Welcome to the jasper Fforde website, and yes, Jasper Fforde is my real name. I am a British writer who lives in Wales and writes absurdist fiction.
You may notice that this website looks very little like modern websites, and that's because it was written a long time ago in HTML, which your great-grandfather can tell you was the language behind all websites back in 2000, the year when all this began - one of only 30,000,000 websites on the planet at the time.
The website has gone though many iterations, and has been added to so much over the years that there are now over 1300 pages to explore. Obviously, upgrading all that to a modern bells-and-whistles website would take forever and remove some of the Olde-eWorlde charm, so I have decided to simply leave it as it is, and carry on as I am. It's fine on desktops, most of it will work on tablets, although you may have to do a bit of jiggery-pokery on smartphones to read any articles.
Actually, while I'm talking about HTML, it does allow the relative novice like me to edit and add relatively easily, and if I have an idea for a silliness, the wonders of writing in source code HTML will allow you to do it. If you click on the 'Welcome' and 'This is my website' banners above, you'll see what I mean.
So everything we have ever put on the site is still here. Navigation is at best eclectic, but usually logical, so long as you know how an index works and are willing to explore. You'll find lots of stuff, such as an introduction to the Seven Wonders of Swindon, my improved version of Monopoly, a little bit about How To Be A Hamlet, and a whole bunch of Special Features, complete with deleted scenes and 'making of' wordamentaries.
There are also easter eggs in abundance, with lots of unindexed pages to be found, like this error 404 message that pops up when you are looking for Romeo and Juliet. There is even an emergency boss coming facility just in case you get bored at work and don't want to get busted.
As I emerge from my creative hiatus of 2015-17 (Aaargh) I will be adding more to the website which will be the first port of call if you want to find stuff out. Yes, agreed, Facebook is a better way to keep everyone totally clued in to what's going on, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I'm not a big facebooker, besides, this is kind of about ownership, too, and adding to stuff that is already here in order to create one huge 'Fforgasbord' of stuff.
Any alerts will be on Twitter or Instagram, so if you want to know when there's an update, follow me on those.
So far, I have written books in four series: The Thursday Next series of which there are seven books, the Nursery Crime series (two), the Last Dragonslayer, series (three) and the Shades of Grey series which is actually only one, so far. You can have a look at a potted precis of the books. The next published book will be Early Riser, a standalone set in a world in which humans have always hibernated. (More of this soon)
The Fforde Grand Central page is probably the best place to start to explore, but the index also covers most things. There is an FAQ page, too.
Jasper, Feb 2018.