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(for Kudos what was his birth name)

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John Irving

(1942 - ) from New Hampshire US

John Wallace Blunt Jr


What are the big four works by John Irving

The World According to Garp

The Cider House Rules

A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Widow for One Year



Where was he born

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Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)



What are Borges two best known books


The Aleph

Both short story compilations



In Borges's work, what word describes a point in space that contains all other spaces at once

The Aleph



Born / Citizenship

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John Maxwell (J M) Coetzee

Born in South Africa, but Australian citizenship from 2006


In what year did Coetzee win the Nobel Prize



What was Coetzee's first published novel (and when)

What are its two components


Dusklands (1974)

Two parts:

The Vietnam Project

The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee



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Stephen King (1947 - )

From Maine


What was Stephen King's first novel (and when was it published)

Carrie (1973) released in 1974


What was the original name of Salem's Lot going to be?

Second Coming

then it became Jerusalem's Lot

then it became Salem's Lot



Who is the bad guy in The Shining

Who is his wife and son

What is the name of the hotel (in which state is it in the book)

What is the evil room

What personnal affliction influenced King's writing of this novel

What was the name of the sequel

Jack Torrance

Wendy and Danny

Overlook Hotel (in the Colorado Rockies) [The film used the Timberline Lodge in Oregon for its outdoor shots]

Room 217

His recovery from alcoholism

Doctor Sleep (2013)


Who is the hero banker of Stephen King's

Shawshank Redemption

Also, in his title for the book, who is the actress mentioned

What was his novella's plotline heavily based on

Andy Dufresne (pron. Doo-frayne)

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

based heavily on 'God Sees the Truth, but waits' by Tolstoy




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Mario Puzo (1920-1999)



What is considered the literary sequel to The Godfather

running a parallel but connected story

What is the opening epigraph of the Godfather (and from whom was it taken)


The Sicilian

"Behind every great fortune is a crime"

attributed to Balzac (the original is longer and a bit better) - In the same work, Balzac also has a line "In that case I will make you an offer that no one would decline") - thanks Balzac!






Born where?

For qudos, what was his first book? and first novel?

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Peter Carey (1943 -)


First book was : The Fat Man in History (1974)

His first novel was called 'Bliss' (1981)



(What name at  birth?)

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Dame Barbara Cartland (1901-2000)


born Mary Barbara Hamilton in Edgebaston, Birmingham


How many novels did Barbara Cartland write, and what is she in the Guiness Book of Records for?

723 novels

In the GBoR of the most novels published in a single year (in 1976)



Who is the Priest in 'The Exorcist'

Who is the possessed girl?

What is the name of the book that was made into the Exorcist III, and from where does it get its name?

Damien Karras

Regan MacNeil

"Legion", from the Gospels of Mark and Luke, where Jesus asks a man (who claims to be possessed) what his name is, and he says "my name is Legion: for we are many"


Who is the elderly priest in the Exorcist, and who was he based on?

What 'exorcism' inspired the book

Father [Lankester] Merrin

based on British Archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding, who excavated where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

An exorcism performed by Jesuit priest William Bowdern of Roland Doe (pseudonym) in 1949



pen names? (for kudos)

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Anne Rice (1941-)

pen names: Anne Rampling, A N Roquelaure


Who is the lead protagonist in the Vampire Chronicles

For kudos, who was the Brad Pitt vampire, and Antonio Banderas vampires

What is other book from the Vampire Chronicles that has been made into a movie

Lestat de Lioncourt

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Armand

'The Queen of the Damned' (it also uses material from the second novel 'The Vampire Lestat'


What was the book about anthropomorphic dogs, who escaped from a testing lab, written by Richard Adams

The Plague Dogs


Whose first novel was The Autobiography of Malcolm X

obviously he ghost wrote it

What uber important novel did he go on to write

Alex Haley (1921-1992)

He wrote

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

he was a legendary African american writer




Born where?

