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  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton

Red Side Story: The colourful and instant Sunday Times bestseller (Feb 2024) from the bestselling author of Shades of Grey

Jasper Fforde

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fantasy, Humour

Thirteen years after the smash-hit Shades of Grey, Eddie Russett and Jane Grey are about to embark on a new adventure ...

Jasper Fforde, the acclaimed SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER, invites you to imagine a world where your position in society depends on what bit of the colour spectrum you can see...

It's the UK, but not as we know it: civilisation has rebuilt after an unspoken 'Something that Happened' five hundred years before. Society is now colour-based, the strict levels of hierarchy dictated by the colours you can see, and the economy, health service and citizen's aspirations all dominated by visual colour, run by the shadowy National Colour in far-off Emerald City.

Out on the fringes of Red Sector West, Eddie Russett and Jane Grey have discovered that all is neither fair nor truthful within their cosy environment, and currently face trumped up charges that will see them die of the fatally soporific tones within the Green Room.

Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the Rules within their society, Jane and Edward must find out the truth of their world: What is it, where is it and even when it is. As they unpeel the lies that cloak their existence they come to the worrying conclusion that they may not be alone: That there might be a Somewhere Else beyond the sea, and more, Someone Else living there - and observing them all, purposefully unseen.

Red Side Story delves into the strictures of a society imposed on itself by itself, immovable dogma and the spirit of humans trying to love and survive and make sense of a world that makes no sense at all. Only it does, of course - you just have to look harder, look further, and forget everything you've ever been told.

'Fforde's books are more than an ingenious idea. They are written with buoyant zest and are tautly plotted . . . and are embellished with the rich details of a Dickens or Pratchett' Independent

'No summaries can do justice to the sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality' The Times

'Brilliantly inventive' Mail on Sunday

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Praise for Red Side Story: The colourful and instant Sunday Times bestseller (Feb 2024) from the bestselling author of Shades of Grey

  • Praise for - Shades of Grey

  • This colour coded world of black and white regulations and hierarchies is created with spry invention and wit - Daily Mail

  • A chromatic tale of fantastical wackiness where colour becomes an aspirational commodity . . . Jasper Fforde's most ambitious novel yet - Herald

  • Vintage Fforde: zany, original and teeming with complexity - Sunday Times, Australia

  • Distinct shades of George Orwell's 1984 - Daily Express

  • Full of brilliantly inventive wordplay and quirky fabrications - Mail on Sunday

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Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde spent twenty years in the film business before debuting on the New York Times bestseller list with The Eyre Affair in 2001. Since then he has written another fifteen novels, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller One of our Thursdays is Missing, and the Last Dragonslayer series, adapted for television by Sky.

Fforde lives and works in his adopted nation of Wales.

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