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Patricia Cornwell


What was Patricia Cornwell's first novel?

What genre does she specialise in? who is the persistent main character n her novels?


Forensic thriller

Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta



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Norman Mailer (1923 - 2007)



For which two books (and years) did Norman Mailer win Pulitzer Prizes

Which was for non-fiction?

What was it about?

What was his fiction story about? what was its connection to real life?

1969 - The Armies of the Night (non-fiction) about the 1967 march on the Pentagon

1980 - The Executioner's Song about the events related to the execution of Gary Gilmore for murder.

The book was central to the national debate over the revival of capital punishment by the Supreme Court. Gilmore was the first person to be executed in the United States since the re-instatement of the death penalty in 1976.


Who were the three key innovators of the genre known as New Journalism, or creative nonfiction

Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, Hunter S Thompson


What was Norman Mailer's most renowned essay?

What was the name of the New Journalist politics orientated weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village?

What was his particularly controversial biography and why?

"The White Negro"

The Village Voice

Mailer's 1973 biography of Monroe (usually designated Marilyn: A Biography) was particularly controversial. The book's final chapter states that Monroe was murdered by agents of the FBI and CIA who resented her supposed affair with Robert F. Kennedy.

(the playwright Arthur Miller, a former husband to Monroe, wrote scathingly of Mailer: "[Mailer] was himself in drag, acting out his own Hollywood fantasies of fame and sex unlimited and power.")



From where?

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Austrlian novelist

Thomas Keneally


The efforts of who inspired Schindler's Ark?

Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor.


Who is famous for the Cadfael medieval detective series

What was the first called?

Ellis Peters

from Shropshire

A Morbid Taste for Bones



From where?

What genre

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Phyllis Dorothy (P D) James

from Oxford

Crime thrillers



What Jane Austin sequel did P D James write

Death Comes to Pemberley


Who wrote

The Children of Men

Who directed the movie?

P D James

Alfonso Cuaron (of Gravity fame)


Which police commander and poet appears in P D James novels

Adam Dalgliesh


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Ian McEwan (born in Aldershot - 1948)


What is Ian McEwan's most famous book?



What Ian McEwan has at is setting the anti-Iraq war protests of 2003

Which novel nearly got him in trouble with conservationists and the local council - nearly resulting in £2000 fine

Which book did he dedicate to his late friend Christopher Hitchens, and is also semi-autobiographical

Saturday (2005)

Chesil Beach (2007) - he'd taken pebbles from the beach for inspiration - but this is illegal -so he returned them.  The 166p novella was nominated for a Booker Prize.

Sweet Tooth (2012) - an MI5 based novel


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Martin Amis

Son of Kingsley

Born in Wales in 1949


What are the three most notable works of Martin Amis

The Rachel Papers (1973)

Money (1984)

London Fields (1989)


Who did the NYT describe as the master of what  "the new unpleasantness"

And as probably Britain's angriest writer

Martin Amis

The New Unpleasantness is not a celebration of Unpleasantness per se, but rather a rebellion against all that is unpleasant about Pleasantness. It stands not for mere churlishness or, worse, the unbearable artifice of Grumpy Old Mannishness, but recognizes all that is wrong with modern life and with moderns who insist on being alive in particular.


Which New Zealand mystery novel about the life and loves of

Kerewin, Joe and Simon ( a mute child)

The Bone People by NZ'r Keri Hulme


Why was Last Orders a mildly controversial winner of the Booker Prize

Who did the film of novel star

Why is it called Last Orders

Which Swift novel is set in The Fens

Its superficial similarities in plot to William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins (2001 film) (oh. and Ray Winston and Helen Mirren)

Its about war veterans on a journey to scatter ashes of friend Jack Dodd (his last orders). Also, drinking was Jack's favourite pastime (and others)

Waterland (A Booker Prize shortlisted novel)



What controversial Booker Prize winning novel had one panel member storm off saying 'Frankly, it's crap'

And was renowned for its expletives, being a stream of consciousness novel written in a working class Scottish dialect

How Late it Was, How Late

by James Kelman


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Sebastian Faulks - Berkshire (1953 - )