What was her famous 1977 novel

And what was her acclaimed historical fiction novels called

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Colleen McCullough (1937-2015)


The Thorn Birds

Masters of Rome Series (7 books)


Who was famous for becoming the first ever Western Samurai

Who was he an advisor to

and in which book (by whom) were his exploits roughly based

William Adams (1564-1620) a navigator who was the first Englishmen to reach Japan

He was one of the few survivors of a Dutch East India Company expedition that reached Japan in 1598.  He settled there

He became a key advisor to the Shogun Tokugawa leyasu

He is the model for John Blackthorne in James Clavell's novel Shogun (1975)



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John Fowles (1928-2005) from Essex


What are the four big hits of John Fowles

The Collector

The Magus

The French Lieutenant's Woman

A Maggot




Who is the independent leading woman in the French Lieutenant's Woman

And with which naturlist does she have a fraught relationship

Who played them in them in the movie

Where is it set

Sarah Woodruff

Charles Smithson


Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons

Lyme Regis



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Frederick Forsyth (1938 - ) from Kent



What are Frederick Forsyth's four biggest novels

Which of these was his first novel, and when was it published

The Day of the Jackal (his first novel) - 1971

The Odessa File

The Fourth Protocol

The Dogs of War


What were Frederick Forsyth's two occupations before becoming a writer

What was his first book and why did he write it

He was a fighter pilot in the RAF

He then became a journalist

His first book was 'The Biafra Story' which we wrote as a freelance journalist because the BBC refused to cover it. (a bit embarresing, a bit of a british Vietnam)


In the Day of the Jackal

who is the intended victom of an assissination plot, and who is behind it

In the Odessa files, what is the name of the organisation that protects ex-Nazis

The Organistion Armee Secrete (a real terrorist group) hires an assassin to kill then French President Charles de Gaulle

ODESSA (funnily enough)



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John Le Carre (1931 - )

from Poole in Dorset


What is John le Carre's real name

Who was his father dubiously associated with

David John Moore Cornwell

His father was a dodgy charactor, he'd been jailed for insurance fraud and was an associate of the Krays.  His confidence tricks and scams are what led to Carre's fascination with secrets


What did Carre do, before and during the take off of his literary career

He was in the Int Corps, where he interogated people who crossed the iron curtain into the West

He worked as a teacher of French and German at Eton

He worked for MI5 and MI6 running agents etc.


Who is Le Carre's spymaster, and what his nickname for MI6 that he uses (and why)

In what novel (Le Carre's first) was this spymaster introduced

What is the last book he appears in?

Who is his Soviet nemesis (which three books amount to the associated trilogy)

George Smiley

The Circus (it comes from his fiction base for MI6 at Cambridge Circus)

Call of the Dead (1961)

His last appearance is in 'The Secret Pilgrim' (1990)


The Karla trilogy is "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", "The Honourable Schoolboy", "Smiley's People'


What are arguably, Le Carre's five biggest works

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Spy who Came in from the Cold

The Honourable Schoolboy

Smiley's People

The Constant Gardener



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Richard Bach


From Illinois, US


What were Richard Bach's two big hits

Which of his books broke Gone with the Wind's hardback sales record

Johnathon Livingston Seagull (a short book about a seagull - broke GWTW's sales record)

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (about a modern day messiah who decided to quit)


What was Hemingway's postumous 1970s hit

Islands in the Stream


Who wrote


Love Story?

Jaws - Peter Benchley

Love Story - Erich Segal



Real name?

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Jack Higgins (1929) - from Newcastle (Geordie)

real name is Henry Patterson


What  book made Jack Higgins's reputation, and when was it released , and who was the main character

Who was the target in the book

what was his big hit, the year later

The Eagle has Landed (1975)  - Liam Devlin

Winston Churchill was the target

Storm Warning


What is the name of Borges's Kafka like crazy novel



What novel did Sylvia Plath kill herself a month after its publication (and what year) btw not in the 1970s, so a bit of a trick question

The Bell Jar (1963)

It was her semiauthobiographical story about mental health issues


What was Germain Greer's seminal feminist text of 1970

The Female Eunuch



Who wrote The Dice Man, and when was it released

What was the occupation of the Dice Man

Luke Rhinehard (1971)

Disillusioned psychiatrist


In which book will you find "the Duke of Gonzo" blazing a streak of pharmaceutical chaos aross 1970s California

Author too please

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson



Cult 70s novel?

