7th July 2007

Thursday 5 July, 2007 - One Response

I have been talking to Amy a lot now about the strange things that are going on. We think that we need help and the best people to ask for help from are the people who have been reading our blogs. Amy has written all the strange things that have happened to her on her own blog http://amygreenford.blogspot.com and I have written all the strange things that have happened to me here on my blog (this is my blog here).

In the shell of a nut, someone has been lying to me and pretending to be Jasper Fforde when he is not Jasper Fforde. I think his real name is Jasper Ffforde (spelled with three ‘F’s). He seems to have ‘jumped’ out of a book with Miss Havisham into our world and then ran away from her. He told her they would get married and so she is very upset that he lied to her (he does a lot of lying!) What is strange is that when he ran away she couldn’t remember him properly. (I asked Amy if this was because she is old, but Amy said not to say that too loud in certain company, and that it was different to just forgetting, more like every time Miss Haversham tried to remember, the thoughts hid from her).

The imposter Jasper put the wrong answer for question 11, and asked for these scribbling tiebreakers. It seems as if he is using these and material from classic books he’s sucked blank to make a book, which he is launching on 7th July. I feel so bad because I sent him all the scribbler tie-breakers because I thought he was the real Jasper – We need to stop him!

Everything is building up to this date, the 7th of July. The ‘secret’ event in Swindon. The fake Jasper is sending an invitation to this event to everyone who sends in a scribbler tie-breaker. I can’t enter because I work for Hodder but Amy has entered and is going to go to try to stop whatever bad thing he is planning to do with the story he has stolen. I’m going to go along too to see if I can help, even though I can’t enter! We need your help, please send in a scribbler and come to the secret event to help us. If you can’t go yourself because you are far away, please can you send someone in your place to the book launch of the narcassistic Jasper Ffforde? Miss Haversham said to Amy, “If we have our words in the enemy’s book, it may help us defeat him…”

The classic books he has blanked so far are an end of line edition called Dupine. There are only certain places that stock them. We need to find them all and see if there are any clues from what is left inside them.

And we must find out who this Ffforde is really, if he is pretending to be Jasper Fforde, and Compeyson then it is most likely that he is only pretending to be Jasper FFforde as well!

If you have any ideas about of this please email them to me. Ill post them here.

Please help with all these things. Literature depends on us.

ps
I checked with Julie and the prizes for the competition are already made and paid for, so the competition is real even if Jasper is not! Everyone who enters the competition has a chance to win so even if you are just entering to help stop the imposter Ffforde, you still could win a prize! : )

p.p.s. I’ve thought about it and decided not to tell Julie about any of this. : (

Hoorah! First Among Sequels is launched today!! : D

Thursday 5 July, 2007 - One Response

I am so excited!! The book is out in bookshops across the country today and everyone will get to read the book  : D

I went to a bookshop to go see it on the shelves, it is so good to see it there after everyone’s hard work! I took a look inside and there are pictures in the back that I hadn’t seen before (I had only seen the unbound manuscript version and dummy copies until today). The pictures are very funny, I like the one about Wales the most! I really want to go to Wales one day. It is so exciting to see the story all written out on the pages. I just hope it stays like that : (

Oh and the BEST and most amazingly lovely thing of all is that Jasper has written my name in the back of the book! Maybe that is what he meant by a good reference!

June x

An email from a friend

Wednesday 4 July, 2007 - Leave a Response

Hallo June!

I’m not suprised you are busy, what with the new job, and saving the world
and all that.

I rather think the Fforumites from Jasper’s ffansite have accidentally been
helping Ffforde  (Gosh that’s a weird name to type) to write this ffake
fforde ffolio. Still, that might make it easier to catch him. Or her. Or it.

Have you been able to get in touch with the REAL Jasper Fforde (assuming
there is one)? He might have an idea on who’s behind all this.

I have a couple of friends in the UK who might be able to help… I’ll email
them to get in touch with Amy. I also had a message from Niebla on the
ffansite asking me about the swindon event.

Make of it what you will.

“To my dearestest Ffforum friends. I hope much you are all well. Thank you
yes for the helps you have given me over weeksgone. I am now me close to the
perfectmost ending and it will make the eye drop drips.