Sebastian Faulks is best known for what historical trilogy

What was the first novel in the series called

Kudos for the sequels

The French Trilogy

The Girl at the Lion d'Or (1989)

Birdsong (his most read - on Goodreads at least)

Charlotte Gray


Most famous for what novel

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Patrick Suskind (Germany) 1949 -

Most famous for - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer


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Tom Clancy (1947 - 2013) - Maryland


What was Tom Clancy's first novel (and what year)

Who did it introduce

Who played him in film first (what movie)

Who played him the most (what movies)

How many novels did that character appear in, in total

The Hunt for Red October (1984)

Jack Ryan

Alec Baldwin (in Hunt for Red October)

Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, The Sum of all Films)

9 novels


What book did Clany write as a competition with Stephen King to see who could write the longest book in a week (oh, and who won) (at least so the story goes)

What is the subject matter

Red Storm Rising

Stephen King (bet the quality wasn't as good though)

A conventional  (as opposed to nuclear) WWIII



What Clancy novel features ex-Navy SEAL John Clark, heading an international task force dedicated to combatting terrorism, fighting the most extreme terrorists imaginable

What is the name of the international task force

now real world stuff...

What does SEAL stand for

What is the name of the elite CIA unit had recruits SEAL team members

What is the name of the former SEAL who had to pay $6.6m to settle with authorities over an unauthorised Bin Laden raid book.  What was it called

Rainbow Six

Rainbow (not too surprisingly)

SEAL is SEa, Air and Land Teams

Special Operations Group

No Easy Day by Matt Bissonnette



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Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015)


What was Terry Pratchett's first novel

With whom did he collaborate for the novel Good Omens (1990)

What is the subtitle of Good Omens

The Carpet People (1971) - but he didn't turn to writing full time until 1987

Neil Gaiman

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch



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Arundhati Roy (1961- ) from Assam, India



What is The God of Small Things about

Its a semi-autobiographical novel capturing Roy's childhood experiences in Aymanam

It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who should be loved, and how. And how much." The book explores how the small things affect people's behavior and their lives.

It is Roy's only novel and took four years to write


In the Discworld series, who was :

the wizard with no skills

Death's horse

Death's Granddaughter


What is Discworld balancing on

Wizard: Rincewind - the archetypal coward constantly thrust into dangerous adventures

Death's horse: Binky

Death's granddaughter: Susan Sto-Helit

Discworld balances on four elephants who stand on a giant turtle, Great A'Tuin


What book tells the story of a woman's tempestous life as she lies dying in a hospital bed

It also includes incest!


Moon Tiger


Penelope Lively



Nominated for how many Booker Prizes

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Penelope Lively (1933 - )

born in Cairo

Nominated for three Booker Prizes




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Robert Ludlum (1927 - 2001) New York


Who wrote the Jason Bourne series

When was the first one published

What were novels in the trilogy?

Who wrote the next ten (and presume more) in the series

Who was first to star as Jason Bourne?

Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity (1980)

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Ultimatum

Eric Van Lustbader

Richard Chamberlain in 1988 TV movie



Which Ludlum book was turned into a film starring Rutger Hauer in 1983

and which book into a film a starring Michael Caine in 1985

and which into a film starring Leonardo DeCaprio in (the future)

The Osterman Weekend

The Holcraft Covenent

The Chancellor Manuscript


How tall?

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Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008)

from Chicago

6 foot 9 inches


What was Michael Crichton the only creative artist ever to achieve

Simultaneously charting at No. 1 in US television (ER), film (Jurassic Park), and book sales (Disclosure)


What was the first book Michael Crichton wrote under his own name

What did he write most of his early books under (and why?)

What was his other early pseudonym (and why?)

The Andromeda Strain

John Lange (Lange is a surname in German meaning "Long" a reference to his height)

(He later described his Lange books in the following way: "My feeling about the Lange books is that my competition is in-flight movies. One can read the books in an hour and a half)

Jeffrey Hudson (a famous dwarf at the court of Queen Henrietta Maria - I guess he was being funny)



Born where?

Famous for what series?

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George Simenon

1903 - 1989


Responsible for the Jules Maigret series