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In 1994, what author of "All Creatures Great and Small" was
hospitalized after being attacked by a flock of sheep?
a. David Sedaris
b. James Herriot
c. Nick Hornby
d. PG Wodehouse
Three of these are South African writers. One is a South African
runner known for racing barefoot ... and for Britain. Who is the odd person out?
a. Athol Fugard
b. Zola Budd
c. Alan Paton
d. Nadine Gordimer
For Frederick Forsyth, it was "of the Jackal", but for Nathanael
West it was "of the Locust". What is it?
For Thomas Mann, it was "in Venice", for Agatha Christie it was "on
the Nile" and for Ernest Hemingway it was "in the Afternoon". What is it?
EM Forster wrote about one with a view, and Virginia Woolf wrote
about having one of one's own. What?
a. A window
b. A room
c. A lover
d. A beach
Having thoroughly annoyed the world's Muslims with "The Satanic
Verse", who vexed its Hindus with "The Moor's Last Sigh"?
a. Ari Behn
b. Christopher Hitchens
c. Salman Rushdie
d. Irshad Manji
What book did William Peter Blatty write with the $10,000 he won
from You Bet Your Life?
b. The Amityville Horror
c. The Exorcist
Subtitled "A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather", what
was the immodest title of Jincy Willett's 2003 novel, which includes the name of a prize first awarded at New
York's Waldorf Astoria in 1950?
a. Book-of-the-Month Selection
b. Winner of the National Book Award
c. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
d. Winner of the Nobel Prize
Novelist Robin Cook has said, "If my books stop selling I can
always fall back on" what other career of his?
a. Rocket science
b. Brain surgery
c. Civic architecture
d. Criminal law
In November 1910, after his sixth son died, he finally left his
wife and his estate, but he caught pneumonia and died at the railway station of Astapovo. Ironically, one of
his most famous creations died at a train station, too. Who was he?
a. Leo Tolstoy
b. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
c. Boris Pasternak
d. Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Ironically enough, what practically blind writer wrote "Eyeless in
Gaza" and "The Doors of Perception"?
a. HG Wells
b. John Milton
c. Aldous Huxley
d. William Blake
In 1960, I stabbed my wife, Adele Morales, with a three-inch pen
knife after an all-night party. She didn't press charges. Who am I?
a. William Burroughs
b. Truman Capote
c. Norman Mailer
d. Jack Kerouac
Which writer's firm, Charles L Webster and Company, published the
memoirs of people like Ulysses Grant, but went bankrupt in 1894 after losing $200,000 on an automatic
a. Mark Twain
b. Henry David Thoreau
c. Charles Dickens
d. Sir Walter Scott
What made the 2004 Nicholson Baker's novel Checkpoint, and the 2006
Gabriel Range movie abbreviated DOAP, so controversial?
a. They were about assassinating George W Bush
b. They suggested that Jesus married Mary Magdalene
c. They were about world war against Arabs
d. They graphically depicted sex with children
What Shakespeare character had no first name, although she was
based on a real-life 11th-century woman named Gruoch?
a. Lady Macbeth
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