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James Herriot - James Herriot was the pen name of James Alfred Wight.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

Zola Budd - Zola Budd broke the world record in the women's 5000 metres twice.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

Day - Forsyth also wrote The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol and The Dogs of War.For Frederick Forsyth, it was "of the Jackal", but for Nathanael West it was "of the Locust". What is it?

       a. Day
       b. Revenge
       c. Heart
       d. Range

Death - Agatha Christie won the Anthony Award for Best Writer Of The Century.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?

       a. Love
       b. Holidays
       c. Death
       d. Boating

A room - EM Forster had five novels published in his lifetime.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

Salman Rushdie - Death threats were made against Salman, including one issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989.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

The Exorcist - The Exorcist was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism that Blatty heard about while he was a student.What book did William Peter Blatty write with the $10,000 he won from You Bet Your Life?

       a. Jaws
       b. The Amityville Horror
       c. The Exorcist
       d. Airport

Winner of the National Book Award - Her third book, a mystery entitled The Writing Class was published in 2008.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

Brain surgery - Many of Cook's books have been bestsellers on the New York Times Bestseller List.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

Leo Tolstoy - The Decembrists was a planned novel by Leo Tolstoy, who finished three chapters.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

Aldous Huxley - Huxley is best known for his novel Brave New World.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

Norman Mailer - Norman's final novel, The Castle in the Forest, focused on Hitler's childhood.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

Mark Twain - Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He was born during a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would die when it returned. He died the day following its return.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 typesetting machine?

       a. Mark Twain
       b. Henry David Thoreau
       c. Charles Dickens
       d. Sir Walter Scott

They were about assassinating George W Bush - In 1997, Baker received the San Francisco–based James Madison Freedom of Information Award.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

Lady Macbeth - Lady Macbeth is a character in Shakespeare's Macbeth.What Shakespeare character had no first name, although she was based on a real-life 11th-century woman named Gruoch?

       a. Lady Macbeth
       b. Desdemona
       c. Cordelia
       d. Juliet

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