The Eyre Affair is the first book in the Thursday Next series, followed by Lost in a Good Book.

From the publisher's description:

Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that's just a prelude...

Hades' real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it's not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte's novel. Enter Thursday Next. She's the Special Operative's renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft's Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It's tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte's masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids...

Characters in the book Edit

Organizations in the book Edit

Places in the book Edit


Italian edition of The Eyre Affair

  • Maida Vale
  • Stanford's cafe
  • Trafalgar Square, London
  • People's Republic of Wales
  • Gad's Hill Palace
  • LiteraTec offices
  • East End, London
  • Haworth House
  • SpecOps Memorial Cemetery, Highgate
  • Next family home
  • Mycroft Next's workshop
  • Finis Hotel, Swindon
  • The Cheshire Cat bar, Finis Hotel
  • Headquarters building, Swindon
  • Merthyr Tidfil, People's Republic of Wales
  • Ritz Theater, Swindon
  • Swindon Crucible, Swindon
  • Chichester
  • Wanborough
  • Todger's boarding house
  • Hollycroft Farm
  • Liddington Hill, Wroughton
  • Marlborough and Lambourn Downs
  • Brontë museum
  • Abertawe, People's Republic of Wales
  • Penderyn Hotel, Merthyr Tidfil
  • Thornfield Hall
  • Millcote
  • The George, Millcote
  • Ferndean
  • Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Lobsters
  • Landen's home

Terms used in the book Edit

  • The Mole
  • Stonk
  • Airship
  • Will-Speak machine
  • Owl on Sunday
  • Name That Fruit! - popular television show
  • New Splicer magazine
  • ChameleoCar
  • Rosettionery
  • Olfactograph
  • Olfactroscope
  • Retinal Screen-Saver
  • Splicense
  • HyperBookworms
  • HyperBookwormDoublePlusGood
  • Church of the Global Standard Deity (GSD)
  • Jack Spratt's Casebook - television show
  • SmileyBurger
  • Prose Portal
  • Verse Meter Analyzer
  • Griffin motorcars
  • The Gad-fly
  • Fancy-free in Ludlow
  • Today in Parliament
  • Swindon Globe
  • Poet Writer General
  • Temporal distortion

See also Edit


UK paperback edition of The Eyre Affair


New UK paperback edition of The Eyre Affair