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Which Hollywood star announced their "Body Book" this week?
Question 1 Explanation:
In the book, Diaz explains why we should all "sweat a little every day" and admits that until she made the changes to her life that she describes, "If you are what you eat, I was a bean burrito with extra cheese and extra sauce, no onions." Put those two bits of information together for something of an aroma picture.
David Lagercrantz is set to take up Stieg Larsson's mantel in a brand new sequel to the Millennium Trilogy. What is Lagercrantz currently best known for?
Being Larsson's editor
Being nominated for the William Hill Prize
Having said how much he hated Larsson's books
Changing his surname from "Tøsling" to "Lagercrantz" as the result of losing a bet
Question 2 Explanation:
He was the ghost writer on footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Presumably then the new novel will see Mikael Blomkvist being called up to play for the Swedish national team whilst Salander hacks the bank account of a European club-owning Russian oligarchs who she finds is into some dodgy dealings. And if it is, we want a cut for coming up with the plot line.
Who did comic book writer Daniel Clowes - author of Ghost World and Wilson amongst others - have a beef with this week for having used his work without his permission?
Question 3 Explanation:
LaBeouf was very apologetic about using dialogue lifted directly from Clowes' story "Justin M Damiano in his short film "Howard Cantour.com", saying: "Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.... In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation.... Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration... I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it ... deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work..."
According to an article in the Christmas edition of the Medical Journal of Australia - baddies in the fantasy genre lose out to the good guys because of...
Vitamin D deficiency
Anxiety and depression
Question 4 Explanation:
The article, entitled "The hobbit — an unexpected deficiency" was based on "Data on the dietary habits, moral attributes and martial prowess of various inhabitants of Middle Earth". It found that the "vitamin D score was significantly higher among the good and victorious characters (mean, 3.4; SD, 0.5) than the evil and defeated ones (mean, 0.2; SD, 0.4; P < 0.001)."
Which much anticipated - and constantly stalling - adaptation received a boost this week when Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on as producer?
The Book Thief
The Graveyard Book
Question 5 Explanation:
Gordon-Levitt tweeted "I've signed on as a producer on Sandman. The rest remains to be seen. Delighted you guys are excited. I am too!" Yet, for once, Neil "Twitter" Gaiman has yet to comment. Though he might have by the time this quiz goes live...
In the trailer for his new memoir, Little Failure, who plays Gary Shteyngart's psychiatrist?
Question 6 Explanation:
In the star-studded promo, there is also a cameo from James Franco who plays Shteyngart's husband - who announces he is going to release his own book, "an erotic journey" at the same time as Shteyngart's memoir.
Who were these people queueing to meet at our Piccadilly bookshop this Thursday?
Question 7 Explanation:
Beckham was the main attraction at our flagship bookshop this Thursday - meeting his fans and signing his new book, "David Beckham". See what they did there?
The new film adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is out in cinemas shortly - who wrote the original short story?
Question 8 Explanation:
Yes, Walter Mitty is another classic from the author of The 13 Clocks - which you really should read if you haven't already.
Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery is the working title of a new autobiography by the half-brother of which political figure...
Question 9 Explanation:
Obama's half-brother - Mark Obama Ndesandjo - already published a semi-autobiographical novel in 2009. He currently lives in Shenzen, China, and has met the US President only a few times. Bit of a non-story, we know, but it's been a slow news week.
An court in Istanbul this week suspended the trial of a Turkish publisher and a translator who stood accused of "corrupting public morals" by working to publish which book?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Exploits of a Young Don Juan
The Fault in Our Stars
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Question 10 Explanation:
The defendants were hoping for a full acquittal on the case which they've been fighting since 2009 and have said they'll go ahead with the publication.
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