Book Giveaway: THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT by Jasper Fforde

It’ll probably be at least another week before I get caught up with my life (trying to finish an editing assignment before I leave for Bouchercon tomorrow), but I wanted to pop in to post a fun giveaway.

Yesterday saw the publication of the new installment in Jasper Fforde’s popular Thursday Next series, and the good people at Viking are allowing me to give away one copy.

Check out the official description:

Peppered with illustrations by Dylan Meconis and Bill Mudron, THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT takes place over the course of a week in the life of Thursday Next, famous in several dimensions as the Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer. After being forced into semiretirement, thanks to an assassination attempt, Thursday takes what was described to her as a “cushy” job as chief librarian at the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso’s-Drink Not Included Library.

Thursday’s first week on the job proves to be unusually hectic, even by her high standards. As the library faces 100 percent budget cuts, Thursday struggles to remember why she can’t remember that her third child, Jenny, doesn’t exist, even though “Jenny is a mindworm” is tattooed on the back of her hand.

At home, things aren’t any better: her son Friday faces a loss of purpose after his future career as a time-traveling hero is relegated to “might-have-been” status, and her genius teenage daughter is embroiled in a race against the clock to stop a vengeful god from smiting Swindon at midday Friday. On top of it all, Thursday’s nemesis Jack Schitt has returned and is plotting something even more nefarious than usual.

Interested in getting your hands on this? Enter by leaving a comment about the cushiest job you’ve ever had (or wish you had), something you can’t believe someone gets paid to do. Giveaway ends next Wednesday, October 10, at 9 p.m. PST. US residents only. Winners will be randomly selected and have 48 hours after notification to claim the prize.

Have fun! Make up a cushy job if it doesn’t exist already!



  • Reply
    Brooke Bove
    October 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I can’t think of one job I’ve had that could really be described as “cushy,” but the most chushy job I can think of is ironically the U.S. Army. I mean, it was physically demanding, and Basic Training was anything but chushy. But once training was over, I was lucky enough to be able to spend over a year at the Defense Language Institute, where it was my job every day to get up, exercise, eat, and then sit in a classroom all day learning a foreign language. That’s it. I was getting paid to study. Best. Job. Ever.

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    October 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    My last job was pretty cushy albeit a nightmare when things went wrong. I was a Hyperbaric tech and I got to watch tv, read books, and play on my iPhone all while the patients lay in the chambers and watched tv as well. I did have to hear two tv’s at the same time, but I have seen all the Ax Men, Pawn Stars, Biography, all those cable shows they rerun during the day. I could talk some people into watching what I want! I got into country music by someone who wanted to watch CMT or GAC. I read countless books. It’s where I got into Harry Bosch. Caught up on all those books. Found Virgil Flowers and GASP! Elvis Cole!! But the few times when things went wrong….. Scary deal. But we all survived and I now have a job where I work my butt off!

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    October 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    A cushy job? The one I would want is restaurant critic….I’m a good little eater.

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      October 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Oh…a timeout in the play schedule? Have a blast at B’Con.

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    October 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    After stumbling into parenthood, I’ve come to the realization that 12+ hours on set is cushy! I don’t have to multi-task, I just show up and do my job, I get fed at least two meals a day, and if I have to travel I get an uninterrupted night’s sleep in a hotel room that SOMEONE ELSE CLEANS. Bliss!

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    October 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve had three cushy jobs.

    The first was when I worked as a temp for an advertisement agency. All I had to do was sort mail and answer the phones. Unlike most places they didn’t care if I read magazines and surfed the web all day as long as I did my work quickly and efficiently. It was great to be at a job that didn’t care about fake busyness!

    The second was as a caterer. I arrived at the gig after the first crew had already unpacked and set things up. All that was left was napkin folding which I got to do at an outside table facing the ocean. It was a gorgeous day in Malibu and you could even see dolphins. When one of my co-workers asked me if I needed help, I told him that at this point I felt like I should be paying someone.

    The third was as a model for a promotional job. All I had to do was take pictures with anyone who came to our booth. Someone else would print out the pictures and put it on a key chain. I had been doing a lot of promotional jobs at that time and this was by far the easiest, plus it paid almost twice as much as the harder jobs. Go figure.

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    Kristen M.
    October 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I have never been lucky enough to have a cushy job. I don’t think there’s very much that’s cushy that’s actually called a job but movie stand-in seems pretty simple for the money!

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    Anita Yancey
    October 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I have never had a cushy job. But I have always wanted to be a librarian. To be paid to be around books, which I love, would be great.

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