A few words about book's author
Jasper Fforde is the internationally bestselling author of the Thursday Next mysteries and the Nursery Crime books. The Last Dragonslayer, his first novel for younger readers, launches his Chronicles of Kazam series. He lives with his family in Wales.
Jasper Fforde is the author of four previous Thursday Next novels: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten. He is also the author of the Nursery Crimes Series, featuring Big Over Easy and Fourth Bear. All of Jasper Ffordes books are available from Penguin. He lives in Wales. Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).
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Ffordes first novel, The Eyre Affair, received 76 rejection letters before it was published. Fforde tells us in our interview that he got the idea for Pickwick, Thursdays pet dodo, from a visit to the Oxford Natural History Museum. There was a stuffed dodo there and a withered foot and beak — the only physical evidence aside from bones that they were ever alive at all, Fforde recalls. I wandered for a bit and then asked the woman at the museum shop if I could buy a dodo home-cloning kit. She told me to come back in 20 years. That weekend, I wrote in Pickwick. Fforde continued to reveal another fun fact: The name of Thursdays husband, Landen Parke-Laine, comes from what happens if you are playing Monopoly and land on the first of the blue set — a U.S. translation might be Landen Boarde-Walke. Hence, his parents names, mentioned in Lost in a Good Book, are Houson Parke-Laine and Billden Parke-Laine.