Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

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Penguin, Jul 26, 2005 - Fiction - 416 pages
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The fourth installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England

The popularity of Jasper Fforde’s one-of-a-kind series of genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment builds with each new book. Now in the fourth installment, the resourceful literary detective Thursday Next returns to Swindon from the BookWorld accompanied by her son Friday and none other than the dithering Hamlet. But returning to SpecOps is no snap—as outlaw fictioner Yorrick Kaine plots for absolute power, the return of Swindon’s patron saint foretells doom, and, if that isn’t bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she vanquish Kaine and prevent the world from plunging into war? And will she ever find reliable child care? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde’s legions of fans. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with First Among Sequels. Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and Jasper Fforde’s latest bestseller, The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit for a ffull window into the Ffordian world!


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Something Rotten is, for me, probably the pinnacle of fiction, and also of the Thursday next series of books by Jasper Fforde. He is a literary genius. For every cultural or literary tidbit he has ... Read full review

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Book on CD read by Emily Gray. Book four in the Thursday Next fantasy / sci-fi “literary detective” series. The Goliath Corporation is still trying to take over the world, though this time their ... Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Authors Note
Dramatis Personae
A Cretan Mino taurin Nebraska
No Place Like Home
Evade the Question Time
A Town Like Swindon
Ham let and Cheese
Granny Next
Home Again
Practical Difficulties Regarding Uneradications
Breakfast with Mycroft
Weird Shit on the
Dauntsey Services
The Cat Formerly Known as Cheshire
Neanderthal Nation

The Literary Detectives
Time Waits for No
Eradications Anonymous
Mrs Tiggywinkle
The Greatness of St Zvlkx
Spike and Cindy
The Goliath Apologarium
Meeting the
That Evening
Emperor Zhark
Emperor Zhark Again
Cloned Will Hunting
Chimeras and Neanderthals
Victory on the Victory
Roger Kapok
Planning Meeting
The Elan
St Zvlkx and Cindy
What Thursday Did Next
Kaine v Next
Before the Match
WCL SuperHoop88
Sudden Death
Second First Person
Death Becomes
Final Curtain

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Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling series of Thursday Next novels, which includes Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, and The Woman Who Died A Lot. The series has more than one million copies (and counting) in print. He is also the author of The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear of the Nursery Crime series, Shades of Grey, and books for young readers, including The Last Dragonslayer. Visit

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