As a reward for all your worknesses, I do so me hope that you will come to
Swindon on July 7th to hear words which will make bright your day like a
light in the sky.

You will never forget what youseehear there and it will bob in your mindsea
like wine corks. Have you tried wine? I found it lovelymost strange and it
went on until it gonewas.

I verymostyesmuch hope to see you in Swindon

Yours Goodbye

Niebla”

Quite a lovely turn of phrase really…

Pip pip for now!

Oh, and based on the writers chosen name, I’d suggest looking in the Dupine
series for anything by Miguel de Unamuno. Just a hunch. Although, er, it may
be missing.

email from the REAL Jasper Fforde!!

Tuesday 3 July, 2007 - Leave a Response

I got an email from the real Jasper Fforde today! It came from his normal email address and when I asked Julie she said she had noticed me getting upset about something and had read my blog too (I’d forgotten I’d told her about it ages ago). She said she’d told Jasper about it because this fake Ffforde bloke seemed to be getting a bit out of hand and she thought he should know about it.

Julie also said that she had thought that the Junior Designate Programme was a bit suspect for a long while now, and that now she knows its a bad thing. She said it would be a crime if another Junior failed their assessment, but there is nothing she can do to help me. I don’t really understand what she meant by any of that but it has made my very uneasy.

Dear june,

Julie has informed me about what has been going on with this impostor with an extra F. Don’t worry, I don’t blame you for a second for being taken in and nor will Hodder. You can’t help your nature.

Now I think I know who he is but curiously I can’t remember his name. There’s a mist where that should be in my memory. But Mari had a root through old paperwork and discovered a letter which is ringing a bell, albeit muffled. I’ve attached a scan of it.

If this is true, then I am pretty sure I would have put him some place and trained a BookCam there. Wherever the place is, there’ll be a page for it on my website. If the place were ‘wonderland’, it would be http://www.jasperfforde.com/wonderland.html. The place wasn’t wonderland, alas, I checked.

I’m pretty sure I wrote the name of the place down recently, I’d bet somewhere in the new book. But I checked through the proof and couldn’t find it. Where could it be?

This amnesia is curious. It’s like I’m chasing the thoughts round and round my mind but they keep scurrying away. I hope that doesn’t mean what or who I think it means. If he escaped from whichever place then the lock-word would be there in pieces. But how will I ever remember the key-word?

In any case, june, none of this is your fault and thank you for all your help with the competition. I have written a good reference for your designate assessment and reassignment and I think (again strangely I can’t remember for sure) I thanked you too. Somewhere.

Good luck! If you are going to be in Swindon next Saturday as Julie said you might be to deal with this fellow…beyond the call… do come and say hello at the official signing from 2pm. And of course I’ll help in any way I can.

Best wishes

(the real) Jasper Fforde

letterscan.jpg

Miss Havisham

Monday 2 July, 2007 - Leave a Response

Amy emailed me and she said she was very excited. She said that thanks to my blog she now thinks she knows where the Miss Havisham she has met came from. I don’t understand, but she was very pleased about it. I told Amy what happened earlier and she said it wasn’t my fault.

Horrible phone call

Monday 2 July, 2007 - Leave a Response

The man who told me he was Jasper Fforde phoned my phone at work. He must have taken my phone number off the bottom of my emails and he was horrible to me!

At first he wasn’t horrible and he asked me if I had forgotten how to email him, because I hadn’t sent him the list of places where there are Dupine books. I told him that I had forgotten where the books are and so hadn’t sent him the email yet. He got angry sounding and said I should try to remember because he was very important and finding the books was very important.

I felt a bit scared, so I told him that I could only remember that there were books in Foyles on Charing Cross Road and in Neath Library. He became very angry sounding then and shouted at me! He shouted that he had already done the books in Foyles and that he didn’t think Neath was a real place, he shouted that I was a stupid lying C grade who didn’t deserve a last name and that if I didn’t send him every name he would get much most angry, and do something I wouldn’t like him to do.

I was so shocked I couldn’t speak any more and he hung up the phone without saying goodbye. I was so scared of what horrible thing he might do that I sent him everything I had been keeping from him, the list of bookshops, the most recent scribblers and the finished invitation.

