The Woman Who Died a Lot

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The Woman Who Died A Lot
Cover of The Woman Who Died a Lot, first edition
AuthorJasper Fforde
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesThursday Next
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
Publication date
July 2012
Preceded byOne of Our Thursdays Is Missing 
Followed byDark Reading Matter 

The Woman Who Died A Lot is the seventh Thursday Next book, by the British author Jasper Fforde.[1][2] It was published in July 2012; set in an alternative world where love of novels and plays is at the heart of modern society, it takes place in a fictional version of Swindon.[3][4]


Thursday Next is now in her early 50s, and is recovering in the Outland from injuries sustained at the end of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing. The Global Standard Deity begins to threaten to smite Swindon, and the solution lies with Thursday's daughter, Tuesday. Thursday also comes under attack from the mindworm of Aornis Hades once more, causing a reappearance of her non-existent third child, Jenny. The Goliath Corporation are on the rise once more, taking advantage of a dangerously low National Stupidity Index resultant from years of rule by the CommonSense Party.


Some critical reception for The Woman Who Died a Lot has been positive.[5][6] The Plain Dealer praised the work, writing "By the end, all of Fforde's myriad particles of plot, accelerated by his immense skill and narrative sense, collide, producing pyrotechnics and a passel of new particles to propel his next tale."[7] DNA India also gave a favorable review but stated that the book would not be a "breezy read, particularly if you are not familiar with Fforde’s version of the world."[8] The Express was more mixed in their review, as they enjoyed the book but that some readers might not find the book as satisfying as earlier entries.[9]


  1. ^ Woog, Adam. "'The Woman Who Died a Lot': the new adventures of Thursday Next". Seattle Times. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ Rixstine, Barbara. "Book review: Thursday Next's life gets complicated in 'The Woman Who Died a Lot'". Journal Star. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ Glor, Jeff. ""The Woman Who Died a Lot," by Jasper Fforde". CBS News. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  4. ^ Zipp, Yvonne. "In Jasper Fforde's BookWorld, anything is possible". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  5. ^ Golder, Dave. "The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde REVIEW". SFX. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  6. ^ Soyka, David. "The Woman Who Died a Lot (review)". SF Site. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  7. ^ Dyer, Daniel. "Jasper Fforde's 'The Woman Who Died a Lot' keeps series alive". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  8. ^ Pal, Deepanjana. "Book review: 'The Woman Who Died A Lot'". DNA India. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  9. ^ Hartston, William. "Book review: The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fford". The Express. Retrieved 12 September 2014.