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Modern Authors Quizzes with Answers

Quiz I

  1. Whose debut novel, White Teeth, immediately became a best-seller? This author also wrote Feel Free in 2018.

  2. Dame Hilary Mary Mantel has twice been awarded the Booker Prize. Which 2009 novel, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power, won her the first award?
  3. Yann Martel is a Spanish-born Canadian author best known for which Man Booker Prize-winning novel?
  4. Who writes crime fiction under the name Robert Galbraith?
  5. Midnight's Children is a 1981 novel by which author?
  6. Name the author of the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials?
  7. The Beach, a 1996 novel by English author Alex Garland, is set in which country?
  8. What's the pen name of British author James Dover Grant who's best known for his Jack Reacher novel series?
  9. Which novel was actually Stephen King's fourth but the first one to be published?
  10. Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic romance novel by which British author?
  11. Name the best-selling science book first published in 1988 by Stephen Hawking?
  12. Which crime writer is best known for his Inspector Rebus novels?


  1. Zadie Smith

  2. Wolf Hall (the second Booker Prize was for the 2012 novel Bring Up the Bodies)
  3. Life of Pi
  4. J. K. Rowling
  5. Salman Rushdie
  6. Philip Pullman
  7. Thailand
  8. Lee Child
  9. Carrie
  10. E. L. James
  11. A Brief History of Time
  12. Ian Rankin

Quiz II

  1. Who wrote the 2003 mystery novel The Da Vinci Code? And can you name the professor and main character of the book?
  2. Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby series of books was adapted into which popular British television series?
  3. Who wrote the best-selling novel The Handmaid's Tale?
  4. What domestic item did Tony Hawks hitchhike around Ireland with in a book that sold nearly a million copies?
  5. Which American crime author is best known for her novels featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta?
  6. What is the name of the series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by Stephenie Meyer?
  7. What is the name of the series of epic fantasy novels by American novelist George R. R. Martin?
  8. Which English writer, who died in 2010, was nominated five times for the Booker Prize?
  9. Whose best known novels are Money and London Fields?
  10. Nick Hornby's novel Fever Pitch tells the story of the author's relationship with football and with which football club?
  11. Who wrote the 2005 novel The Hunger Games?
  12. Stieg Larsson's Millennium series includes The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, but which book is missing?


  1. Dan Brown. Professor Robert Langdon.
  2. Midsomer Murders
  3. Margaret Atwood
  4. A fridge (the book was Round Ireland with a Fridge)
  5. Patrica Cornwell
  6. Twighlight
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire
  8. Beryl Bainbridge
  9. Martin Amiss
  10. Arsenal
  11. Suzanne Collins
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Modern Authors Quiz III

  1. Who created the character Hannibal Lecter?
  2. Which 1989 novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is about a butler called Stevens?

  3. What's the title of Michelle Obama's memoir published in 2018?
  4. Which writer's career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for five thousand dollars?
  5. Who wrote the 1990 science fiction novel Jurrasic Park?
  6. Which 1992 legal-suspense thriller by John Grisham is his third novel after A Time to Kill and The Firm?
  7. The title of which 1984 novel, which follows the careers and personal lives of four fictional British politicians, can be translated from the latin phrase 'primus inter pares'?
  8. Which British writer was the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007?
  9. Who in 1999 became the first writer to win the Booker Prize for a second time with a novel about post-apartheid South Africa?
  10. Which 2005 novel by American author Cormac McCarthy was adapted into a 2007 movie which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture?
  11. Name the best selling 1996 memoir by the Irish-American author Frank McCourt?
  12. Who wrote the humorous travel book Notes from a Small Island?
  13. Whose novel Trainspotting was made into a film of the same name?
  14. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith, are set in which country?
  15. Which former Member of Parliament is the author of several novels, including A Parliamentary Affair, A Woman's Place and the 2001 novel This Honourable House?


  1. Thomas Harris (William Thomas Harris III)
  2. The Remains of the Day
  3. Becoming
  4. Tom Clancy
  5. Michael Crichton

  6. The Pelican Brief
  7. First Among Equals (by British author Jeffrey Archer)
  8. Doris Lessing
  9. J M Coetzee (the novel was Disgrace)
  10. No Country for Old Men
  11. Angela's Ashes
  12. Bill Bryson
  13. Irvine Welsh
  14. Botswana
  15. Edwina Currie