Big book quiz answers

1. Children’s author Judith Kerr celebrates her 90th birthday this year.Which two titular animals feature in her most famous books, one a picture book about an uninvited dinner guest, one a novel set during the Second World War?

The tiger who came to tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Untitled2. Here’s the cover of a popular recent novel with the author and title taken off. Can you name the book and its author?

The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

3. Earlier this year a new version of Sense and Sensibility was published. Who wrote it?

Joanna Trollope

4. Which two comic book series were translated into Scots this year?

Tintin and Asterix and Obelix

5. Piffy, Bing and Bird are the nicknames of which set of sisters?

The Du Maurier sisters Angela, Daphne and Jeanne

6. The Scottish Book Trust held a public vote to decide the nation’s favourite Scottish novel of the past 50 years. Which book came out on top?

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

7. Which series of travel books is named after a thirteenth century Venetian traveller?

Marco Polo

8. The latest Terry Pratchett novel shot straight to the top of the charts this year, beating Ian Rankin’s new book to the top spot. What is the latest Discworld novel called?

Raising Steam

9. Ian Rankin’s new book obviously didn’t do too badly either. Can you name it?

Saints of the Shadow Bible

10. This thriller was published in paperback in early January, and held a spot in the Official UK Top 50 until the middle of October, making it the most successful paperback novel of 2013. No doubt sales will pick up again once the film is released in 2014. What is the book, and who wrote it?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

11. David Walliams has turned out to be one of Britain’s most successful children’s authors, and his latest novel, Demon Dentist, is still in the bestseller charts. Can you name two more novels by him?

The Boy in a Dress, Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink, Ratburger, Billionaire Boy

12. Can you identify the popular children’s book from this picture clue?


The Wind in the Willows 

For the next few questions we’re looking for what these authors, books or characters have in common:

13. Arthur Conan Doyle, Anton Chekhov, W. Somerset Maugham

They were all qualified medical doctors

14. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Green Mile by Stephen King

Adapted as films starring Tom Hanks

15. Ulysses by James Joyce, After Dark by Haruki Murakami, Saturday by Ian McEwan

Novels set on a single day

16. Anna Sewell, Harper Lee, Emily Bronte

Published one novel

17. Harry Potter, Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre


18. Harry Potter travels to school in a train, departing from London Kings Cross. What is the platform number?

Nine and three quarters


19. Name the book title and author from this picture clue

The time-traveller’s wife

20. Finally, which poet was the first female Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom?

Carol Ann Duffy


4 thoughts on “Big book quiz answers

  1. Thanks for the Quiz and for combatting the trend in society to ‘ dumb down ‘ ………. I have to say, I didn’t get as many right as I would like to have done !


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