The mighty Thursday Next series is currently one of the biggest bestsellers in literature, and the fans will be happy to learn that The Eyre Affair is the very first installment. Jasper Fforde created an alternative reality where it's 1985 and people are used to time traveling, cloning and all the other things that we can only dream about.
Literature, on the other hand, is under heavy surveillance and you can get in a lot of trouble if you mess around with it. In this world, you can quite literally get lost in a poem or get prosecuted for reading out loud the wrong verses. And Next is a top-class agent in "literary detection" who takes care of business and handles the hardest cases. Going after criminals is what she does for a living.
However, when some mysterious person starts kidnapping characters from various books and even cuts Jane Eyre out of Bronte’s world-famous novel, agent Next doesn't really know what to do about that and how to track him down. This challenge might be the biggest one in her career yet, and if she fails to bring the kidnapper to justice, it might be the end of her professional life. On the other hand, if she succeeds, the literary world will be saved!
Fforde's brilliant mind created a unique, one-of-a-kind book that elegantly combines English literature with a regular thriller/crime story and turns it all into a marvelous journey for the readers. The Eyre Affair is a wonderful novel, an amazing experience that will linger on forever. If you appreciate smart, funny, unusual and gripping stories with superb characters, this is definitely a book to check out.