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Which recently released non-fiction book became the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time?
Alex Ferguson – My autobiography
Morrissey – Autobiography
David Jason – My Life
I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
Question 1 Explanation:
Apparently people have heard of him...
Which classic comic series finally returned this week?
V for Vendetta
Calvin & Hobbes
Little Nemo in Slumberland
Question 2 Explanation:
Sorry if we built your hopes up that there might be more Calvin & Hobbes fun. Sandman is basically the same...
Which crime writer claimed this week to have solved a cold case murder from 1931?
Question 3 Explanation:
James claims to have solved the murder of Julia Wallace, which "compares only to the Ripper murders in 1888 in the amount of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, which it has created." This isn't a cunning publicity stunt for her new book - this case was already the inspiration for her 1982 novel The Skull Beneath the Skin.
We announced our six contenders for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2013 this week. Which of the books below was nominated for last year's award?
Stoner, John Williams
On The Map, Simon Garfield
A Possible Life, Sebastian Faulks
Dear Lupin, Roger and Charlie Mortimer
Question 4 Explanation:
Other quick facts - Random House Penguin have three books on the list; three of the six could (probably) be described as non-fiction; and The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is the first graphic novel to make the cut.
Since it was Halloween yesterday - which spooky author received a rejection letter that included the following: "Readers in this country have a decided and strong preference for works (especially fiction) in which a single and connected story occupies the whole volume, or number of volumes, as the case may be; and we have always found that republications of magazine articles, known to be such, are the most unsaleable of all literary performances."
Edgar Allen Poe
Question 5 Explanation:
Yes, it was Edgar Allen Poe. Or "Deadgar Allen Poe" if you want to give him an extra spooky Halloween twist.
A new Seamus Heaney poem was published this week. What was it called?
In a Field
From Above, So Below
Question 6 Explanation:
Recipe sounded promising though didn't it?
Who is about to publish the fortieth book in their hugely popular series?
George R.R. Martin
Question 7 Explanation:
We. Are. So. Excited. Raising Steam is out this coming Thursday - but look out for our review this weekend.
Which enormously popular ITV series is set to be novelised?
The X Factor
Question 8 Explanation:
The limited edition of the first book will (not) come with a free visit from David Tennant who will read the whole book to you in the comfort of your own home.
Which Scotland based author was left off a list of to find the "favourite Scottish books of the last fifty years"?
Question 9 Explanation:
To be fair, she was born in Gloucestershire - even Muriel Spark who was born in Edinburgh didn't make it onto the list.
And finally, which footballer held a "digital book signing" over the internet this week?
Question 10 Explanation:
Well, technically he probably "held" a stylus which he did the online signing with...
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