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1

Who?

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Orson Scott Card (Washington, US)

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Who?

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John Grisham?

3

Who?

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Larry McMurtry from Texas, US

 

4

What is the name of Ian Rankin's original graphic novel

What is arguable his best known normal novel

Dark Entries

Knots and Crosses (1987)

 

5

Who?

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Thomas Harris

from Tennessee, US

6

What are the two most famous works by KI?

What is his latest work

Which work won him the 1986 Whitbread award

Never Let Me Go (2005)

The Remains of the Day (1989)

The Buried Giant (2015)

An Artist of the Floating World won the 1986 WB

 

7

What are Cormac McCarthy's big three novels

Who os McCarthy frequently compared to by modern reviewers

The Road

No country for old men

Blood Meridian

Often compared to William Faulkner

8

What are the five books of the Hitch Hikers series

Guide to the Galaxy

Restaurant at the end of the universe

Life, the universe and everything

So long, and thanks for all the fish

Mostly harmless

9

Who?

Born?

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Kazuo Ishiguro (1954 - )

Born in Nagasaki, Japan but his family moved to England at the age of five

 

10

Who?

Born in which country?

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Margaret Atwood (1939 - )

Born in Canada

11

Who?

Where born?

Most famous for which three works?

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Alan Moore, from Northampton

most famous for

Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell

He also wrote The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

12

In what year was The Satanic Verses published

When was Khomeini's fatwa issued

What book did he publish as an account of his life in the wake of the controversy

1988

Rushdie's fourth book

14 Feb 1989 (lovely valentine present)

Joseph Anton: A memoir (2012)

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Who?

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Cormac McCarthy (1933 - )

From Rhode Island

14

What are the four books of the Hannibal Lecter series

Red Dragon (1981)

The Silence of the Lambs (1988)

Hannibal (1999)

Hannibal Rising (2006)

 

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What was the name of Douglas Adam's posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel

The Salmon of Doubt (2002)

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Who?

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Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

17

What is Margaret Atwood's most famous three books

The Handmaid's Tale (1985) - feminist classic set in the future where women are not allowed to read and kept as concupines for breeding)

Oryx and Crake (2003) - a dystopian novel

The Blind Assassin (2000) - Booker Prize winner

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Who wrote

The Bonfire of the Vanities

What was his famous non-fiction novel telling the story of Ken Kesey and his band of pranksters?

Tom Wolfe

The electric kool-aid acid test (1968)

In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way

 

19

By what nicknames is Douglas Adams known as to fans and why?

Bop Ad (from his illegible signature)

DNA (from his initials)

20

Where born?

Pen name?

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Ian Rankin

Jack Harvey

Fife, Scotland

21

What novel was the best seller of 1991

Who wrote it?

The Firm

John Grisham

 

22

Who wrote Maus I: A Survivor's Tale graphic novel

What is it about

Art Spiegelman

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.

23

Who wrote Lonesome Dove

What two other books have been adapted into well known moves

For what film was he a co-winner of a Best adapted screenplay Oscar

Larry McMurtry

Horseman, Pass By - was adapted into the film Hud (his first book)

Terms of Endearment

 

Oscar winner for Brokeback Mountain

 

24

Who wrote the Pelican Brief?

What was the same author's first book?

John Grisham

A Time to Kill

25

Who?

Famous for what book? (what did it win)

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Alice Walker (1944 - )

Famous for 'The Color Purple' (1982) which won the PP in 1983

26

Who?

Most famous for which book (and series)

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Jean M Auel (Chicago, US)

Auel is pronounced Owl

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children series)

27

Who wrote the post-modern horror classic

'White Noise' (1985)

What book did the author write on the life of Lee Harvey Oswald

 

Don DeLillo

Libra

28

What Ken Follett book tells the true story of two employees of Ross Perot who were rescued from Iran during the revolution, and which was made into a mini-series

On Wings of Eagles

29

Which Ken Follett book was on the German best seller list for six years

What was its sequel

The Pillars of the Earth (1989)

World Without End (2007)

30

Who wrote 'Housekeeping'?

What two novels is the author now more famous for?

Marilynne Robinson (1980)

Gilead

Home

 

31

With which book did he burst into the book world in 1978

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Ken Follett (from Cardiff)

Eye of the Needle

32

Who wrote

The Alchemist

What is it about? (what is the hero's name)

Paulo Coelho

The story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.

What starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within

33

Where was Salman Rushdie born?

Bombai

19 June 1947 (year of Indian independence)

34

Who is responsible for the Inspector Rebus novels

What genre do they belong to? (I don't just mean detective..)

 

Ian Rankin

Tartin noir

35

What sci-fi series is OSC most famous for?

Who fantasy novel series is he most famous for?

Ender's Game

The Tales of Alvin Maker (Seventh Son...)

36

What is the name of the 'remote signing' technology that Margaret Atwood invented

LongPen

37

Where (when) is The Remains of the Day set? (who narrates it?)

How many oscars for the film of the book? (Who starred in it)

It is narrated by (James) Stevens, a butler - and the book concerns his life, and his relationship with the housekeeper.

It is set in the country house of Lord Darlington set around WWII

Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star in the movie. It is nominated for 8 Oscars in 1993 (film year)

38

Whose name is synonymous with the modern legal thriller

John Grisham

39

Who wrote the semi-autobiographical

Oranges are not the only fruit

Jeanette Winterson

40

Who wrote the allegedly funny

'A Confederacy of Dunces'?

Who is the 'hero'

Where is it set

What did the author miss out on?

John Kennedy Toole (1980) although it was published postumously (he'd lived from 1937 - 1969)

 

The hero is the fat, grumpy and slothful Ignatius J.Reilly

New Orleans

He won a postumous pulitzer (he'd killed himself by car exhaust after suffering depression)

 

 

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Who?

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Ruth Rendell (1930 - 2015)

 

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Who was Ruth Rendell's most famous creation?

What and when was that character's debut

What was her pseudonym for her third series of novels?

Chief Inspector Reginald (Reg) Wexford

From Doon with Death (1964)

Barbara Vine

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What is Ruth Rendell's maiden name?

What was her political claim to fame?

Grasemann

Labour peer (Baroness Rendell of Babergh)

She introduced the bill that would later become the Female Genital Mutiliation Act 2003