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British Literary Giants


  1. Who was the eldest of the famous literary Bronte sisters?
  2. Daphne Du Maurier spent much of her life in which English county, where most of her novels are set?
  3. Which city was the birthplace of Charles Dickens?
  4. What's the name of the Northamptonshire country estate of Sir Thomas Bertram in a novel by Jane Austen?

  5. Which George Eliot novel was described by both Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language?
  6. Which writer's most famous book is 'Tess of the D’Urbervilles'?
  7. John Milton wrote ‘Paradise Lost’ in which century?
  8. Her first book, 'Child Whispers', was published in 1922. She went on to sell more than 600 million books. Who is she?
  9. In 1907, who became the first English-language writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?
  10. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is better known by what pen name?
  11. Most famous for a series of fictional tales, name the first poet to be buried in poet’s corner in Westminster Abbey?
  12. Which author was born on 11 September 1885, at Eastwood, a mining village in Nottinghamshire?
  13. Exposing poverty and published in 1933, 'Down and Out in Paris and London' was the first full-length work by which English author?
  14. Which author wrote about Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river?
  15. Which book did Daniel Defoe write three years after writing 'Robinson Crusoe'?
  16. By what name is archaeological assistant Lady Mallowan better known?
  17. William Golding is best known for his 1954 debut novel. Can you name it?
  18. Who spent many years in Bedford prison and wrote his most famous book there? And can you name the title of that book?
  19. Who wrote several of his books at his home in Chartwell in Kent?
  20. What does the 'H' and 'G' stand for in H. G. Wells?
  21. Mrs. Dalloway is a novel published on 14 May 1925, written by which author?
  22. Who was a close friend of C. S. Lewis and a co-member of the literary discussion group The Inklings?
  23. Written by J. K. Rowling, 'The Harry Potter' series consists of how many books?
  24. Ian Fleming is best known for James Bond but also wrote which children's story?
  25. Which writer from Liverpool won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996 and was nominated five times for the Booker Prize?
  26. Which novel by E. M. Forster, published in 1910, is about the social conventions and relationships in turn-of-the-century England?


  1. Charlotte
  2. Cornwall
  3. Portsmouth
  4. Mansfield Park
  5. Middlemarch
  6. Thomas Hardy
  7. 17th-century
  8. Enid Blyton
  9. Rudyard Kipling
  10. Lewis Carroll
  11. Geoffrey Chaucer
  12. D H Lawrence (David Herbert Lawrence)
  13. George Orwell
  14. Charles Kingsley (the book is 'The Water Babies')
  15. Moll Flanders (1722)
  16. Agatha Christie
  17. Lord of the Flies
  18. John Bunyan. 'A Pilgrim’s Progress'.
  19. Sir Winston Churchill
  20. Herbert George
  21. Virginia Woolf
  22. J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. Seven
  24. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang
  25. Beryl Bainbridge
  26. Howards End