Imagine a black and white world where colour is a commodity ... It is the new world of comic and creative genius Jasper Fforde. No one could cheat the Colourman and the colour test. What you got was what you were, forever. Your life, career and social standing decided right there and then, and all worrisome life-uncertainties eradicated forever. You knew who you were, what you would do, where you would go, and what was expected of you. In return, you simply accepted your rung upon the Chromatic ladder, and assiduously followed the Rulebook. Your life was mapped. And all in the time it takes to bake a tray of scones ...Eddie Russett lives comfortably in a world where fortune, career and ultimate destiny are rigidly dictated by the colours you can see. Until he falls in love with a Grey named Jane, and starts to question every aspect of the Rulebook. Why are spoons illegal? And what actually happens to all those people who are sent to the Emerald City to Reboot? 'Full of brilliantly inventive wordplay and quirky fabrications' -- Mail on Sunday 'This colour-coded world of black-and-white regulations and heirachies is created with spry invention and wit' -- Daily Mail 'A brilliantly written book, full of witticisms, wordplay and puns' -- News of the World 'A chromatic tale of fantastical wackiness where colour becomes an aspirational commodity ... Jasper Fforde's most ambitious novel yet' -- Herald 'An utter delight ... The world Fforde has created in SHADES OF GREY is colourful beyond description.' -- TheBookbag.co.uk 'There are distinct shades of Orwell's 1984' -- Daily Express 'SHADES OF GREY has something of a flavour of Terry Gilliam's Brazil...but the novel is much gentler than Gilliam's savage madcappery, and Fforde's world is more old-fashioned public school than bureaucratic nightmare' -- Guardian 'Full of colourful characters and amusingly bizarre plot twists... SHADES OF GREY is a clever and enjoyable read' -- SFX Magazine 'This fantastically clever book is a riveting read' -- Star Magazine 'A vividly imagined landscape whose every facet is steeped in the author's remarkably detailed color scheme' -- Publishers Weekly 'All brilliantly original' -- Booklist Praise for Jasper Fforde --: '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 'Fans of the late Douglas Adams or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' -- Herald 'No summaries can do justice to the sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality of the works, nor to their vast repertoire of intricate wordplay and puns' -- The Times
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