I told Julie that I was feeling unwell again and I needed to go home. Then I came home, I am very upset I don’t think what I did was the right thing at all.

peter has gone

Monday 2 July, 2007 - Leave a Response

I felt so odd this weekend that I didn’t even start my assignment. I’m still feeling unwell now, like I’m all fuzzy. I can’t explain it, maybe I’m just worried about my assessment day coming, Julie says that it is common to feel a bit run down and have butterflies. I’m not sure I really understand what that means.

I went looking for peter yesterday, I found his room but he wasn’t there. I went to see if he was with wendy, but she was alone in her room. wendy was very sad. She said that their mentor had told her that morning that peter had had his assessment and now he was gone. peter must have failed his assessment. He didn’t get to say goodbye.

I feel bad that I was angry with him for not answering my emails and now he is gone.

Dupine books

Thursday 28 June, 2007 - One Response

From: Information
Date: 26-Jun-2007 17:05
Subject: Dupine stockists
To: june.havershamSPLAThodder.co.uk

Hi June

What a curious request. Dupine Classics were cheap as chips (look who wrote Wuthering Heights according to them!). I don’t know for the life of me why we acquired them. I’ve been looking for where editions might still be stocked but the database keeps crashing, so I haven’t got them all. I think there are a few more in bookshops and libraries up north. But in the meantime, here’s what I could find. Apart from Foyle’s, where there’s quite a few, I think all the places only have one book each.

Best

Bob

Bath, Waterstone’s

Birmingham, Waterstone’s (New Street)

Bolton, Waterstone’s

Cambridge, Border’s

Canterbury, Waterstone’s

Cheltenham, Waterstone’s

Fareham, Waterstone’s

High Wycombe, Waterstone’s

Ipswich, Waterstone’s

Leeds, The Idle Hour

London, Forbidden Planet (what a classic book is doing there, I don’t know)

London, Foyle’s

Nottingham, Waterstone’s

Reading, Waterstone’s (Broad Street)

Swindon, Waterstone’s

Whitby, The Whitby Bookshop

Yeovil, Waterstone’s

And some libraries.

Blackburn Library

Darwen Library

Neath Library

Redruth Library

St Ive’s Library

Wokingham Library

An email from Amy

Tuesday 26 June, 2007 - 3 Responses

Today I received an email from a woman who works in a shop called Foyles, this is a funny coincidence because I was just talking to someone about Foyles earlier because there are some of the books ‘Jasper’ wants in that book shop. Sometimes a word will crop up lots after you learn it for the first time! Foyles is a funny fish.  : )

I sent her an email back, I hope we can help each other figure out our strange happenings!

Hello Amy,

What you say does sound very strange, but such strange things have been happening recently that perhaps I don’t really know what normal is after all!
I have never met anyone called Miss Havisham even though my name is similar to Miss Havisham, what is she like? Is she the same as the Miss Havisham in the book Great Expectations?
Can you tell me more about the book you found – how was it blank? on the outside or the inside or both? this is very strange. I will read your blog, I also have a blog! it is called https://junehaversham.wordpress.com . Perhaps the strange things that have happened in your work are related to the strange things that have happened in my work, although so far I don’t see how they could be other than they have happened at the same time.

In my work I have been emailing Jasper Fforde because I work in the publishing house where his books are published. Not long after I started my placement in the Publcity and Marketing Department, I received an email from Jasper saying that he had lost all his contacts by dropping his computer on a wall. I got everyone to email him so that he had their addresses again, but he still emailed me instead.

He asked me to stop the quiz going out on time so he could check the questions and then he added a new last question and the ‘scribbler’ tie breaker challenge. This made the quiz late and I got in big trouble. : (

I then found out that he had made the last question of the first rounds wrong! He had put the correct answer as being that the new book is called ‘The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco’ when it is of course ‘First Among Sequels’! It is easy to make a little error, but he should know the name of his own book, that is a really big error!

I started to get suspicious that the writing style in his emails was so very different to the writing style of his books so I asked some nice people for their opinion and some people said they thought he was an imposter this whole time!

Now he has asked me to help him find a range of his favourite books called Dupine books, but even though it is a very simple task I’m not sure I should help him at all in any way if he has been lying to me!

