(for Kudos what was his birth name)
(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
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
What are Borges two best known books
Both short story compilations
In Borges's work, what word describes a point in space that contains all other spaces at once
Born / Citizenship
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
The Vietnam Project
The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee
Stephen King (1947 - )
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?
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
Wendy and Danny
Overlook Hotel (in the Colorado Rockies) [The film used the Timberline Lodge in Oregon for its outdoor shots]
His recovery from alcoholism
Doctor Sleep (2013)
Who is the hero banker of Stephen King's
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
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)
"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!
For qudos, what was his first book? and first novel?
Peter Carey (1943 -)
First book was : The Fat Man in History (1974)
His first novel was called 'Bliss' (1981)
(What name at birth?)
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?
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?
"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)
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)
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
he was a legendary African american writer
What was her famous 1977 novel
And what was her acclaimed historical fiction novels called
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)
John Fowles (1928-2005) from Essex
What are the four big hits of John Fowles
The French Lieutenant's Woman
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
Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons
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)
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)
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
The Constant Gardener
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
Jaws - Peter Benchley
Love Story - Erich Segal
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
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)
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?
Thomas Pynchon (1937-)
Who wrote The Wombles?
How many can you name the most famous 7 (for kudos?)
Great Uncle Bulgaria
plus real name
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
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?)
The Children's Book (in 2009)
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
Wilbur Smith (1933-)
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?
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
The Sea (2005)
The revolutions trilogy consists of
- Doctor Copernicus
-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
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
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?
Nobel Prize in 1991
Born in which country, citizen of which country
3 most famous books
Born in Czechoslavakia, but became a French citizen
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.