What was Patricia Cornwell's first novel?
What genre does she specialise in? who is the persistent main character n her novels?
Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta
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.")
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?
A Morbid Taste for Bones
Phyllis Dorothy (P D) James
What Jane Austin sequel did P D James write
Death Comes to Pemberley
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
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
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
Son of Kingsley
Born in Wales in 1949
What are the three most notable works of Martin Amis
The Rachel Papers (1973)
London Fields (1989)
Who did the NYT describe as the master of what "the new unpleasantness"
And as probably Britain's angriest writer
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
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)
Most famous for what novel
Patrick Suskind (Germany) 1949 -
Most famous for - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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)
Alec Baldwin (in Hunt for Red October)
Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, The Sum of all Films)
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 (not too surprisingly)
SEAL is SEa, Air and Land Teams
Special Operations Group
No Easy Day by Matt Bissonnette
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
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
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
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!
Nominated for how many Booker Prizes
Penelope Lively (1933 - )
born in Cairo
Nominated for three Booker Prizes
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?
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
Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008)
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)
Famous for what series?
1903 - 1989
Responsible for the Jules Maigret series