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  1. Who collaborated with his daughter Lucy, in 2007, to write the children's book George's Secret Key to the Universe?
  2. Which author's breakthrough book was decribed by Salman Rushdie as a 'book so bad it makes bad books look good'?




  3. Who declined the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature because he had consistently declined all official honours?
  4. Which author's books include Coming Up for Air, and Homage to Catalonia?
  5. Whose book The Minpins was published in 1991, a few months after the author's death in 1990?
  6. Which Italian novel for children has been adapted in over 240 languages?
  7. Which famous novelist was Governor General of Canada?
  8. Peter Mark Roget, a nineteenth century British physician, is best known for what type of book?
  9. Whose fourth novel featuring Robert Langdon, is a mystery thriller called Inferno?
  10. Who wrote the 2012 Booker Prize winning book Bring Up the Bodies?
  11. In literature and films whose father was the Earl of Dorincourt?

Answers:

  1. Stephen Hawking
  2. Dan Brown
  3. Jean-Paul Sartre
  4. George Orwell
  5. Roald Dahl
  6. The Adventures of Pinocchio
  7. John Buchan
  8. Thesaurus
  9. Dan Brown
  10. Hilary Mantel
  11. Little Lord Fauntleroy



Quiz Questions

  1. Which book, first published in 1605, has sold more han 300 million copies worldwide?
  2. Which 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is considered a children's novel?





  3. In a famous novel, who has a mother called Duchess (nicknamed 'Pet')?
  4. Which book is the first in the Dollanganger Series, and is followed by Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns?
  5. The Curse of Capistrano, a 1919 story by Johnston McCulley, is the first work to feature which fictional character?
  6. Who wrote the book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
  7. In which book do the catchphrases 'messing about in boats' and 'poop, poop' feature?
  8. Which short adventure novel is about a sled dog named Buck?
  9. Who wrote the science fiction novel Brave New World?
  10. What do the two initials stand for in C. S. Lewis?
  11. Which Latin phrase meaning 'great work', refers to the largest and best achievement of an author?
  12. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was written by which English economist?
  13. The title of which D. H. Lawrence book is also a meteorological phenomenon?
  14. Name the beautiful young man who becomes the subject of a portrait by society painter, Basil Hallward?
  15. Which book has had many film and television adaptations including a 1935 version starring Robert Donat, a 1978 version with Robert Powell, and a 2008 British television version, starring Rupert Penry-Jones?

Answers:

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Anne of Green Gables
  3. Black Beauty
  4. Flowers in the Attic
  5. Zorro
  6. Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. Wind in the Willows
  8. Call of the Wild
  9. Aldous Huxley
  10. Clive Staples
  11. Magnum Opus
  12. John Maynard Keynes
  13. The Rainbow




  14. Dorian Gray (in the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
  15. The Thirty-Nine Steps



Quiz Questions

  1. Who wrote the children's book Charlotte's Web?
  2. Jeffrey Archer was made a life peer in 1992 as Baron Archer of which English seaside town?
  3. Who was the rector of Eversley, Hampshire, from 1847 to 1875?
  4. Which Irish born novelist, playwright, and poet, lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both French and English?
  5. Born in 1775, which English writer and essayist is best known for his Essays of Elia?
  6. Which novel folllows U.S. Army Airforce Captain John Yossarian?
  7. In which book does Gabriel Oak, a young shepherd, fall in love with Bathsheba Everdene?
  8. Which comedian wrote The Flanimals children's book series?
  9. Which politician in 2014 wrote the first book in a trilogy of novels about her childhood and life in 1950s Liverpool?
  10. Which of the Bronte sisters is the youngest?
  11. In the novel Carrie by Stephen King, what is Carrie's last name?
  12. 'Old Possum' was Ezra Pound's nickname for which writer?
  13. Whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens?
  14. Whose second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981?
  15. What was the street address of Sherlock Holmes?

Answers:

  1. E. B. White
  2. Weston-super-Mare
  3. Charles Kingsley
  4. Samuel Beckett
  5. Charles Lamb
  6. Catch-22
  7. Far from the Madding Crowd
  8. Ricky Gervais
  9. Nadine Dorries
  10. Anne




  11. White
  12. T. S. Eliot
  13. Mark Twain
  14. Salman Rushdie
  15. 221B Baker Street



Quiz Questions

  1. Which fictional character is the narrator of the book Moby-Dick?
  2. Who, in 1930, married archaeologist Max Mallowan, having met him in an archaeological dig?
  3. Which author died on 29 September 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney?
  4. In which country was British author Doris Lessing born?
  5. Anne Elliot is the heroine of which Jane Austen novel?
  6. Which novel is the story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza?
  7. In literature which 1719 book has gained wide acceptance as 'the first English novel'?
  8. What was Rudyard Kipling's given first name?
  9. 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen' is the first line from which book?
  10. Which novellist wrote 'Cannery Row' and 'East of Eden'?
  11. Which Washington D.C. born oscar-winning actress wrote 'A Lotus Grows in the Mud'?
  12. Which famous past British political figure wrote Sybil?
  13. Which lead character was the budding author in the The Waltons?
  14. In which month of the year is Burns night celebrated?
  15. Which Victorian author wrote the plays 'Frozen Deep' and 'No Gobblins'?

Answers:

  1. Ishmael
  2. Agatha Christie
  3. Emile Zola
  4. Iran (then called Persia)





  5. Persuasion
  6. Don Quixote
  7. Robinson Crusoe
  8. Joseph
  9. 1984
  10. John Steinbeck
  11. Goldie Hawn
  12. Bemjamin Disraeli
  13. John-Boy
  14. January (the 25th)
  15. Charles Dickens










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