Here are the answers to my book lovers’ quiz (if you have not had a go yet you can see the questions here). Let me know how you got on!
1. Real name nom de plume
Stephen King Richard Bachman
Anton Chekhov Man Without a Spleen
Mary Ann Evans George Eliot
William Sydney Porter O. Henry
Agatha Christie Mary Westmacott
2. The series all contain six books which is known as a hexalogy or a sextet.
3. d) 1987. Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature for Doctor Zhivago after it was smuggled out of Russia and published. Sadly the Russian government banned him from collecting his prize.
4. The James Bond series by Ian Fleming. Fleming himself wrote about Bond in 12 novels and 2 short stories.
5. Slumdog Millionaire. The film went on to win 8 Oscars.
6. They were all unfinished novels which were posthumously published (some in fragments).
7. S. E. Hinton (The Outsiders) was 18
Percy Bysshe Shelley (Zastrozzi) was 18
Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) was 21
Brett Easton Ellis (Less than Zero) was 21
George Eliot (Adam Bede) was 40
Richard Adams (Watership Down) was 52
Anna Sewell (Black Beauty) was 57
Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) was 66
9. d) 2.1 million. The book came in ten volumes and has 13,095 pages.
10. b) A Tale of Two Cities. Although numerous celebrated books vie for the title of best-selling book of all time, poor record keeping in the past and unreliable sales figures has made gaining a definitive answer difficult, however it has widely been agreed that A Tale of Two Cities has sold over 200 million copies since publication.
11. The skins of roughly 170 calves would be required to make one bible from vellum.
12. a) ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
b) ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ 1984 by George Orwell
c) ‘It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents…’ Paul Clifford by George Bulwer-Lytton
d) ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
13. Jacket colour type of book
Green crime fiction
Cerise travel & adventure
Dark blue biography
14. d) 38. Mitchell is in good company. J K Rowling, James Joyce, Beatrix Potter and Yann Martel were all also rejected by numerous publishers before finally securing a deal.
15. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
I hope you enjoyed the quiz! You can buy The Book Lovers’ Miscellany here.