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Shades of Grey

About the Book

Imagine a black and white world where colour is a commodity. Where the colours you see dictate your status, your career, your fate. And where life must be lived according to the Rulebook. Welcome to Chromatacia, and a new series by the bestselling creative and comic genius Jasper Fforde. It’s Summer, it’s hot and it’s three world orders into the future. Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red. He can see his own colour – but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey.

In Eddie's world technology is poor, news sporadic, change abhorrent, and the night time terrifying (no one can see in the dark). In Eddie's world everyone lives by the Rulebook; a system of merits and demerits, a system which threatens permanent expulsion.

Eddie never questions his rose-tinted life – he never questions the Rulebook – until he falls in love with Jane, a Grey who opens his eyes to the true nature of the Colourtocracy.

Typical of a Jasper Fforde novel, the book is peppered with inventive wordplay and puns. Part satire, part romance, part thriller – and always stunningly imaginative - Shades of Grey is Jasper Fforde‘s most ambitious novel yet.

Shades of Grey
About the Author

JASPER FFORDE worked in the film industry for 19 years where his varied career included the role of "focus puller" on films such as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. He had been writing purely for his own amusement for several years but always harboured a dream of trading in his film career to become a full time writer.

After receiving 76 rejection letters from various publishers, Jasper’s first novel The Eyre Affair was published in 2001. It starred a literary detective called Thursday Next and became an international bestseller with a following of dedicated fans. The Thursday Next series – currently five books – are all set in Swindon. The much-maligned town has embraced its literary son, making Jasper Mayor for the Day, naming a series of new roads after characters from his books and regularly hosting the Jasper Fforde Festival.

Progressing along the M4 corridor (to Reading), Jasper then wrote a bestselling Nursery Crime series. The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear set out to answer the most mystifying questions in criminal history: Who killed Humpty Dumpty and Goldilocks? Shades of Grey is the first book n a new series set in a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colours you can see.

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