So those are the strange things that have been happening at my work.

oh, and my friend peter has stopped answering my emails, but that’s not too strange because he is a Narcissus.   > (

Does any of this sound similar or help you at all? I know some very nice helpful people I could ask them to help you too.

june

On 26/06/07, Amy Greenford <amygreenford@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear June,

Thank you for your emails and no worries about the wrong answer on the quiz – to be honest, I wouldn’t know anyway! I haven’t yet read any Jasper Fforde. However, the reason I’ve even got in touch with you in the first place is that I have had a rather strange couple of weeks described on my blog: http://amygreenford.blogspot.com

Anyway, not to bore you with all the details, many people have mentioned Jasper Fforde to me and the lastest email I got from someone who has been reading my in blog was regarding the competition:

A few weeks ago, I received an email about a Jasper Fforde quiz, claiming to be from someone called June Haversham (…) The similarity between the names struck me as odd – Havisham vs. Haversham. She has apparently been receiving emails from a Jasper Ffforde, about a new book. Note the 3 fs again, just like in the book in Foyles. This Ffforde seems to somehow be harvesting literature to create their masterpiece. The major problem is that I’m certain it is not the real Jasper Fforde,

In a nutshell, I work in Foyles, I witnessed what some people have said was a ‘book jump’, one of the jumpers being Miss Havisham, and the other, a groom who we don’t know. A week later, I found an almost blank copy of Wuthering Heights in Foyles and since then two more have been found. I have now met Miss Havisham who has warned of 9 more books in peril. (See blog for a more cogent explanation)

Does this seem ridiculous. If so, sorry to have blabbered all this time. If not, can you let me know if you have any information that can help?

Thanks a lot!

Amy

P.s e.g is there any link between your name and Miss Havisham? Your name, albiet spelt slightly differently, can’t be very common?

Thanks!

I have met Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.

On 6/26/07, June Haversham <june.haversham@hodder.co.uk > wrote:

Hello Amy,

It has been pointed out to me by my boss that the last question on the first part of the quiz has the wrong answer let you win instead of the right answer. She said lots of people have emailed to say that it isn’t right that they have to give a wrong answer to win. I’m very confused that the answer is wrong in the quiz. Of course the book is called First among sequels! Did you email in? If you did, don’t worry, you don’t lose any points if you gave the right answer before the wrong one.

That last question and the scribbler tie-breaker were two of the things that Mr. Fforde had us put in at the last moment, so I am very surprised that the question was wrong, because he checked them himself.
Oh dear, this is all going a bit wrong, this is my first job and I’m starting to get the impression I’m not expected to last long here. I’ve never worked in a publishing house office before, it’s all a bit overwhelming. Have you ever worked in an office? can you give me any advice on how to not get ‘the boot’?

june


june haversham
Junior Designate, Publicity & Marketing
Hodder & Stoughton
(t)  0207 873 6302
(e) june.haversham@hodder.co.uk

Dupine books

Tuesday 26 June, 2007 - Leave a Response

Jasper sent me this email this morning, I don’t know what to do. If he really is Jasper then I should help him, if he isn’t really Jasper, like you say, then perhaps he is lying about why he wants the books too.

: S

I found out where stocks Dupine books, Dupine closed down over 10 years ago and its assets were acquired by Hodder, so I just called up the distributor to find out where they are. The books are all out of print so there aren’t many left. Foyles on Charing Cross in London had the most left, otherwise they’re all spread out around the country – all over, from scotland to cornwall. Should I tell him where they are? Maybe just the ones local to him or if he is going to do something bad, perhaps the ones furthest away? Oh I’m very confused now!   :  (

On 6/26/07, Jasper <jasperffforde@googlemail.com> wrote:

Dearest June, are you wellness?

You are a lovely but funny one, sometimes you help to me very quickly and others nevernot at all. As I wrote through before, I had a little fire at my little place and all my books were burned. This made me sadmuch as I know well you know.

As well as my books, MY Thursday ones, I also lost the great and good classics from my Dupine collection, which I was fondmuch of as Grandma gave them when I was a nipperkid. As you are the person who knows more about where books than any other, I was bewondering if you might be able to tell me where I can still buy Dupine books from. I know they are old but I hopemuchmost that somewhere still will sell them to me.

Do please let me know what places you think of.

Yours Goodbye

Jasper