One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. Book review

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. Hodder and Stoughton (2011) ‘16.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The cover of One of Our Thursdays is Missing bears a quote stating that this book is ‘true literary comic genius’ and describes the author as ‘madcap’, so I opened the book with some trepidation dreading another dismal Terry Pratchett knockoff. I couldn’t have been further from the truth ‘ this cleverly written, intelligent and witty book had me captivated from the first line. Despite being the fifth book in the series, I was able to read and enjoy this on its own merits with no prior knowledge.

The Thursday that is missing is the renowned detective Thursday Next. Her exploits are legendary, and immortalised in fiction. In the Book World, where literary characters live and re-enact the tales that they live in for readers, the written Thursday Next starts to investigate the disappearance of her illustrious namesake.

Travelling through the various lands of Book World (each a separate genre: fiction, thriller, non-fiction, etc.) and even making a trip into the Real World, the written Thursday pieces together the clues in her search for the real Thursday Next, interacting with characters such as ‘Loser Gatsby’, sister to ‘Mediocre Gatsby’, and their elder brother ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The author is clearly highly intelligent, well-educated and very well read. The book is peppered with clever literary jokes, puns and references to other works. It feels at times as though the author is channelling the spirit of the late, great Douglas Adams throughout the novel. If Eoin Colfer ever gives up working on the Douglas Adams sequels, Jasper Fforde would be a fine replacement.

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde. Hodder and Stoughton (2011) ‘16.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The cover of One of Our Thursdays is Missing bears a quote stating that this book is ‘true literary comic genius’ and describes the author as ‘madcap’, so I opened the book with some trepidation dreading another dismal Terry Pratchett knockoff. I couldn’t have been further from the truth ‘ this cleverly written, intelligent and witty book had me captivated from the first line. Despite being the fifth book in the series, I was able to read and enjoy this on its own merits with no prior knowledge.

The Thursday that is missing is the renowned detective Thursday Next. Her exploits are legendary, and immortalised in fiction. In the Book World, where literary characters live and re-enact the tales that they live in for readers, the written Thursday Next starts to investigate the disappearance of her illustrious namesake.

Travelling through the various lands of Book World (each a separate genre: fiction, thriller, non-fiction, etc.) and even making a trip into the Real World, the written Thursday pieces together the clues in her search for the real Thursday Next, interacting with characters such as ‘Loser Gatsby’, sister to ‘Mediocre Gatsby’, and their elder brother ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The author is clearly highly intelligent, well-educated and very well read. The book is peppered with clever literary jokes, puns and references to other works. It feels at times as though the author is channelling the spirit of the late, great Douglas Adams throughout the novel. If Eoin Colfer ever gives up working on the Douglas Adams sequels, Jasper Fforde would be a fine replacement.