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Shades of Grey (book 1) - Jasper Fforde

Shades of Grey (book 1) - Jasper Fforde

Title: Shades of Grey

Author:  Jasper Fforde

ISBN:  9780340963036

Weight:  850g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Shades of Grey by 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?

Peer & Press Reviews

A chromatic tale of fantastical wackiness where colour becomes an aspirational commodity… Jasper Fforde’s most ambitious novel yet.

The 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.

The Guardian

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Shades of Grey
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Shades of Grey – book 1
Book features: ‘Painting by numbers’ pictorial boards
Overall condition: Very fine
Signed: On the title page – usual first-name only signature
Book Stats
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780340963036
ISBN 10: 0340963034
Format: Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages: 432
Size (h x w): 240 x 160mm
Weight: 0.85kg
Design Credits
Author photo: Mari Roberts
Cover design: Leanne Bell Gonczarow

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