You’ve probably all heard the hype surrounding a certain erotic novel… while we’re certainly not prudish (our shelves proudly display works by the infamous Marquis de Sade and also Anais Nin) we can’t help feeling that there are other books more deserving of such hysteria….
Recently the lovely, mad and hysterically funny Jasper Fforde came to visit us, and during his lunchtime signing on 13th July he very kindly signed 15 copies of his comic novel Shades of Grey, where life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour. Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed…
So here’s the deal – we do have a little E.L. James on our shelves… but why not go fifteen shades better and take home a signed copy of Jasper Fforde’s comic, futuristic love story – if George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels, neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.
You won’t regret it – honest! You can find Shades of Grey and other signed editions of Jasper’s work in our fiction department – and if you’ve enjoyed it, let us know!