde worked for years in the film industry. He began as a focus puller and worked on numerous films, including Quills
, The Mask of Zorro
. During this time, he wrote The Eyre Affair
, a surreal, alternate history, mystery that met with 76 rejection letters before finally being published in 2001.
The Eyre Affair was an instant hit in the UK and again in the US, where it hit the New York Times Bestseller list in its first week. Its protagonist, Thursday Next, is an agent with a British police force that handles duties "too unusual or too specialized" to be handled by regular police. She tracks down the stolen manuscript of Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit, by chasing the thief through British classics in a world where the borders between reality and literature are fantastically blurred.
Fforde is also the author of the Nursery Crimes series, featuring Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and Sergeant Mary Mary, who in the series' first novel, The Big Over Easy
, set out to find the culprit responsible for Humpty Dumpty's fatal fall.
Fforde followed The Eyre Affair
with more books in the Thursday Next series; the most recent of which is The Woman Who Died a Lot
, published in 2012. The Last Dragonslayer
, the first in a YA series, also came out in 2012.
Fforde's writing, all of which betrays his instense love of language and literature, is playful, funny, and smart. In January 2010, he published Shades of Grey
, a satirical novel that bears all the hallmarks of Fforde's typically playful imagination. Shades of Grey
is the first of a series of novels set in a dystopic future where a race of people are divided into a "colortacracy," a hierarchy based upon their ability to perceive different ranges in the color spectrum.
Jasper Fforde lives with his wife and four children in Wales where, in addition to writing, he pursues interests in flying and photography.
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