The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next Series #7)

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next Series #7)

by Jasper Fforde


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The seventh 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—from the author of Early Riser

With more than one million books in print worldwide, Jasper Fforde’s beloved series charms a growing number of readers with each new adventure. In The Woman Who Died a Lot, Thursday Next faces her trickiest assignment yet.

When her former SpecOps division is reinstated, Thursday assumes she’s the obvious choice to lead the Literary Detectives. Instead, she’s put in charge of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso’s Drink Not Included Library. But where Thursday goes, trouble follows. As the new Chief Librarian faces one-hundred-percent budget cuts and the ever-evil Jack Schitt, the Next children face their own career hiccups—and possible nonexistence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147509765
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Thursday Next Series , #7
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 223,915
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales.


Brecon, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom

Date of Birth:

January 11, 1961

Place of Birth:

London, United Kingdom


Left school at 18

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Praise for One of Our Thursdays is Missing

One of Our Thursdays is Missing, like other Fforde novels, is jam packed with spot-on parody, puns and wry observations about words and genres that will delight literary-minded fans of the series.” - Los Angeles Times

“There is no denying Fforde’s supersized imagination, linguistic agility and love of books, Books, BOOKS.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Fforde’s diabolical meshing of insight and humor makes a ‘mimefield’ both frightening and funny, while the reader must traverse a volume that’s minefield of unexpected turns and amusing twists.” - Publishers Weekly

One of Our Thursdays is Missing is filled with passages [in] which geeky humor jostles with genuine insight about the current state of fiction.… [T]ake a joy ride with the passionate reader who wrote this novel.” - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“[With a] furiously agile imagination…Fforde has shaken up genres—fantasy, comedy, crime, sci-fi, parody, literary criticism—and come up with a superb mishmash with lots of affectionate in-jokes for any book lover.” - Miami Herald

“Fforde is a breath of fresh air.” -Kirkus

“Fforde’s books are more than just an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted. They have empathetic heroes and heroines who nearly make terrible mistakes and suitably dastardly villains who do. They also have more twists and turns than Christie, and are embellished with the rich details of Dickens or Pratchett.” -Independent

“A riot of puns, in-jokes and literary allusions that Fforde carries off with aplomb.” - Daily Mail

“Fans of the late Douglas Adams, or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde.” Herald

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The Woman Who Died A Lot: A Thursday Next Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Thursday Next series from book 1 and it continues to entertain and amuse through its latest volume. It's nice to watch the characters age and grow, while continuing to follow them through the crazy adventures of their lives. I very much look forward to whatever comes next in this excellent series.
MelbertZ More than 1 year ago
You'd think that the crazy puns and wit of Fforde would be canned by the seventh Thursday Next's not. It's much more of a family story than the previous books, and yet, it isn't sappy. He's funny and off-the-wall as always, the only thing that makes me sad is knowing it'll be a year or longer before we Americans can get any new Fforde.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Woman Who Died A Lot is the seventh book in the popular Thursday Next series by Welsh author, Jasper Fforde. Some two years after her last (almost fatal) adventure, Thursday Next is still slowly recovering, but when Swindon’s council decides to offset their Stupidity Surplus by reforming Spec Ops, she is eager to head SO27, the Literary Detectives. That job goes to Phoebe Smalls, young, smart and enthusiastic; Thursday is offered Chief Librarianship of the Wessex All You Can Eat At Fatso’s Drinks Not Included Library Services. But this seemingly boring job does not keep Thursday out of the action (in a world where libraries are treasured and librarians have power!) The vengeful Deity is intent on smiting the sinful, and Swindon is the target in 4 days’ time (sixteen-year-old Tuesday is working on perfecting an anti-smiting technology in between school and researching Dark Reading Matter); Goliath are definitely up to something as their synthetic copies of Thursday are becoming increasingly sophisticated; mysteriously, rare and ancient codices by St. Zvlkx are being vandalised. As if that’s not enough, with the Chronoguard now defunct, eighteen-year-old Friday’s purpose in his life is revealed by a Letter of Destiny: he will murder Gavin Watkins and spend 30 years in jail. Jack Schitt and Aornis Hades make unwelcome reappearances, and fans of Fforde’s Last Dragonslayer series will recognise the Blessed Ladies of the Lobster. Thursday gets a tattoo, Tupperware is put to unusual use, Enid Blyton fundamentalists make threats, Imaginary Childhood Friends and ninjas prove their worth in scientific research and Thursday’s dodo, Pickwick makes an enormous contribution. Fforde introduces the novel concept of global expectation affecting future events and explains senior moments and the Aldi grocery chain. As always, chapters are prefaced by helpful quotes from biographies, journals, books and articles. Another brilliant read. 
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
In this, the 7th (and as of March 2019, final) book in the Jasper Fforde's series, Thursday Next is showing her age and the accumulating toll the preceding books/years/adventures have taken on her physical body. But her mind remains as sharp as ever, as she continues to meet the challenges of raising her family, stopping Aornis (who, as a mnemonomorph, can manipulate memories) and, of course, the ever present Goliath corporation. Goliath introduces Thursday lookalikes so good they fool even Thursday, and there's even a bit of time-travel fun. The book ends on a very sweet note - but wouldn't another addition to the series some day be nice?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again another great read from Mr. Fforde. Was disappointed that this novel didn't take plce in the bookworld, but was glad to see that her archnemesis bought in the end.
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I loved this book and everything else written by Jasper Fforde. I highly recommend the Thursday Next Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Thursday Next books and anxiously await their release as I do most of Mr. Fforde's books. The series is highly creative with a fabulous mix of satire, fantasy and humor that keeps me laughing throughout the book. And yes, it does help to have read the other six books which to my mind is not a hardship. If you are new to this author's works, get ready for something fun and different!
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DIE DIE DIE!!!!!!!!!!! No actully bad book not that good DIE DIE FIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE . . 0