Jasper Fforde, author of 'The Constant Rabbit' - Surrealist satire writer talks about narrative dares, the creative sandbox and finding the right words.

Jasper Fforde is a sublime storyteller, who has the rare gift of using words in a sequence many people would never think of. He's known for the 'Thursday Next' series, 'The Last Dragonslayer' YA books, and many other unique looks at the world. His new novel is 'The Constant Rabbit' which sees a group of anthropomorphised rabbits being kicked out of Britain by the United Kingdom Anti-Rabbit Party. It's a bizarre but brilliant take on the politics of the last 5 years. We talk about how he had the idea, about getting the tone and pace right, and about how he's unsure if he managed it.

Also you can hear about the narrative dares he sets himself to tell stories, which led to a crime novel about Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall, and about the creative sandboxes that he first-drafts in.

This week's show is sponsored by 'Skin Deep', the new novel by Sung J Woo.

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