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Who are the two main charactors in Waiting for Godot

When did it premier

What did critics say of

Vladimir and Estragon

Who wait endlessly for someone called Godot


"nothing happens...twice"



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Samuel Barclay Bennett (1906-1989)

Pen name: Andrew Belis

Irish avante guard novelist, playwright and director

He is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists.

Won his NP in 1969


How many notable Beckett works can you name

Orange for two

Yellow for four

Green for six or more

Murphy (1938)
Molloy (1951)
Malone Dies (1951)
The Unnamable (1953)
Waiting for Godot (1953)
Watt (1953)
Endgame (1957)
Krapp's Last Tape (1958)
How It Is (1961)


What group was he a member of?

George Perec (1936-1982)

French novelist and filmmaker

Member of the Oulipo group



What was special about the book 'The Void'

Who wrote it

What is this author's most famous work

What is a lipogram

What other book uses the same lipogram as The Void

Georges Perec

It doesn't use the letter 'e'

Life A User's Manual (pub in 1978)

A lipogram (from Ancient Greek:  "leaving out a letter") is a kind of constrained writing or word game consisting in writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided—usually a common vowel, and commonly "E", the most common letter in the English language.

Ernest Vincent Wright's Gadsby also doesn't use the letter 'E'


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Elwyn Brooks (E. B.) White (1899-1985)

From New York State


Can you name the big three books by E.B. White


Charlotte's Web

Stuart Little

The Trumpet and the Swan


random question

What term describes words that sound like what they describe (like ping-pong or crunch)



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Gabriel Garcia Marques (1927-2014)

NP winner in 1982



Who wrote one hundred years of solitude (1967)?

What were his two other big books

Garbiel Garcia Marquez

The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and

Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).


In what year was The Sun founded

Who launched it, and to replace what newspaper

When did Murdoch take over

When did Page 3 begin, and who was the first



It was launched by owners IPC (International Publishing Corporation) to replace the failing Daily Herald.


1970, first pge 3 girl: Stephanie Rahn (little offence was caused as she was presented as a one-off "Birthday Suit Girl" to mark the first anniversary of the relaunched Sun)




Who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962)

What was his other 'magnus opus' book


Ken Kesey

Sometimes a Great Nation (1964)


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Ken Kesey (1935-2001)

"I was too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie,"



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Umberto Eco (1932-)




Who wrote

The Name of the Rose (who is the detective)

From what is the underlying mystery borrowed

can you name his other big work (what is the name of the conspiracy in the book)

Umberto Eco

William of Baskerville (his name comes from William of Ockham and The Hound of the Baskervilles as a tribute to logic and detectives)

Borrowed from "Arabian Nights"

Foucault's Pendulum

'The Plan'


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what was he during wwii

Joseph Heller

Jewish American from New York

he was a bombadier during wwii


What were Joseph Heller's top two works,

can you name any others

Catch-22 (1961)

Something Happened (1974)

He also wrote:

Good as Gold (1979)
God Knows (1984)
Picture This (1988)
Closing Time (1994)
Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (2000)


Which book followed up the lives of many of many of the characters from Catch-22

Closing Time (1994)


Who is the main charactor of Catch-22

What is he?

Capt John Yossarian

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On what island is Catch-22 set

Pianosa island near Italy

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What is 'Catch-22'

Catch-22,  specifies that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.

Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.


In Catch-22 which charactors fits the following descriptions

1) Group Cdr at Air Corps Base - obsessed with becoming a Genera - keeps raising required mission numbers

2) The squadron flight surgeon

3) The Mess Officer and wheeler and dealer

4) Obsessed with a whore in Rome

5) The crew navigator

6) Mr perfect

7) intelligence officer

8) the squadron commander


1) Col Cathcart

2) Doc Daneeka

3) Milo Minderbinder

4) Lt Nately

5) Capt Aardvark aka Aarfy

6) Appleby

7) Capt Black

8) Major Major Major Major (thats correct btw)



Although set in 1940, what is satirised in 'Catch 22'

The Korean war

Hence there are 1950s anachranisms in the book

Milo Minderbinder's maxim "What's good for M&M Enterprises is good for the country" alludes to former president of General Motors Charles Erwin Wilson's statement before the Senate "What's good for General Motors is good for the country."

The question of "Who promoted Major Major?" alludes to Joseph McCarthy's questioning of the promotion of Major Peress, an army dentist who refused to sign loyalty oaths



Philip Kindred Dick (1928-1982)

From Chicago


Which two PKD books inspired the following books

Total Recall


Minority Report

We can remember it for you wholesale

Do androids dream of electric sheep

The Minority Report (the only difference is the 'The')



Which PKD Novel is set in the "North American Confederation" of 1992,

Who is the protagonist


Joe Chip


How many of Philip K Dicks nebula and hugo award nominated/winning novels and novellas  can you name

1963 hugo winner - The man in the high castle 

nominated for Flow my tears, the policeman said 

and Faith of our fathers 

Dr Bloodmoney 

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch 

Do Androids dream of electric sheep 

The transmigration of Timothy Archer






John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1917-1993)