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Thomas Pynchon (1937-)

Gravity's Rainbow


Who wrote The Wombles?

How many can you name the most famous 7 (for kudos?)

Elisabeth Beresford

Great Uncle Bulgaria






Madame Cholet




plus real name

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A.S. Byatt

Dame Antonia Susan Duffy (1936-) (nee Drabble) from Sheffield



A.S. Byatt has a long running feud with her prize winning novelist sister

what is she called and why?

Dame Margaret Drabble

feud over alleged appropriation of a family tea set in a novel Byatt had planned to write about herself (wow!)


Who was Byatt's friend, mentor and major influence

Iris Murdoch


What was the name of Byatt's 1990 Booker prize winning novel

- who started in 2002 film version

Which other book of her's was shortlisted for the prize (and when?)


Gwyneth Paltrow

The Children's Book (in 2009)



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Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010)




What group was Alan Sillitoe considered a key part of?

What was his two most famous works?

Considered one of the "Angry Young Men"

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (also his first novel)

The Loneliness of the long distance runner




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Wilbur Smith (1933-)

South African



What was Wilbur Smith's first novel

What novel series did it begin?

When the Lion Feeds

The Courtney Novels

Most of Smith's novels are set in South Africa or at least Southern AFrica




common pen name?

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John Banville (1945-)

from Wexford in Ireland

Considered a major NP contender

Sometimes writes as Benjamin Black


What was John Banville's first novel?

What was his Booker Prize winning novel?

What three books constitute his Revolutions Trilogy

Nightspawn (1971)

The Sea (2005)

The revolutions trilogy consists of

- Doctor Copernicus

- Kepler

-The Newton Letter


Who wrote Sophie's Choice?

Who narrates the story?

Who are the two central charactors (surnames only for kudos)

What was Sophie's Choice?

William Styron (1979)


Sophie Zawistowska and Nathan Landau

In the concentration camp she had to choose which of her children should die (she chose her daughter Eva)



When did he win his nobel prize

Most known for what novel (which trilogy is part of)

What awards did the film of the book win

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Gunter Grass (1927 - 2015)

NB in 1999

Famous for his book 'The Tin Drum' (1959), the first book in the Danzig Trilogy

The other components are 'Cat and Mouse' and 'Dog Years'

The film won the Palme d'Or in 1979, and the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1979


NP in which year

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Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005) - Canadian born American writer


Saul Bellow was most famous for which novel

What are his two other fairly big hits for extra credit

What other book won him a Pulitzer Prize



The Adventures of Augie March

Henderson the Rain King

Humboldts Gift (1975) won him a Pulitzer Prize



What three hour speech did Nelson Mandela deliver as a defendant at the dock at the Rivonia Trial in 1964

What are the final words which give the speech its title

Which (later) nobel laureate helped him edit and polish it.

"I am Prepared to Die" speech, famous because of its ending "it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die"

Nadine Gordimer helped him edit and polish it


Who, when NP?

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Nadine Gordimer

Nobel Prize in 1991



Born in which country, citizen of which country

3 most famous books

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Milan Kundera

Born in Czechoslavakia, but became a French citizen

The Joke

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


What is the backdrop to the

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Who was the famous reformer who was crushed (in real life, rather than the book)

1968 Prague Spring

t explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union and three other Warsaw Pact countries

The Spring began on 5 January 1968, when reformist Alexander Dubček was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ), and continued until 21 August when the Soviet Union and other members of the Warsaw Pact invaded the country to halt the reforms.