1. What book in the Old Testament has the censuses of Israelites following their exodus from Egypt?

2.The author was afflicted with anthrax and pneumonia and had to have his liver removed. He also suffered from diabetes and skin cancer.

3. The script for the historic broadcast of royal Christmas in 1932 was written by the Nobel Prize for Literature Winner.

4. Which writer, the creator of a much-loved children’s character himself, dramatised Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind In The Willows, making it into Toad Of Toad Hall?

Sleuth: Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

Joan Hickson plays Miss Marple in Sleuth

5. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Greek Interpreter, who, according to Sherlock Holmes, can always be found at the Diogenes Club from a quarter to five till 20 to eight?

6. ‘Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.’ That’s the first line of which 1950 novel?

7. What were named, variously, after a tram in New Orleans, a collection of animal figurines, and Brick’s wife Maggie?

8. Four characters from Frozen — Anna, Kristoff, Hans and Sven — are named after which author, who wrote The Snow Queen, the film’s main inspiration?

9. In Edward Lear’s The Owl And The Pussycat (pictured below) who performed the marriage ceremony?

10. ‘Good career move,’ said Gore Vidal, in 1984, about which other writer’s death?


As usual there’s a tidal wave of celebrity autobiographies in the bookshops. Which author did each one?

1. Windswept & Interesting

2. And away. . .

3. It’s true!

4. Don’t Laugh, It’ll Only Encourage Her

5.All About Me

6.The Audacity


8. Before & Laughter: A Life-Changing Book

9.A leap of Faith

10.Funny Life


1. What English picaresque novelist was born this 300-year-old?

2. Which French realistic novelist, probably best known for his first novel, was born 200 years ago, and never married or had children, explaining that he was opposed to childbirth because he would ‘transmit to no one the aggravations and the disgrace of existence’?

3. Which French poet and essayist, also born 200 years ago, coined the term modernity (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility of artistic expression to capture that experience?

4. What American author would have turned 100 years old in January if she had not passed away in 1995? She published the first lesbian novel with a happy ending, and Graham Greene called her ‘the poet of apprehension’.

5. In September the author of the ‘Doctor’ series of comic novels would also have been 100. Is this his pen-name Only the second time that Andrews had ever rejected his Big Red Book on This Is Your Life was he, however, he relented and the program went out one week later.

6. Crome Yellow, which was the first novel published by an English writer in 1921 was celebrated its centenary. He died the day after President John F. Kennedy. The news of Kennedy’s death was therefore somewhat overshadowed.

7. Two well-known books by a prolific children’s author had their 75th birthdays this year. The Folk Of The Faraway Tree is the third book in the Faraway Tree Series, and First Term at Malory Towers is the first. Who was the author of this book?

8. In 1946, which famous black paperback brand was established? A translation of Homer’s Odyssey was the first in the series, and remained the company’s bestselling book over the next decade?

9. Which English writer, who died 75 years ago in 1946, had affairs with a significant number of women, including the writers Amber Reeves, Elizabeth von Arnim and Rebecca West, the birth-control activist Margaret Sanger and (on a visit to Maxim Gorky in Russia) Gorky’s own mistress, Countess Benckendorff?

10. Born in 1946, was this an English comic writer who won the Bollinger Everyman Award for Comic Writing 2007? Soon after his publication, he was diagnosed with Cancer and died in 2013.


The Booker Prize was won by all these authors, though some of them were a while back. But at least they’re all in alphabetical order. There is no need to identify the book. Just the author.

A. 1986

A. 1986

B. 1984

C. 2018

C. 2018

D. 1990

D. 1990

E. 1983 & 1999

E. 1983 & 1999

F. 2019

F. 2019

G. 2004

G. 2004

H. 2009 & 2012

H. 2009 & 2012

I. 1997

I. 1997

J. 2017

J. 2017


Below are ten movies based upon famous books. I’ll give you the three main stars, the director and the year of first release. Please give me the title of your novel, or novella, and its author. Example: Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn. Directed by Jonathan Demme (1991). Answer: The Silence Of The Lambs, Thomas Harris. Let’s go!

1. Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, directed by Victor Fleming (1939).

2. Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn were directed by J. Lee Thompson (1961).

3. Omar Sharif. Julie Christie. Tom Courtney. Filmed By David Lean (1965).

4. Alexander Payne directed Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein (1999).

5.Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Directed By David Fincher (1999).

6. Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (2006).

7. Directed by Christopher Nolan (2006).

8. Meryl Streep (Anne Hathaway), Stanley Tucci, directed and produced by David Frankel (2006)

9. Chiwetel, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender. Directed by Steve McQueen (2013).

10. Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, directed by Luca Guadagnino (2017).


These novels and novellas were written by who?

1. The Dean’s December (1982)

2. The Enchanted April (1922).

3. Schnee in April (1972), and September (1990).

4. November (1842).

5. One Week in December 2009

6. July’s People (1981)

7.Hunt For Red October (1984).

8. The March 2005

9. August is a Wicked Month (1965), and Wild Decembers (1999).

10. Juneteenth (1999)


1Nick Rennison enjoyed Ageless, The New Science Of Growing Older Without Getting Old. Harriet, an Australian tortoise, succumbed to a heart attack after she was taken from the Galapagos Islands.

a) Sir David Attenborough

b) Steve Backshall

Charles Darwin

2A January biography revealed that the actor always wore leather driving gloves and a collar and tie on the beach.

a) David Niven

b) Kenneth More

c) Roger Moore

In a Constance Craig Smith review from January, who said the following: ‘I’m not offended by the dumb blonde jokes, because I know I’m not dumb . . . and I also know I’m not blonde.’?

a) Marilyn Monroe

b. Dolly Parton

c. Jayne Mansfield

4Marian Keyes couldn’t read a classic novel because she was required to for Irish A-levels. Jane Austen lover, she claims that she’s now fully paid up.

a) Pride And Prejudice

b) Persuasion

c) Emma

Roger Alton had some fun in March with Paul O’Keeffe’s book about the Battle of Culloden. What was the duration of this battle?

A) 40 minutes

b) 2 hours

c. Nearly three weeks

6 In March, I reviewed a book about Isaac Newton’s London career. Is Newton believed to have invent a useful household item?

(a) The spoon

b. The catflap

c) A shaving brush

7 ‘I have never experienced happiness. I have always been waiting for it.’ A typically gloomy remark from which great Russian writer, whose biography was Book Of The Week in March?

a) Leo Tolstoy

b) Fyodor Dostoevsky

c) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

8 In April, Antony Cummins reviewed Blake Bailey’s vast biography of which great sex-crazed American writer, who died three years ago, aged 85?

Saul Bellow

Norman Mailer

c. Philip Roth

9 According to Roger Lewis in April, ‘Had Miss Marple been a novelist, she’d have been . . .’ who? ‘A large jar of marmalade is more desirable than a new love affair,’ she wrote.

A. Agatha Christie

B) Barbara Pym

C) Miss Read

10 William Palmer’s book In Love With Hell, about alcoholic writers, was a Book Of The Week in May. American writer, William Palmer, ate vodka breakfast and traveled with his Thermos dry martinis flask.

a) Ernest Hemingway

b. William Faulkner

John Cheever


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