Lanchashire born

Lived the end of is life outside Lugano, Switzerland like Graham Greene



What was Burgess's first published fiction

When was A Clockwork Orange published

Can you think of any other big-ticket novels

The Long Day Wanes - Malaya trilogy


One Hand Clapping

The Worm and the Ring

The End of the World News



What is the name for a  secret language used by various groups — e.g. schoolmates, outlaws, colleagues

What is the name of the one used in A Clockwork Orange

What languages does it combine



Nadsat (The name itself comes from the Russian suffix equivalent of '-teen')

It is english with some cockney ryhming sland, Russian (the biggest influence) and German words



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Truman Capote (1924-1984)

From New Orleans


What are the two most well known works by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)

In Cold Blood (1966) which he labeled a "nonfiction novel."  It is a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home, a book Capote spent four years writing, with much help from Harper Lee


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pen name

Cecil Scott (C S) Forester (1899-1966)

pen name: Cecil Louis Troughton

Born in Egypt and died in California, but a British novelist



Who was the star of the famous series of books by C.S. Forester

What connects him with John Ford

What was his famous WWII story

Who did he reportedly inspire into writing

Horatio Hornblower

He wrote 'The African Queen', the film of which John Ford directed

He wrote 'Hunting the Bismarck' which was filmed as 'Sink The Bismarck!'

Roald Dahl, after they talked about Dahl's experiences as a fighter pilot




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Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)

Irish born novelist and philosopher



What was Iris Murdoch's first publised novel

Who was her nobel prize winning lover

What did she win her Booker Prize for, and when

Why was she refused entry into the US in 1946

Under the Net (selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.)

Elias Canetti

The Sea, the sea (1978)

ris Murdoch won a scholarship to study at Vassar College in 1946, but was refused a visa to enter the United States because she had joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1938, while a student at Oxford. She left the party in 1942 - but remained sympathetic



What was Iris Murdoch's book 'The Red and the Green about'?

What murdoch book was a harbinger of the sexual revolution that hit Britain in the 1960s and 1970s.  What was it about.  Who helped turn it into a Play

R&G is about the Easter Rebellion

'A Severed Head' - a satirical, sometimes farcical 1961 novel by Iris Murdoch. Primary themes include marriage, adultery, and incest within a group of civilised and educated people.

J B Priestley helped turn it into a play



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William Golding  (1911-1993)

NP in 1983


Rite of Passage was the first book in which trilogy

Can you name the other two components

To the Ends of the Earth

-Close Quarters

-Fire Down Below


What was William Golding's first novel? and when published?

Can you name any ten others

Lord of the Flies (1954)

The Inheritors (1955),

Pincher Martin (1956),

Free Fall (1959),

The Spire (1964),

The Pyramid (1967)

,The Scorpion God (1971),

Darkness Visible (1979)

,The Paper Men (1984)

+ TEotE trilogy

also 'The Double Tongue' which was released posthumously



What WWII action was Golding briefly involved in

What action was he more substantially involved in

During World War II, Golding fought in the Royal Navy (on board a destroyer) and was briefly involved in the pursuit and sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.

He also participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, commanding a landing ship that fired salvoes of rockets onto the beaches, and was in action at Walcheren at which 23 out of 24 assault craft were sunk


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Dame Beryl Margeret Bainbridge (1932-2010)

Known for psychological fiction



What 1989 Beryl Bainbridge novel was adapted into a film staring Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant

How many times was BB nominated for the Booker Prize

An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

5 x BP nominee

(and 2 x Whitbread prize winner)




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John Updike (1932-2009)

Rabbit series

and Witches of Eastwick (the sequel is the Widow of Eastwick)

also two time PP winner (for two Rabbit books in 1981 and 1990)

Henry Bech (Bech is his alter-ego)





Who is the star of the Rabbit series

What was Updike's book about an attempt to prove the existence of God using a computer programme

Highschool Basketball player named Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom

It follows his life

'Roger's Version'


What is the name for the repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of a phrase.


e.g. from Ryhme of the Ancient Mariner

"For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky." and "the furrow followed free..."


What is an adverb

A word that changes or simplifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, clause or sentence (or another adverb)

Adverbs are words like slowly, now, soon, and suddenly. An adverb usually modifies a verb or a verb phrase. It provides information about the manner, place, time, frequency, certainty, or other circumstances of the activity denoted by the verb or verb phrase.


found the film incredibly dull.


The meeting went well and the directors were extremely happy with the outcome.


Crabs are known for walking sideways.


Only members are allowed to enter.


I often have eggs for breakfast.


However, I will not eat fried eggs again.


What is an antonym

What are homonyms

What are hypernyms and hyponyms


Antonyms are words with opposite or nearly opposite meanings. For example: hot ↔ cold, large ↔ small, thick ↔ thin, synonym ↔ antonym

Homonyms are words that have the same pronunciation and spelling, but have different meanings. For example, rose (a type of flower) and rose (past tense of rise) are homonyms.

Hypernyms and hyponyms are words that refer to, respectively, a general category and a specific instance of that category. For example, vehicle is a hypernym of car, and car is a hyponym of vehicle.


