first book, The Eyre Affair,
was published in 2001, and was
followed by Lost In A Good
Book (2002), The Well of
Lost Plots (2003) and
Something Rotten (2004). All
revolve around, female
detective, Thursday Next who
lives in a parallel world to our
own where books are paramount,
the Crimean War is still ongoing
and dodos are the pets of
Fforde says that he felt the need to take a break and, to that end, resurrected the concept for a novel that he'd first written in 1993-94, which became The Big Over Easy.
He was planning to publish a new Thursday Next novel this year, but I don't see anything in the publishers catalog for this year, so presumably any new "Next" book has been pushed into next year.
Trivia: The name, Thursday Next, was inspired by Fforde's mother who used to refer to next Thursday as 'Thursday next'!
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