The Well of Lost Plots is the third book in the Thursday Next series, preceded by Lost in a Good Book and followed by Something Rotten.

From the publisher's description:

After two rollicking New York Times bestselling adventures through Western literature, resourceful BookWorld literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside?

But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it’s up to Thursday to save the day.

Characters Edit

Organizations Edit

  • Jurisfiction
  • SpecOps
  • Goliath Corporation
  • Council of Genres Book Inspectorate
  • Idea Sales and Loan
  • Hedgepigs Society
  • Council of Genres
  • Misspelling Protection Squad
  • Eradications Anonymous
  • JurisTech

Places Edit

  • Well of Lost Plots
  • Great Library
  • Outland
  • BookWorld
  • Crimea
  • Caversham Heights
  • Sunderland
  • St. Tabularasa's Generic College, BookWorld
  • Slaughtered Lamb
  • Grammasite research facility

Terminology Edit

  • Footnoterphone
  • Dingo scout car
  • Inbook exchange liaison officer
  • TransGenre Taxi
  • Grammasite
  • Generics
  • Parenthiums
  • Mrs. Beeton's Complete Housekeeper
  • Library Subbasement Gazetteer
  • The Word
  • Jurisfiction Standard Entrance Exam
  • UltraWord
  • ReadZip
  • Krell
  • Thraal
  • Triffid
  • Verbisoid
  • Verminator
  • TravelBook
  • Parataxis
  • Fictionalzoology
  • Code-word protected
  • Movable Type
  • Parenthium
  • Yahoo
  • Houyhnhnm
  • Adjectivore
  • Nounfish
  • Bookworm
  • Mispeling vyrus
  • Dictosafe
  • Higham Special
  • Mindworm
  • ImaginoTransferenceRecordingDevice
  • Holesmith
  • Grammatacist
  • Pacesetter
  • Mood-monger
  • Paginator
  • Echolocator
  • Spellchecker

See alsoEdit


UK paperback edition of The Well of Lost Plots


UK royal edition of The Well of Lost Plots


Australian paperback edition of The Well of Lost Plots