What is the name of Atticus Finch's two children in To Kill a Mockingbird

Jem and Scout


Who wrote the 1955 novel 'A Night to Remember?'

What was it about

Walter Lord

The sinking of the Titanic


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Thomas Lanier 'Tennessee' Williams (1911-1983)


What were the big five works by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menageria (1944) his first work that made him famous

A Streetcar Named Desire

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Orpheus Descending

Sweet Bird of Youth


What is the name of the young writer who is the hero of Under the Net

What the 'net' in question

What is the name of the hero's book


Jake Donaghue

The "net" in question is the net of language.

The Silencer


In under the Net, who are the hero's two key friends

Who are the three women who make up his life

Who is his quasi-buddy fireworks maker and film maker

Finn (a distant Irish cousin)

Dave (a Jewish anti-metaphysical philospher)

Madge (who he starts off with)

Anna Quentin (who he loves)

Sadie Quentin (Anna's sister, the film star who loves him)

Hugo Belfounder


What job does the hero eventually get in Under the Net

What is the name of the dog

What is the name of the political agitator


An Orderly in a hospital

Mr Mars

Lefty Todd


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Aleksandr Isayevich[a] Solzhenitsyn



What was the famous alegorical work by Solzhenitsyn,

Can you name his two most famous other works


Cancer Ward

The Gulag Archipelago

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, August 1914


In what year did  Solzhenitsyn win his Nobel Prize,

When was he expelled from the Soviet Union,

when did he return to Russia





Lord of the Flies drew upon, but inverted the morality, of which novel (by whom)

What is the global context of the story in Lord of the Flies

What is 'Lord of the Flies' a literal translation of

The Coral Island by R.M. Ballentyne

It takes place during a nuclear war - the children are being evacuated.

Beelzebub (from the bible)



Who are the two main 'good guys' in Lord of the Flies

what happens to them (in broadest terms)

Who heads the opposition (and what whey they collectively - i.e. pre crash)

Who is the third leadership figure

Ralph - sort of tough guy natural leader - who is elected Chief

'Piggy' - bespectacled fat kid

Choir Boys headed by Jack Merridew



What is the obsession of the bad kid in LoftFlies

Where does he make his headquarters

Who is his sadistic side kick

Hunting - and killing pigs in particular

In doing so he allows the signal fire to go out - allowing a ship to pass by without stopping

Castle Rock



What is the Lord of the Flies

Who finds it, and considers it as such

What else does he discover

But what happens to him

A Pigs Head (left as offering to 'the beast'), which is swarmed by flies


He discovers the dead pilot, therefore realising that the 'beast' is really a corpse

An goes to tell the others, but is killed by mistake


How do they keep the fire alight in Lord of the Flies

What does this mean when tensions are high

Who kills the fat kid? and why?

Piggy's glasses

The bad tribe raid the good guys base and steal Piggy's glasses.

When the good guys go the enemy stronghold, several members (Sam and Eric) are taken prisoner, and Roger drops a stone on Piggy that results in him being killed



Famous book series (what does the series name refer to)

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Mervyn Peake (1911 - 1968) - died of Parkinsons and died of a type of dementia

Born in China

Famous for his Gormenghast series

Gormenghast is an earldom, dominated by a huge castle, ruled by the Groan family


What is Mervyn Peake's crazy story about a man that develops physical traits of an angel and a devil

Where is set?

Mr Pye

When he does good things he grows angel's wings

When he does bad things he gets devil's horns

Set on the channel island Sark


In what year was Dune released

Who wrote it? and what inaugural award did it win

Frank Herbert's 1965 epic

won the inaugural Nebula Award

It also won the Hugo award


Who is the main protagonist of the book Dune

Where is his family stewards?

What is the important substance to be found there

How many sequels are there

Where will you now find names of planets from Dune novels

Paul Atreides

the desert planet Arrakis

the "Spice" Melange

five sequels

They've been adopted as names for plains and other features on Saturn's moon Titan


Who is Jim in Lucky Jim

Who is the book dedicated, and what is the connection to his character

Who is Jim's professor (and his son?)

Who is his 'girlfriend' and who is his love

What does Jim deliver a (comic) lecture on

Jim Dixon, a medievel history lecturer at a redbrick university in the Midlands

Philip Larkin.  Dixon comes from Dixon Drive, Larkin's address from 48-50 in Leicester where he was a librarian

Prof Welch (and his son Bertrand)

Margaret Peel (who sort of but didn't try to kill herself)

Christine Callaghan

"Merrie England"




Where born?

Most famous novel?

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Muriel Spark (nee Camberg) (1918-2006)

Born in Edinburgh

Famous for 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'


Who wrote the Machurian Candidate?

With respect to what was their a plagiarism controversy


What was his other famous book

Robert Condon

In 1998 a California software engineer noticed several paragraphs in The Manchurian Candidate that appeared nearly identical to portions of the celebrated 1934 novel I, Claudius

He also wrote a series of books about gangsters named Prizzi (including Prizzi's honour)