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The Penguin Book Quiz

James Walton

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PUBLISHED: 3rd October 2019
ISBN: 9780241986035
The Penguin Book Quiz
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  • Paperback
PUBLISHED: 3rd October 2019
ISBN: 9780241986035

Publisher Description

Which Haruki Murakami novel shares its title with a Beatles song? In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie's surname? What is heavy-drinking Rachel Watson known as in the title of a 21st-century bestseller? And what do you get if you add the number of Bennet sisters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to the number of Karamazov brothers in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov?

With four hundred questions covering books from literary classics to modern bestsellers, through iconic children's books and books you say that you've read but really you haven't, The Penguin Book Quiz is as appropriate for making you look well-read at a party as it is for a book-loving family to tuck into after Christmas dinner- it's as enjoyable to read as it is to play.

Featuring the work of everyone from Antony Beevor to Zadie Smith, books from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses, and with movie, music, television, theatre and literary references abound, this entertaining quiz tickles the fancy (and the brains) of light and heavy readers alike.


  • Norwegian Wood
  • Bucket
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Eight (five sisters, three brothers)

Author Biography

James Walton has written and hosted 17 series of BBC Radio 4's books quiz, The Write Stuff. He also writes questions for BBC2's Only Connect and contributes a weekly quiz to the FT Weekend magazine. He is the books editor of Reader's Digest and reviews books for the Spectator, The Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The New York Review of Books. His previous books are The Faber Book of Smoking and Sonnets, Bonnets and Bennetts- A Literary Quiz Book.


How nice it would be if the family would sit around the Boxing Day fireside considering the questions in affable competition Daily Telegraph on 'Sonnets, Bonnets & Bennetts' A must for those who think they know their literature . . . includes the unexpected, alongside the more serious Independent on 'Sonnets, Bonnets & Bennetts' Fiendish, funny and endlessly surprising, James Walton has provided the perfect volume for anyone who loves books, relishes a quiz or just fancies showing off at a dinner party The perfect gift for the sort of person (like me) who shouts the answers at University Challenge Attractively presented in vintage Penguin livery, this is the ultimate literary quiz, packed full of questions on everyone from Dickens to Dahl. With such a broad range of genres and topics covered, The Penguin Book Quiz really is the perfect antidote to tired parlour games and awkward small talk this Christmas Waterstones, Top 10 Gifts for Bookworms this Christmas Quite possibly the greatest social lubricant since the invention of alcohol. An absolute delight -- John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal Few quiz questions make you smile, laugh or gasp. James Walton's always do. The Penguin Book Quiz is unceasingly enormous fun -- Alan Connor, author of Two Girls, One on Each Knee and The Joy of Quiz It's so much fun. The perfect level for keen but not necessarily expert readers. Specific enough to make you reach back into your memory and occasionally kick yourself at not finding the answer, but not so specialised that you want to give up . . . I'll definitely be buying copies of this book as gifts Detailed, entertaining and wonderfully informative, a must-have for quiz aficionados and bibliophiles alike Kevin Ashman

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James Walton
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Penguin Books Ltd
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United Kingdom
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From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses - The Perfect Gift!