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So what's it all about?
The Bookworld's leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, is at a low point in her life: she is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following a near-fatal assassination attempt. She has yet to walk without a stick, has double vision more often than she doesn't, and limited mobility in her left arm. She returns home to Swindon and her family: to her ever-supportive husband Landen, her children, assorted strange relations and former work colleagues.
A time, then, for relaxation, recuperation, and rest. A time to avoid stress, take it easy, sit down, meet old friends and do very little.
That is the synopsis of The Woman Who Died A Lot, according to the author, Jason Fforde. I happened onto this book while shelving and was hooked immediately by the thought of a Librarian as a secret agent. There is a sort of controlled madness in this book that I found very captivating. There are libraries named after their sponsors, Thursday’s is the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso’s Drink Not Included Library. There is the Shush Law where “…over enthusiastic librarians invoked a ‘violent intervention for loud talking…libraries were never quieter and theft and vandalism dropped 72%.”
If you haven’t read any Fforde before, and I hadn’t, rejoice because a whole new world of puns, wordplay and comic genius awaits you.
Recommended by LouAnn