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The Eyre Affair

by Jasper Fforde

Brilliant. Go with the flow, forget about practicalities - anything and everything happens to these literary detectives. Jane Eyre will never be the same again.




Extract

As I said earlier, my father had a face that could stop a clock; and that's exactly what happened one spring morning as I was having a sandwich in a small cafe not far from work. The world flickered, shuddered and stopped. The proprietor of the cafe froze in mid-sentence and the picture on the television stopped dead. Outside, birds hung motionless in the sky. Cars and trams halted in the streets and a cyclist involved in an accident stopped in midair, the look of fear frozen on his face as he paused two feet from the hard asphalt. The sound halted too, replaced by a dull snapshot of a hum, the world's noise at that moment in time paused indefinitely at the same pitch and volume.

Parallels

1984 by George Orwell
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
 

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