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Penguin: Viking Spring 2019

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A Novel
By (author): Jasper Fforde
9780670025039 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary Feb 12, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.22 x 9.28 x 1.3 in 416 pages 6 ILLUSTRATIONS Viking
An instant New York Times bestseller

The new standalone novel from bestselling author Jasper Fforde

Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it’s your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact born of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from the Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting; ensure you aren’t eaten by Nightwalkers, whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food; and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING HOUSE AUTHOR: Fforde adds a new standalone novel to his other bestselling series, which have sold over a million copies worldwide.

ONLINE BUZZ: Fforde’s announcement of his new novel on Twitter and on Goodreads was met with excitement on both platforms from fans across the world. His social media presence there and on Facebook and Instagram as well will provide a key avenue for him to interact with his fans.

NEW STANDALONE: This is Fforde’s first standalone novel since Shades of Grey in 2009.

Jasper Fforde gave up his career in the film industry when his novel The Eyre Affair debuted on The New York Times bestseller list in 2002. He is the author of the Thursday Next series, the Nursery Crimes series, and Shades of Grey. He lives and works in Wales.

Author Residence: Herefordshire, UK

Author Hometown: London

Marketing: Online Advertising

Social media and online promotion

Academic Marketing and Library Promotions / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Publicity: National author tour

Print and online reviews and features

National radio interviews

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Twitter & Instagram: @JasperFforde;

Praise for Jasper Fforde:

“It’s easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Fforde’s inventiveness remains a bookworm’s delight.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Mr. Fforde manages to bombard the reader with more bizarre detail than most writers would dare to fit in their entire oeuvre, yet he does so with…light prose and easy, confident wit.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Like the best novels of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, Fforde goes beyond his genre.” —Los Angeles Times

“What captivates here is something that will appeal to any reader—and that’s the feeling that there’s something at stake in fiction, that characters created in books are every bit as real as the memory of a person.”—John Freeman, Newsday

“Fforde [has a] head-spinning narrative ability.”—Lloyd Rose, The Washington Post

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