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 'Fans of the late Douglas Adams or, even, Monty Python, will feel at home with Fforde' Herald 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 There are distinct shades of Orwell's 1984 Daily Express A brilliantly written book- full of witticisms, wordplay and puns News Of The World '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 of the works, nor to their vast repertoire of intricate wordplay and puns' The Times
'My first glimpse of West Cinnamon was of the twin red-brick chimneys of the Linoleum factory. They appeared like a conjuring trick as the smoke and the steam from the loco suddenly cleared: two tall columns of red that reached from the colourless summer pastureland to the cloudless grey sky. It was a sign. Red, the colour of my House, beckoning me to my new home and greater things. All true, as it turned out - but not in any way I could possibly have imagined ...'
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